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Grand Junction And Western Colorado Personal Injury Law Blog

Untrained PWC operators cause many accidents

Perhaps one of the most exhilarating activities you can imagine is being on the Colorado River or one of the beautiful nearby lakes on your personal watercraft. Like many who enjoy fast and exciting things to do, you know that high energy often involves high risk. This is why you took a safety course to learn how to operate your PWC correctly and why you always wear a life vest when you are on the water.

Unfortunately, others on the water may not be so conscientious. In fact, it is common for someone on the shore to see the fun a friend is having on a PWC and ask to take a turn. This often leads to disaster. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that over 80 percent of the operators of PWCs involved in accidents had no training before climbing onto the vehicle. If you are on the water when one of these inexperienced operators loses control, it could be disastrous.

Drunk driving crashes can be devastating for victims

Many drivers were out on the roads on the 4th of July holiday. Unfortunately, some of them were likely drinking alcohol. If you were struck by a drunk driver, you might be facing a difficult journey toward healing. This can come with considerable expenses that can put a financial strain on you.

One option that you have after the crash is to seek compensation for your injuries and damages from the at-fault party who was responsible for the collision. Doing so can help you recover the money that you spent on medical care and other related costs while you heal. If you had to miss work due to your injuries, you can also add lost wages into your claim for damages.

Shocking facts about traumatic brain injuries in this country

Around 5.3 million people in this country live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These impacts can range from minor to life-altering. In the most serious cases, a person who was previously independent might be fully dependent upon others for his or her care after the injury occurs.

This shocking number doesn't include the deaths that occur due to them. If you look at only children who are 14 years old and younger, there are around 2,685 deaths per year due to this injury. Overall, there are around 50,000 deaths per year. Around half of the people who die due to a TBI succumb to it within the first two hours.

Emotional trauma doesn't always get better after a car crash

It is all too easy to focus on the physical impacts of a car accident when one occurs. While these are certainly the most easy to spot, there are other impacts that might need to be addressed. One of these is the emotional trauma that can come after a car crash.

When you are involved in a car crash, you will likely be shaken up a bit. This is likely going to peak quickly and then you will probably start to feel more and more normal over the next few days. This is perfectly normal and usually won't require any counseling or anything similar.

Getting compensation for the unseen effects of an accident

A car accident can change your life and leave your Colorado family dealing with a significant financial impact for years to come. Even if you cannot easily identify or quantify the true and lasting consequences of your accident, you still have the right to fight for your full and fair recovery.

Motor vehicle accidents can affect you in ways that people may not be able to see or understand. While it is difficult to place a monetary value on things such as your loss of certain abilities, you can seek damages through a valid personal injury claim. Through a civil claim, you can seek restitution not only for your financial losses and medical expenses but for other types of damage as well.

Did your airbag fail to do its job?

Safety advocates dedicate their time to researching new ways to protect you when you drive. Lawmakers frequently join in crusades for traffic safety, legislating more safety features in vehicles and mandating their use by drivers. You may instinctively buckle your seat belt before you drive and take for granted the anti-lock brakes that allow your vehicle to stop more efficiently.

Perhaps the most welcome and beneficial addition to the safety features in motor vehicles is the inclusion of airbags. Once limited to the steering wheel, airbags now surround both passengers and driver, including those riding in the back seats. When airbags deploy properly, they prevent serious injuries associated with impact during an accident. When they fail, the results can be catastrophic.

Accidents at stores can be catastrophic for the victims

Getting hurt when you are shopping can really put a damper on the trip. In some instances, it can be a life-changing event that you can't move past. This is the case when there is a catastrophic injury that comes from the accident.

We recently discussed some of the types of accidents that can occur at stores. While many people tend to focus on things like slip and falls, there is another monster lurking in the stores. Most stores try to make sure that they have enough inventory to meet up with demand. This brings up the issue of trying to store these items.

Stores must ensure patrons can shop safely

When you go to any store, you just want to make your purchase and leave. You certainly aren't walking around looking for ways to get hurt. Sadly, there are some customers who are involved in accidents while they are shopping. The results of these can range from minor injuries like bruising to major injuries that can kill.

The duty to keep store patrons safe falls on the store's owners, management, and other employees. Each establishment must have a clear policy outlined to handle the most common hazards that customers might face. This has to be conveyed to all employees so that they know what is expected.

Concussion impacts might not be evident immediately

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can lead to a host of issues, but not all of those issues are evident right away. In some cases, a person can have a concussion and not realize that some of the minor things that are happening are due to this type of injury.

Sometimes, it is easy to confuse things like trouble remembering things and feeling like you have a foggy brain with just normal life. These are actually signs of a concussion that you should be aware of if you have suffered any type of brain trauma, even if your head is shaken but doesn't suffer a direct hit.

Injured as a passenger in a ride-share vehicle?

Uber, Lyft, Blacklane, Curb and taxis -- what do they all have in common? These are just a few of the ride-share services available in Colorado. Every single day, numerous individuals depend on these services to get them from point A to point B safely. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and if you've found yourself injured in a collision while as a passenger in a ride-share vehicle, you may not be sure who is responsible for your losses.

As with any auto accident, the details matter. The responsible party is typically the individual thought at fault for the collision. If that is the other driver, then you may pursue legal claims against him or her and that individual's insurance provider. What if your driver was at fault? What if both parties shared in liability? Who will pay for your losses?

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