When most people think about work-related motor vehicle accidents, they tend to think of occupations that only involve driving professionally, such as truckers and commercial drivers. This is often not actually the case, however. A study by Denver-based Pinnacol Assurance Inc., the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Colorado, revealed that more workers in non-professional driving occupations are spending an increased amount of time on the road as part of their jobs. This in turn has lead to serious car accidents and fatalities. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Auto Accident’ Category
Recent 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. (more…)
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), advancements in safety technology can only carry the traffic accident statistics so far. Apparently lower gas prices and a stronger economy were more influential factors in contributing to the largest increase in car accident fatalities in the past five decades.
The final tally has not been made, however, early estimates from the NSC indicate that approximately 38,300 people died on U.S. roads last year, and an additional 4.4 million sustained serious injuries. That’s the largest number of traffic deaths since 2008. (more…)
The 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. (more…)
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. (more…)
Rollover 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. (more…)
According to an analysis of 2 million insurance claims, surgeons and general practitioners are tops on the list of drivers most likely to cause a car accident. In fact, the top ten list of most accident-prone drivers includes an alarming number of healthcare professionals. (more…)
Once you file a personal injury claim in Colorado, the defense will begin their task of fighting it. Whether it’s the insurance company or a private defense lawyer, the defense will look to find any evidence that will help reduce their liability—and ultimately your compensation. As long as you are in a public setting, you can believe that you are being watched—and watched closely. (more…)
Excessive speed may have played a role in a head-on collision, which lead to the death of 2 men. Ryan Gorter, 28, of Boulder, was riding a motorcycle westbound on Larimer Country Road 38E when he crashed head-on with another motorcycle driven by Rick Ross, of Loveland. The head-on collision caused both riders to be thrown from their motorcycles. Ryan Gorter died at the scene of the accident and Rick Ross was taken to a nearby hospital where he later passed away. (more…)