“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 »

Falling Poses a Serious Danger for the Elderly

November 30th, 2016

Senior couple walking outdoors in springFalling poses a serious danger for the elderly. So much so, that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to increase healthcare provider’s understanding of the dangers of falling. Falls lead to approximately 27,000 fatalities each year, and sadly, most of those at risk are older Americans. The issue has become so troubling, that safety advocated have begun to call the matter a public health issue. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

October 20th, 2016

X-ray image of the brain computed tomography | Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

Many advancements have been made recently in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Despite all these advancements, however, the primary prescription for those suffering a brain injury remains “rest.”

The term “rest” is somewhat of a relative term, meaning different things to different people, and all based on what their idea of an active or full schedule may be. In addition to that, there is a general misconception that merely resting the body is sufficient to recover from a brain injury. When, in actuality, the brain itself needs rest just as much- or more. But just what is required to fully rest the mind and body, so that you can maximize your healing after a brain injury? Read the rest of this entry »

Fatal Car Collisions Involving Alcohol

September 30th, 2016

Man drinking a beer while driving

Between 25% and 30% of all Americans will be in a crash which has some element of alcohol involvement at some point in their life. 2012 statistics showed that almost a third of all auto fatalities involved alcohol, prompting all fifty states to now make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Drunk drivers cause more fatal crashes at night—almost four times as many—than in the daytime.

Even more startling is that intoxicated drivers who were involved in a fatal car collision were found to be seven times as likely to have a prior DUI conviction. The reality is that no one should ever get behind the wheel of a car when impaired from drugs or alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, even though laws across the nation have gotten increasingly strict regarding driving under the influence, there are still over 12,000 people each year who die in fatal car collisions involving alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »