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Head-on car accidents often claim multiple lives

Most Colorado drivers know the feeling of traveling behind a slower moving vehicle and wanting to pass it. People completing this maneuver must do so with extreme caution, as car accidents sometimes happen in such situations, often resulting in tragedy. Unfortunately, this was the case in a fiery crash in Cheyenne County in which eight people died.

The horrific crash happened on a recent Friday afternoon on Highway 40. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the incident began when a pickup truck traveling in the westbound lane attempted to pass another vehicle. Although the pickup was in a passing zone, it struck an east-bound vehicle head-on.

Careless driving can lead to fatal car accidents

All Colorado residents holding a valid driver's licence should know the responsibility that comes with such a document. Drivers must always remember they are in charge of a large piece of machinery that, if not properly controlled, could seriously injure or kill a person. Safe operation of a motor vehicle means drivers should not only follow all the rules of the road, but also maintain focus on the task of driving during their entire time behind the wheel. Car accidents can occur in a split second, and even a few moments of inattention can result in tragedy. Unfortunately, this may have been what happened when a woman was killed in a crash west of La Junta.

The single-vehicle crash happened early on a recent Thursday morning. According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 26-year-old woman was traveling west on Highway 10 when she lost control of her vehicle. The car ran off the road and rolled. The car's front seat passenger, a 22-year-old woman who, reportedly, was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. Unfortunately, she died at the crash site.

Colorado car accidents: Man killed on side of highway

Many Colorado drivers have, at one time or another, experienced car trouble while on the road and have had to pull over to the shoulder to address the problem. Most often, people in such a predicament can safely do what needs to be done and continue on their way. However, sometimes car accidents result from these situations, either during the attempt to exit the road or when the driver or passengers are standing outside the vehicle once it has stopped. In fact, tragically, a Fort Lupton man was recently killed on a highway in what is believed to have been a hit-and-run incident.

The 30-year-old was driving home from work on a Tuesday evening when he pulled his vehicle over to the side of the highway. Investigators have said they believe the man experienced car trouble and was standing outside the vehicle at the time of the crash. Reportedly, officers responding to a call about the incident found the man lying in a ditch.

Car accidents: Boy killed in hit-and-run crash at intersection

Safe drivers know that not only must they thoroughly understand and follow the rules of the road, they also must consistently maintain focus while operating a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, car accidents often happen, in Colorado and elsewhere, when people fail to meet these requirements. Many different types of circumstances may lead to a crash, of course, but driving while impaired or distracted or other reckless driving behaviors are common causes. Any one of these factors may have contributed to a recent tragic incident that killed a male juvenile. A suspect has now been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash.

According to a probable cause statement from the  Denver Police Department, the crash happened when a 24-year-old man failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection in east Denver. Apparently, he was traveling at an unknown rate of speed. His vehicle struck an SUV, causing it to roll over and land in a yard near the intersection. The man continued driving, hitting a parked car near the crash site. He fled that scene on foot, but police located him a short time later.

Car accidents: Victim of fatal crash identified

Colorado State Patrol has issued a statement identifying the victim of a fatal car wreck in El Paso County. A 20-year-old man from Colorado Springs died after presumably causing an accident that involved three vehicles. Several others sustained injuries of ranging severity in the incident, and as with the victims of all car accidents in this state and across the country, they retain the right to seek compensation for the damages they incurred.

The accident happened in the afternoon of May 20. According to reports, the 20-year-old man was attempting to pass another vehicle on U.S. 24 when his sedan collided with an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. A vehicle behind the SUV subsequently ran into the back of the SUV, pushing the car off the road.

Brain injury victims may benefit from new blood test research

Injuries to the brain can unfortunately take a toll on a person both physically and emotionally in Colorado. Some individuals recover from brain injury relatively quickly, whereas recovery takes longer for others. Fortunately, new research shows that blood tests can help doctors understand which individuals may require years to fully recover from their concussions.

Researchers recently found that people with histories of three or more concussions had a higher likelihood of having a protein called neurofilament light chain. This protein can be found in the blood when a person's nerve cells have died or been injured. However, in addition to pointing to brain damage, this protein has been linked to severe symptoms such as depression and PTSD even years after a concussion has happened.

Alcohol-related car accidents may lead to injuries, death

An individual in Colorado has sadly lost his life in a car crash. Meanwhile, another person suffered injuries in the Saturday night crash. According to police, the combination of speeding and drunk driving, which can cause serious car accidents, played a role in the single-car collision.

The Colorado car crash took place at around 7:45 p.m. at a street intersection. According to authorities, a car was headed west along a street and suddenly struck a curb. The car then reportedly drove up onto a sidewalk. At that time, the driver allegedly lost control of the car and hit a tree.

Is the overall number of truck accidents decreasing?

Motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons. Fatigue, reckless behavior, distraction, speeding and many other actions can significantly increase the chance of a collision. Truck accidents are particularly concerning because these types of crashes are more likely to result in serious injury, property damage or even death because of the large size and heavy weight of these commercial vehicles. 

Vehicle accidents are a major safety concern in Colorado, especially in an age when drivers are more distracted than ever. Truckers are not immune to the temptation of picking up the phone, texting or even looking at social media while behind the wheel. Despite these things, data seems to indicate that the overall number of motor vehicle accident fatalities actually decreased in 2019. This could be the result of many factors, including safety awareness programs and more.

Motorcycle accidents: Motorists a significant threat to bikers

Bikers in Colorado face an endless list of road hazards whenever they take to the open roads, most of which are out of their control. Speed and riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are risks that could cause serious motorcycle accidents, but the rider can avoid them. Furthermore, road and weather conditions require motorcyclists to be cautious and adjust their riding accordingly or risk severe injuries or death.

However, vehicle drivers pose the majority of hazards with which bike riders have to deal. Along with focusing on the road ahead, motorcyclists must keep a lookout for distracted drivers in oncoming traffic because even being clipped by a vehicle can wreck a bike. Distracted drivers also pose risks when they change lanes without checking for bikers, and distracted drivers often rear-end riders waiting to turn in intersections.

The challenges of living with a brain injury

Even minor car accidents can have significant health consequences. However, a brain injury could be life changing. Many mild traumatic brain injury victims in Colorado recover enough to continue independent living within six to 12 months. Nevertheless, there are also those whose injuries cause cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems that are life altering.

Coordination, balance and fatigue may make it impossible for victims to continue activities in which they participated before, like playing sports. Cognitive problems involve thinking skills like concentrating, paying attention, and remembering recent events and new information. Furthermore, their speech, thinking and actions might be slow because their brains may not be able to process the same amount of complex information as before.

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