In Colorado and elsewhere, car collisions and other violent traumas can cause a spinal fracture. A fracture of the spine occurs most often in the mid and lower back, but it may fracture at their connection, called the thoracolumbar junction. Extreme energy is usually required to cause these injuries, such as a car collision or a high fall. A weakened vertebra may also fracture due to osteoporosis or other medical conditions.
Distracted driving occurs when individuals take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or minds off handling the vehicle. Activities that can cause an individual to become distracted include conversing with someone in the car, texting, eating and using technology that is built into their vehicle. Reading and sending text messages is considered to be the most dangerous form of distraction since it requires the use of the mind, eyes and hands. Residents of Colorado should take note of the following statistics in order to be aware of what drivers should avoid doing.
A two-car crash in Colorado ended in injury to four individuals after a sedan crossed into oncoming traffic, striking an SUV on Colo. 60 on Nov. 13. According to police, the accident investigation was ongoing at the time of the report.