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Distracted driving highlighted in study

Are you one of the many residents in Colorado who is worried to see drivers obviously texting while behind the wheel despite increasing public awareness campaigns higlighting the dangers of this type of behavior? If so, you are not alone. Consumer Reports is also concerned about the ongoing resistance of people to make safe choices when operating motor vehicles.

Forbes provided a report on a new study conducted by Consumer Reports that shows a very dangerous trend. A number of people were included in the study and asked to volunteer information about their behaviors when driving. A staggering 52 percent of those included indicated that they knowingly chose to drive while distracted. Those forms of distractions ran the gamut from watching videos on phones to playing or selecting music on phones to texting while driving.

derstanding the single-car accident

Tell people you were in an accident and no other car was involved, and they may give you a dubious look. How do you get in a crash all by yourself?

There are many answers to that question, all of them involving something outside your control causing you to collide with something. These are just some scenarios:

When big trucks crash

 At the Law Offices of Cliff Enten in Colorado, we know how dangerous a tractor-trailer can be if it crashes into you or you crash into it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that about 10 percent of U.S. highway fatalities involve a large truck and you, as a passenger vehicle occupant, are most at risk for being fatally injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adds that over 100,000 Americans are injured each year in truck accidents.

Not only does a tractor-trailer’s immense size make it a lethal vehicle per se on the roadways, its stopping distance when fully loaded is 20-40 percent longer than that of a passenger vehicle. That distance is further increased if road conditions are poor, such as during rain, snow or sleet, and/or if the truck’s brakes have not been properly maintained.

Rear-facing car seats: Why they are important

Parents today are inundated with information about the safety of car seats and how to safely travel with your child in a vehicle. While Colorado law requires that infants under the age of 1 and infants who weigh less than 20 pounds rear-face in their car seats, medical experts and child safety professionals are encouraging parents to continue rear-facing their children for much longer.

How long should you continue to face your child facing the rear?

Injuries to workers in the hotel and hospitality industry

Denver and the surrounding metropolitan area is considered a tourist destination, particularly during the winter months when people from around the globe flock to the area in order to ski down the fresh, fluffy powder. This has encouraged the development of many different types of hotels, from high-end ski resorts to intimate boutique hotels and affordable, budget-friendly accommodations. Regardless of the type of property that an individual works at, hotel workers must recognize the unique risks of their jobs as well as take measures to prevent injuries from occurring. 

Common injuries to hotel workers

Your medical records must be accurate about your work injury

Colorado rules about workers’ compensation are very exacting. After suffering an injury on the job or receiving a medical diagnosis directly related to work, most workers will be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. The injured party has the right to receive paid medical attention related to the injury or medical condition. Depending upon the circumstances, there are also pay benefits available to help the injured worker offset the loss or reduction in wages due to the temporary disability. If the injury results in a permanent total or partial disability, the worker may even negotiate a lump sum settlement.

However, it is a mistake to think that workers’ compensation is a one-way street. Employers also have rights and will often use them to their advantage. One of the most common tactics employers and their insurance providers will resort to is to challenge the worker’s medical records, often in an effort to prove the injury was due to a pre-existing condition. Another push-back is to challenge the worker’s needs for continuing medical attention and physical therapy.

Truck accident fatalities in Colorado

Colorado residents know that ground transportation is a mainstay of the American economy as it has far and away overtaken rail as a primary means of delivering goods across the country. While essential from a commerce perspective, having these large commercial vehicles share the road with cars, pickup trucks and other passenger vehicles does open up the risk of serious accidents that leave everyday citizens injured or even killed.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that in the five years spanning 2012 through 2016, a total of 63 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks across Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams Counties alone. Of those 63 deaths, 12 each occurred in Denver County and Jefferson County. Another 17 people died in Arapahoe County and Adams County was the location of 22 truck accident fatalities.

Injuries to nannies and domestic workers

Caring for others is a worthwhile and rewarding career, but it's not without its risks. Whether you are working as a nanny and caring for Denver children, or you have been hired by a family to care for an elderly relative, you are responsible for keeping them safe but you also need to prioritize your own well-being. Recognizing the common risks of this career and working to minimize your chances of suffering from an injury are important, but it's also critical that you know what you need to do in the event of a work-related injury.

Common injuries among child care workers and domestic help

Injuries to snow removal professionals

Winter moves in quickly in Denver and throughout Colorado. One day, the local residents are in awe at the beauty of the fall and by the next day, the leaves are off the trees and the barren branches are topped with fresh snow. While winter usually ushers in a season of hibernation in other parts of the country, Denver actually comes to life when the first flakes start to fly. This is when an influx of tourists arrive and when the nearby residents look to head to their favorite ski resort for the weekend.

At the same time, workers who specialize in snow and ice removal gear up for the busy season. Nearly every day, there's a job that needs to be done, and it's important that workers stay safe while they are clearing sidewalks, roads and other pathways.

Injuries to temporary contract workers

For young workers, the opportunity to partner with a staffing agency and receive temporary work is often the ideal way to get professional experience and test out various roles in the work force. Whether working in an office setting or in an industrial or manufacturing setting, young workers can learn more about what they like to do and the type of role they might like to have in their career.

Workers must recognize that there are distinct differences when it comes to workplace safety and injuries while working in temporary employment.

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