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Truck rollovers can be more devastating than ordinary rollovers

When a vehicle rolls, the outcome is often serious. Accident victims can be thrown from their car, pinned beneath the wreckage or injured inside the vehicle while it is rolling. It is often more serious when a large truck gets into a rollover accident in Colorado, for many reasons.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that 78 percent of semi-truck rollovers are due to driver error. However, there are numerous factors that can contribute to a truck tipping or rolling. The truck driver might be distracted, intoxicated or driving aggressively. He or she might have turned at an unsafe speed or misjudged the distance needed to stop in congested traffic. A tire might have blown or the brakes could have failed. The truck may have been loaded improperly, causing it to become imbalanced and tip over. Adverse weather conditions, poorly maintained roads or another accident might also cause a truck rollover that was outside the driver’s control. Additionally, rolled trucks often lose their cargo or spill diesel fuel, resulting in further danger to others.

Be prepared for dangers of summer holiday roads

With an increase in consumer spending, travel is up and more and more families are hitting the road for the holiday seasons this summer. This boost in travel is expected to be beneficial for tourist towns in terms of revenue, but burdensome due to traffic as well as an increased risk of accidents. 


The alarming truth about Colorado fatal accidents

At the Law Offices of Cliff Enten in Colorado, we understand that a car accident can result in your sustaining catastrophic injuries, up to and including death. We also know that despite continual public awareness campaigns by governmental agencies, the Colorado fatality rate continues to climb.

As the Denver Post recently reported, fatal motor vehicle crashes increased from 451 in 2014 to 587 in 2017. Worse yet, those 587 fatal crashes resulted in 635 deaths to drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. This is a 30.1 percent increase in only three years.

Will workers’ comp cover a work-related car accident?

Whether a short one or a long one, most workers will get in their cars and begin their commute either to or from work. While many people will count this time as part of their workday, it is not often considered an extension of their work. Because of this, accidents that occur on the drive to or from work are often considered part of the employee's time and fall under the "coming-and-going" rule removing the responsibility of the company and typically your rights under worker's compensation.


Accidents caused by ‘Acts of God’

Sometimes, the best way to explain the cause of a motor vehicle accident is to say that it was an Act of God. This sounds like a declaration that would be beamed down from the sky in a booming voice thundering from the clouds, but it's actually a commonly used phrase in the insurance industry. An Act of God is considered to be an event which would not have been predicted or prevented, and that did not involve human activity or decision-making. 

These so-called Acts of God are quite common, and they can lead to serious car accidents that sometimes result in injuries or fatalities. Colorado motorists should understand what these Acts of God are, and what they need to do to file a claim after the fact.

Road debris accidents

People often blame car accidents on distracted or negligent drivers who make poor decisions that end up causing a collision, but the reality is that accidents can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. In fact, road debris is a leading cause — particularly in Colorado where rock slides on mountain roads can leave unexpected debris around every blind curve or on the other side of every tunnel.  

Drivers who encounter road debris often don't have the time or space to avoid a collision, and these accidents can be quite serious. This post, we’ll discuss road debris accidents and some things you need to know.

Denver’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Oftentimes, drivers assume that the most dangerous place to be on the roads is on the highways — where speed limits are higher and drivers can be easily distracted or tempted to drive recklessly. The fact of the matter is, however, that some of the most dangerous spots on the roads in Denver is not along the busy highways, but actually in the intersections. Despite the fact that traffic is moving slower and drivers are expecting traffic lights to change frequently, these intersections are where many of the most serious motor vehicle accidents occur.

The Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections In Denver

Driver fatigue and electronic logging devices

Car accidents are dangerous enough on their own, and when a semi-trailer truck enters the picture, the risks can become all the more prevalent. Driver fatigue is an increasingly common issue in Colorado and across the nation, and truckers are not exempt from this frightening statistic. However, companies have taken steps to make the trucking industry safer in recent years. Most of those efforts revolve around timing itself.

Since 2015, employees in the trucking business have had to tighten gears when it comes to shifts. As U.S. News relays, despite the fact that truckers have had to record hours for decades, only recently have they been required to log them electronically. Logging long hand has proved difficult in the past, as U.S. News shares that some truckers have attempted to evade hourly restrictions by avoiding logging hours altogether. Certainly an improvement, electronic logging tracks engine hours and vehicle movement. Electronic logging can also record location and miles driven. Companies had two years from the time the new regulation took place to install the devices into the trucks of all employees.

Serious Injuries From Rear-End Collisions

There's a common misconception surrounding rear-end collisions. Most people think that these seemingly minor accidents are no big deal — that everyone walks away from the fender bender with a bit of whiplash and a car that has been scraped or dented. While the damage to a vehicle in a rear-end collision may not be significant, the injuries that result from these accidents can actually be quite severe. 

Rear-end collisions in Denver are on the rise, thanks to distracted driving, more crowded roadways and less patient drivers. It's important that both drivers and passengers understand that severe, life-altering injuries can result from these accidents.

Loose objects become flying objects in car accidents

Safety is a primary concern with drivers and often time one of the primary features we look at when choosing a vehicle is the safety features that are provided to not only protect you from an accident but provide you with warnings to prevent collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or objects, such as backup cameras and collision warning systems.

Loose objects are responsible for numerous injuries in accidents

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