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Grand Junction And Western Colorado Personal Injury Law Blog

Rollover accidents can lead to very serious injuries for victims

Many people don't realize just how serious rollover car crashes can be. If you are wearing your seat belt, you will likely fare better than if you aren't. Still, these are often violent crashes. There is the chance that any loose items in your vehicle, including your purse, cellphones or beverages, will go flying around the interior of your vehicle as it flips. These could slam into you and cause significant injuries.

Sometimes, a rollover accident is caused when one vehicle clips another one in a way that makes the driver lose control. When this happens, any victims in the rolled vehicle might choose to seek compensation from the driver who struck them. A successful claim for compensation places the financial burden on the negligent driver instead of on the innocent victims.

A car collision can be a pain in your neck -- literally

A car collision can immediately detract from your quality of life by causing you physical, financial and emotional scars. As far as physical challenges go, a particularly common kind of car crash injury is whiplash.

Whiplash is a type of injury that affects your neck area's soft tissues. If somebody else's carelessness causes you to suffer whiplash in a car accident, you may seek to hold this person accountable for your injuries.

New brain injury treatment guidelines issued for children

Few kids make it out of childhood without at least one head injury. However, when a child suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it's essential that they begin to receive proper treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, they can suffer long-term problems.

As Brain Injury Awareness Month gets underway, a pediatric medical journal, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, is issuing new and revised guidelines for medical professionals who care for infants and children who have suffered TBIs.

Car wreck injuries can be catastrophic and last forever

Car wreck victims have a lot to think about when they are trying to figure out what to do after the accident. One of the first decisions they have to make is whether they need to go to the hospital or not from the scene. As a rule of thumb, anyone who suffers an injury should have a medical evaluation. This can be at the emergency room if it is serious, but it might also be at your regular physician's office or an urgent care center if the injury isn't that serious.

Some people worry about how they will pay for medical bills when they are involved in a crash. If the accident wasn't your fault, you might opt to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. This can help them recover the money they had to spend on medical care and other expenses related to the crash.

The high cost of a motor vehicle accident

You are probably not surprised to hear that a large percentage of worldwide traffic fatalities occur in the U.S. In fact, about 37,000 Americans die in crashes each year, and millions more suffer catastrophic and life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in an accident, you know how the long recovery from those injuries can affect the entire family.

In addition to the time and concern your family will spend on you after your accident, you will certainly be spending a great deal of money. Nationwide, the cost of motor vehicle accidents each year reaches over $230 billion, averaging $820 per person. However, you may be painfully aware that your cost after an accident can be much greater.

Trucks accidents only get worse if carrying hazardous materials

Most people who live here in Colorado would agree with that statement. The state's mountain passes can be treacherous enough, but when you encounter a truck with hazardous materials on board, you may get a bit more nervous. The potential for danger only rises during the winter months when the roads may not be travel friendly. If you happen to be stuck on a pass with one of these trucks before authorities decide to close it, you could be at risk.

Currently, the Colorado Department of Transportation escorts these trucks as they move through the Continental Divide via Route 6 and through the pass since current law does not allow these trucks in Interstate 70's Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels, but that doesn't guarantee an accident-free trip. If you have traveled any of the state's passes, then you know how dangerous it can be.

Strong winds can pose roadway hazards like other weather

Driving in Colorado can often pose a number of risks, especially during winter weather. Though you may consider yourself a good driver, sudden elements may make driving more difficult at any time. Unfortunately, other drivers may not have the ability to drive as well in inclement weather.

Of course, inclement weather does not just mean substantial snow storms. In fact, heavy winds can also pose serious threats to people traveling the roadways. Strong wind and sudden gusts could easily cause unsuspecting drivers to lose control as this element fights against them.

Colorado researchers studying effect of cannabis on brain injury

Cannabis has been shown to help people who are suffering from many different types of physical and mental issues. Now researchers at two Colorado-based organizations are preparing to embark on the first U.S. clinical study to determine the impact of supplements containing cannabinoids derived from hemp on people who have suffered brain injuries. They will also look at whether patients who use hemp-derived supplements on a regular basis show signs of addiction, dependence and psychological withdrawal.

The study is being conducted by the Flowering Hope Foundation in Boulder and Clover Leaf University (CLU) in Denver. It's being sponsored by Real Time Diagnostics Ventures. Researchers will measure patients' improvement in areas like sleep quality, stress and general well-being. They'll also look at the potential cognitive benefits and changes in neuronal activity in the brain.

Colorado man sentenced for 2017 DUI crash

A Colorado man has been sentenced to a six-year prison term for a 2017 crash in Wisconsin that left his two passengers with serious injuries. The 28-year-old man will also have four years of supervision after he finishes his term and be required to pay restitution of nearly $19,000 to one of the victims of the crash.

The man, who is from Loveland, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2017. He was also driving at least 20 mph above the posted speed limit and looking at his cellphone when his vehicle left the road, hit a utility pole and flipped over.

Furious parents may seek compensation for their child's injuries

Car crashes can lead to very serious injuries, which sometimes happen to children. This can be a difficult situation for the parents because they need to care for their kids, but they also need to pay for the bills. For some parents, things get really difficult because they have more than one child. The careful balancing act that this requires can be stressful.

Some parents might feel extreme anger when they find out that the reason for the wreck was something that could have been prevented. This might be the case if the driver was drunk or distracted. The parents will likely face a continual reminder that the driver was willing to risk that child's life just so they could do what they wanted to do. We know that you might want to do something to show them how wrong they were for their behavior.

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