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Drunk driving is unacceptable, and you have a right to a claim

Drunk driving is a major concern across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remarks that one person dies approximately every 48 minutes in the United States because of drunk driving.

Add to that the fact that around one-third of all automobile crashes are a result of impaired driving, and you can see how drunk driving leads to unnecessary pain and suffering.

Crashed? Here's what to do next

Bad weather happens often in winter, and 2018 won't be any different. Cars slide on ice, trucks barrel through traffic when drivers can't see and others get into crashes moving too fast for the weather conditions.

When you're involved in a car accident, there are many things you need to think about. While your priority has to be your health and the health of others, if no one is badly hurt, other things may have to happen to help you make a claim against the other party. Here are a few things to remember about getting into a crash.

4 killed, several injured when driver fails to stop for traffic

Its hard to imagine hitting someone in your vehicle and never seeing the crash coming. If you're paying attention, even just a little bit, you'd notice that you couldn't stop in time and try to apply the brakes. That didn't happen with this case.

Failing to stop results in rear-end collisions and pileups that take lives. Take for example the truck driver who is accused of failing to stop when approaching slowed and stopped traffic ahead of him. The Illinois State Police stated that there was no evidence that the man had tried to slow down for stopped traffic; he simply continued driving straight into the vehicles.

Avoiding winter weather-related crashes in Colorado

When riding a motorcycle, you probably already know that certain times of the year are more hazardous than others. Winter riding, in particular, puts you at risk of being involved in a collision. If your wheels slide on ice or snow, you could crash. If another driver slides, he or she could hit you. Hidden potholes and other issues can also arise, leading to serious accidents.

Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce your risk of injuries in the winter. For instance, did you know that just wearing the right layers of clothing could help? Riding in cold weather requires warm clothing, so you can focus on the ride and not being too cold to function. Wearing the right visor prevents your vision from being blocked due to fog, and wearing multiple layers helps reduce the risk of sweat turning cold on the body.

Struck in Colorado? Here's what the state is doing to help

Colorado is home to beautiful countryside sights and mountain ranges. It has exciting trails and fun activities. What it doesn't have, though, are the safest roads. That's why the Colorado Department of Transportation released its plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to as close to zero as possible within the state.

Using the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the department believes that it's possible to reach zero fatalities yearly. The SHSP helps encourage people to drive, ride and walk safely. Between 2002 and 2012, Colorado's total traffic-related fatalities dropped 36 percent. Serious injuries dropped 35 percent. With an increase in residents and visitors within the state lines, this is truly an achievement.

Jackknifed trucks are a danger on the roads

Have you ever seen a semitruck jackknife on the road? That happens when the cab and trailer wind up going in two directions and look much like a folded pocketknife -- in a V- or L-shape. Jackknifing trucks present real road hazards to the trucks' drivers and others who share the roads with them. Learn how you can be safer on the roads this winter around these big rigs.

Rain, sleet and snow all create deadly conditions where jackknifing can occur. If you are tooling down the highway in inclement weather, check your speed and slow down a bit. Drivers should ensure that they leave plenty of space between them and the big truck ahead to allow time to come to a stop.

2 Tips to prevent Trucking Accidents

Large trucks were involved in approximately 338,000 crashes in 2013. The majority of those crashes resulted in property damage. Another 73,000 caused injuries. In total, 3,906 were fatal. Avoiding these crashes is key to protecting yourself, your family and your future.

There are a number of ways for you to prevent a truck accident. Being aware of the vehicles is just one way. Knowing the traffic laws is another. Here are a couple things you can do to recognize a potential threat and avoid it.

  • Be cautious on rural roads

What do you do after you're in a car crash?

After you're in a motor vehicle accident, there are numerous steps you need to take to guarantee that you'll get the most out of your claim. While car accidents are stressful situations that first require you to manage your health, it's important to take these steps as soon as possible.

First, always check on your passengers and the other people involved in the collision. Call 911 so that local emergency services know to come to the scene. If anyone at the scene is in danger because of your location, it's appropriate to move to a safe, nearby location while you wait for help to arrive.

Motorcyclist killed in tragic accident in Colorado

It is a tragedy whenever an accident occurs. It's often even more devastating when the crash could have been prevented, like this one. In this case, a common cause of motorcycle crashes took the life of a man in Colorado.

The former resident of Indiana was killed in a motorcycle crash in Colorado on Sept. 2, according to the news. The 36-year-old man had been traveling in the area of Loveland, Colorado, when a driver pulled out in front of him.

Seek compensation after an Accident

It took only a few minutes, but it felt like time was moving slowly. You watched a semi-truck approach your vehicle quickly, and moments later, you were struggling to find a way out of your vehicle.

As someone who was a passenger when a semi-truck collided with your friend's vehicle, you may not be sure where you stand when it comes to making a claim for compensation. Are you able to recover money, or is it only your friend who has the right to do so?

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