Parking Lot and Backup Dangers Still Persist | Pueblo Car Accident Attorney

January 12th, 2016

Empty space car park interior at nightThe release of a recent AAA study has brought to light the single most dangerous thing we can do in our cars- back out of a parking space. And unfortunately, all of the latest backup technology can’t always help.

AAA encourages motorists to be more dependent on their driving skills and less so on rear cross-traffic alert systems which may, or may not, notify them every time an object is in their path. The best way to do this, says AAA, is for drivers to back into parking spaces, allowing them to pull forward when leaving the spot, with obstacles more clearly visible.

In a collaborative effort with the Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA tested the effectiveness of rear cross-traffic warning systems of various unspecified vehicles. When traffic is approaching from the sides, these systems notify the driver, visually and audibly, anytime the vehicle is in reverse. The tests, however, indicated inconsistencies in system performances. Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Accidents Highlight the Dangers of TBI

December 11th, 2015

Artistic blue brain exray | Dangers of TBIAs a professional football player, Wes Walker has quite a long list of accolades and accomplishments. He’s a three-time AFC champion, three-time NFL receptions leader, four-time All-Pro selection, and five-time Pro Bowler. Unfortunately, he’s also the recipient of, at least, six concussions.

He also recently signed a one-year deal with the receiver-poor St. Louis Rams. That’s good news for the Rams- getting a great deal on a player with a top notch resume just when they need him most.

It might not, however, be such good news for Welker- a talented player, still in his early 30s with many years ahead of him, but already with a long history of concussion-causing blows to the head. While he has been cleared to play by the country’s leading concussion specialist, who is also a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, one has to wonder if it’s really worth the risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash Injuries

November 17th, 2015

Businessman sending a text message | Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash InjuriesThe majority of states across the country now have bans in place on texting and driving. A new study suggests those laws may be averting some serious car crashes.

In states that have implemented relatively stringent texting bans, investigators discovered a direct correlation among fewer hospitalizations due to car accidents and those bans between 2003 and 2010. According to the American Journal of Public Health, hospitalization rates dropped by 7 percent overall in states with bans, compared to states without texting bans. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Back on Your Motorcycle after an Accident

October 30th, 2015

Motorcycle on highway at dusk | Getting back on your motorcycle after an accidentFor a variety of reasons, getting back on your motorcycle after an accident can be a very difficult process and one accompanied with great anxiety. Once you’ve identified the source of your anxiety, you will be better equipped to resolve those issues and get back on the road.

Fear is a primary deterrent to getting back on your motorcycle after an accident. Riders may fear experiencing a similar type of accident or re-living the pain and injuries associated with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Motorcycle Deaths in 2015

September 25th, 2015

race in the desertWhile the total number of statewide motorcycle fatalities for the year is running about average, there have already been 12 deaths since June. The Colorado Department of Transportation generally anticipates more fatalities as the weather becomes warmer. This number, however, is still disheartening.

So far there have been 52 Colorado motorcycle deaths in 2015 - four just in Larimer County alone. According to a database maintained by the Coloradoan, that is already one more fatality than all of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Fibromyalgia and Car Accidents – An Interesting Connection

August 31st, 2015

Man with Fibromyalgia | Fibromyalgia and Car Accidents A recent study suggests an interesting connection between fibromyalgia and car accidents –   Drivers diagnosed with fibromyalgia seem to be at an increased risk of being in car accidents.

Published in the July issue of the Journal of Rheumatology, the investigation determined that, even years after their initial diagnosis, persons who suffer from fibromyalgia demonstrated a car accident risk double that of the general population. Lead researcher, Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a senior scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, noted these accidents were more than just mere fender-benders, but the type of accidents that sent victims to the hospital with injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

June Crash Highlights the Dangers of Hit and Run Accidents

July 17th, 2015

dangerous crossingA hit and run accident in June resulting in one man in intensive care with multiple injuries, highlights the dangers of hit and run accidents.

Forty-five-year-old Christopher Baca was riding his motorcycle through the intersection of Interstate 70 frontage road and Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge one night when he was struck by a white Ford Dooley pickup truck.

The driver of the truck was making a left turn at the intersection and failed to stop after hitting Christopher. The truck continued with its left turn even as it rolled over Christopher and his bike. Read the rest of this entry »

Lane-Splitting May Actually be Safe | Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorney

June 22nd, 2015

Biker First-person view. Winter slippery roadCalifornia legislators commissioned a study to determine the reasonability of legalizing lane-splitting- with certain restrictions and guidelines- for motorcyclists. The comprehensive study, carried out by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, indicates that lane splitting might actually be safer for motorcyclists than not lane-splitting. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Motorcycle Helmets Dangerous?

May 22nd, 2015

Are Motorcycle Helmets Dangerous?Crash studies have shown that motorcyclists who wear helmets are 29% more likely to survive a motorcycle crash. In addition, they are 2.5x less likely to suffer a serious head injury, compared to those riders who opted not to ride with a helmet on. Yet, not everyone believes that motorcycle helmets are safe. Opponents of mandatory state motorcycle helmet laws say that helmets actually increase the rider’s risk of getting into a motorcycle crash. Why? They believe that they interfere with the rider’s ability to see and hear the surrounding traffic. But is this right? Are Motocycle Helmets Dangerous? Read the rest of this entry »

Tripped and Un-tripped Rollover Accidents Explained

April 26th, 2015

Tripped and Un-tripped Rollover Accidents ExplainedRollover crashes are dangerous accidents that have a greater fatality rate than other kinds of accidents. They are rare, but deadly events, claiming one-third of passenger vehicle deaths while accounting for only 3 percent of all crashes.

Tripped and un-tripped rollover accidents are the two different types of these kinds of crashes. Contact with external forces, such as curbs or collisions with other vehicles can lead to tripped rollovers. In fact, the most common scenario for a tripped rollover happens when a vehicle’s tires strike the curb as it slides sideways, digging into soft ground on the shoulder of the road causing a sudden increase in lateral force.

Untripped rollovers happen when a vehicle is destabilized by cornering forces. As a vehicle turns a corner, three forces act on it: tire forces, inertia, and gravity. The forces from the tires act below the vehicle’s center of mass, pushing it toward the center of the curve. Inertia acts horizontally away from the center of the turn. When these two forces overcome the force of gravity, the vehicle begins to roll over. Read the rest of this entry »