What is the Safest Seat in a Car Crash?

September 21st, 2017

View of the interior of a modern business car showing the dashboard

For years, we’ve been told that the back seat was the safest place to sit if you were involved in a car accident. And for decades this was true. Now, however, things may be changing. Recent advancements in crash technology has improved the safety features in the front seat, making the front passenger seat a lot safer.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a study in 2015 to determine where the safest place to sit in a car accident really was. They found that in cars manufactured after 2006, passengers had a 46% greater chance of dying in a car accident when riding in the back seat. Even if they were wearing their seat belts, front seat passengers fared better. Read the rest of this entry »

Unbelted Passengers Can Fatally Injure Others

August 30th, 2017

hand buckling seat belt | Unbelted PassengersNew study determines that a seatbelt can save more than just the life of the person wearing it.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted a study in which it was determined that a driver is two times as apt to be killed in an accident if he or she has an unbelted passenger seated behind them- even if the driver is wearing his or her own seatbelt.

Video of the front crash test shows the test dummy in the rear colliding with the back of the driver’s seat forcefully enough to thrust the driver into the steering wheel just as the airbag is deflating after the point of impact at just 35 mph. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Light Accident Involving Train Results in Only Minor Injuries

July 31st, 2017

railroad crossing sign against sky | Red Light Accident Involving Train Results in Only Minor InjuriesEarlier this month a light rail train accident occurred after a Denver driver ran a red light. The RTD said that the woman ran the red light in the area of Park Avenue and Welton Street in downtown and was immediately smashed between the train and a pole. Firefighters at the scene of the red light accident had to pry the woman out of the car, but she miraculously only suffered minor injuries.

Running a red light is a dangerous and risky driving behavior. In fact, in 2014 alone, red light runnners were responsible for an estimated 126,000 injuries and more than 700 deaths. The Insurance institute for Highway Safety study of all urban crashes concluded that accidents caused by red light runners were the most common type of crash and these accidents led to injuries in nearly 40% of all those crashes. Read the rest of this entry »

“Who Is Responsible for My Car Accident?”

June 23rd, 2017

two men on their phones after an accident | Who Is Responsible for My Car AccidentAfter you have been injured in a car accident, it is natural to have many questions running through your mind. Who is responsible for my car accident? How will I pay my medical expenses? Who is going to get my car repaired? Who will pay for my missed time at work? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Children Have a Hard Time Safely Crossing the Street

May 31st, 2017

girl in red crossing the street | Children Have a Hard Time Safely Crossing the StreetAs an adult, you have probably crossed the street so many times that you rarely think about it one way or another. You assess the traffic, watch the signs and cross, without thinking much about it one way or another. It is important to remember, that this simple process may be anything but simple for a child. The University of Iowa has released new research which definitively shows that children have a hard time safely crossing the street. In fact, children up to the age of 14 lack the necessary motor skills and perceptual judgment to consistently cross a busy street without placing themselves in harm’s way. Read the rest of this entry »

Playing Tetris can Alleviate Car Accident PTSD

April 27th, 2017

screen shot from tetris | Playing Tetris can Alleviate Car Accident PTSDAfter a devastating and catastrophic car accident, it is common for many accident victims to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, 70% of adults will experience some type of traumatic event in their lives and 20% of those people will go on to develop PTSD afterwards. Statistically, women are more likely to develop PTSD than men – at least 2x more likely. Treatment for PTSD has always ranged from medication to therapy – until now.

Researchers found that victims suffering from PTSD who played Tetris within a few hours of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event were able to greatly prevent PTSD. Why? After a traumatic event, the memories of that trauma become a virtual loop in the brain. This loop can be difficult to break and often results in PTSD. The game Tetris competes with that loop and blocks traumatic memories from becoming formed in the brain and taking root. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dangers of Highway Fog and Smoke

March 24th, 2017

foggy highway at night with yellow street lights | The Dangers of Highway Fog and SmokeRecent widespread grass fires in Washington state serve as a deadly reminder of the dangers of highway fog and smoke.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has used the unfortunate events in Washington state to remind drivers to make the necessary adjustments when they encounter smoke or fog on the highway.

Smoke and fog can act as blinders, making vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects impossible to see until the last minute. This can leave drivers with inadequate time to react or take appropriate corrective measures. Read the rest of this entry »

What to do if you’ve TOTALED Your Car?

February 27th, 2017

You’ve just been in an accident and your car sustained a lot of damage. How do you know if it is totaled? If you’ve totaled your car, can you keep it and fix it? What will the insurance company give you for your totaled car? Read the rest of this entry »

Slip and Fall Accident – The Homeowner’s Responsibilities

January 31st, 2017

松葉杖を立てかけるHomeowners- like all property owners- have a duty to keep their homes hazard free for visitors. While some accidents cannot be foreseen, others occur because of negligence. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in someone’s home, you might be able to file a claim against the homeowner’s insurance or pursue a lawsuit to make a recovery for your injuries.

This concept falls under the general legal term of “Premises Liability,” which says that homeowners must maintain their properties in such a way that will keep guests safe. This includes clearing walkways of snow and ice, and securing floor mats and loose cords. Read the rest of this entry »

The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in Pueblo

December 30th, 2016

Pueblo, Colorado Flags - Backlit with Cloud | The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in PuebloUsing data from 2014, the PPD has put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in Pueblo.

Kathleen Krager, the traffic engineering division manager for the city of Colorado Springs says the information gained from compiling the list is used to identify areas where city traffic engineers can implement modifications to improve driver safety. What concerns her most is the areas that make the list that don’t have a very high traffic volume. Read the rest of this entry »