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3 injured in crash after driver fails to stop

Particularly in the summer, it's important to watch the roads and to look out for construction teams, slowed traffic, red lights and other indications that you need to slow down or stop. When you don't slow or stop when you are meant to, there's a possibility that you could cause a serious collision.

That's what happened in this case. Fortunately, no one was killed, but three people were injured. The accident happened when a driver allegedly passed through a red light.

What should you do if you plan to ride a motorcycle this summer?

If you love riding a motorcycle, you likely already know that there is a risk of getting into a crash. No matter how safely you ride, other drivers can be unpredictable. Fortunately, you can prepare for a bad accident before it ever happens.

How could you possibly prepare for the unknown? Here are a few tips for protecting yourself if you get into a serious crash.

Serious 1-car crash results in 5 injuries, 1 death

Car crashes can quickly take the lives of those we love and care about. Some crashes happen because other drivers aren't paying attention. Others occur because the driver in the car you're riding in isn't paying attention or loses control of the vehicle.

That appears to be what happened in this case that was reported on May 16. A 17-year-old was killed in an accident while five others in the vehicle were injured and required medical care.

Speeding towards death: The risk to pedestrians on the roads

As a pedestrian, the last thing you want to do is end up in a car crash. If a car hits you, you know that you have the potential for serious injuries. Were you aware that you could face serious injuries even if the vehicle hits you slowly, though?

When you think about a serious accident, you probably imagine a car speeding down the road and hitting you at a high rate of speed. The truth is that even a slow-speed crash can lead to some serious or potential deadly injuries.

You can file a claim if a driver is texting behind the wheel

Everyone knows that texting while you drive is illegal. Despite this, there are many people from teens to adults who still text, check their emails and use their smartphones while they drive.

Combining texting with driving a commercial vehicle has the potential to cause serious accidents and even to kill those involved. A commercial vehicle is heavy and more difficult to control than a passenger vehicle. Additionally, they require more time to speed up and slow down along with more room to make turns. A driver who is distracted could make a mistake that costs someone else his or her life.

Here's what you should do after a car crash in Colorado

After a car accident, you may want to know how you're going to have your medical bills and other expenses paid. Maybe you have to miss work for physical therapy or now suffer from a disability, so you can't work at all. Insurance claims are the normal manner in which you seek compensation.

When the insurance company receives a claim, it investigates the accident and comes up with a settlement offer based on several factors such as your injuries, the severity of the accident and others.

Why do motorcyclists end up in car crashes?

Why do motorcycle accidents happen? One common reason is because a driver turns left in front of the motorcyclist, cutting off his or her path. Here's an example. If a driver is pulling out of a parking lot into a two-lane street, he or she must cross one lane of travel to turn left. If he or she does not see the motorcyclist or fails to recognize how fast the motorcyclist is traveling, then there is the potential for that individual to cut off the motorcyclist's path and cause a head-on collision.

When this happens, the motorcyclist may not be able to evade the vehicle, leading to him or her being thrown into the vehicle or onto the road. This could lead to serious head injuries, lacerations, road rash and other severe or fatal injuries.

Family of 4 survives semi accident in Colorado

When the weather is windy, large trucks are at a higher risk of tipping over. Drivers need to be aware of the conditions that can lead to problems, so they can pull over an wait out a storm or dangerous conditions. When they don't do so, accidents like this one can take place.

Fortunately, this accident didn't result in any deaths, but others like it could. This shocking story is one you don't hear often. A family from Colorado survived a large semi truck rolling onto their vehicle. They had been in traffic driving on Interstate 70 when the semi-trailer began to tip onto their vehicle. There had been high winds that day, which threw the trailer off balance.

You may want to consider a good settlement offer

After a car accident, you may be in a position to receive a settlement offer. When you make a claim against the other driver, his or her insurance company may offer you a settlement amount. If that settlement isn't enough, you have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Now, you have the opportunity to receive a settlement offer again, this time from the defense.

What happens when you accept a settlement offer?

Commercial drivers: Reasons why they should be obeying the law

Commercial drivers have an obligation to be safe on the roads. Truck drivers can lose their licenses for 60 days if they receive two traffic convictions within three years. If more traffic convictions take place, then the driver's license can be lost for even longer or revoked completely.

It's important for trucking companies to perform good background checks and to provide solid training. The company needs to talk to all incoming employees about the driver's past history of traffic violations. This can impact the person's compensation or ability to be hired.

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