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Woman faces charges after death of motorcyclist

When you're driving, one of the things you need to be cautious about is recognizing motorcyclists on the roads. Because of the size of their vehicles, they often appear to be moving more slowly than they are. This tends to result in crashes.

As a driver, it's your responsibility to keep motorcyclists safe by monitoring your surroundings. As a motorcyclist, it's your job to do all you can to stand out to drivers. If you don't, you could end up in a crash like this one.

Colorado musician killed in suspected drunk driving crash

Drunk driving has no place on the roads in America. Even a single night driving while intoxicated could lead to a crash with serious repercussions. A person who made a mistake could end up facing serious charges, and victims could be at a loss while they struggle to recover or deal with the loss of loved ones.

Take, for example, this case out of Colorado. A man in Colorado was killed while helping friends on a music tour. According to the news from Aug. 27, the man was killed and six others were injured while in Elk Grove.

Drowsy truck driving can be prevented, and it should be.

Trucker fatigue is a serious problem among truck drivers. They work long hours, and many take breaks for only a short period to nap or get something to eat. While the law allows them to drive for 11 hours straight and to work for 14 hours each day (three of which have to be parked/not in the vehicle), this is still a long work day that could result in collisions due to fatigue.

To prevent fatigue, drivers can do many things from taking short naps to recognizing when they're driving drowsy and pulling over. Most drivers get naturally tired between midnight and 6:00 a.m., as well as between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, so it's a good idea to make rest stops during those times to get something to eat or to sleep.

Know what to expect following your Motorcycle Accident

You were hit by a car, and the driver, fortunately, stayed at the scene. You've struggled to make peace with the fact that the driver didn't intentionally hit you because you've been left with severe injuries.

You were wearing a helmet and appropriate riding gear, but you still have broken bones to deal with along with a concussion. You'll miss work and have to spend time in physical therapy.

What expenses will insurance pay following a crash?

One thing that all drivers should have is insurance coverage. Sadly, many drivers do not carry coverage, and that hurts them and the people around them.

If there is a crash with no insurance coverage, then those who are hurt may have to sue the driver who hit them. The driver may also face penalties, like a charge for failing to carry insurance.

Pedestrian-truck crash leads to death.

Trucks, whether commercial or consumer grade, have the potential to cause serious harm in a crash. These vehicles weigh more than other types of motor vehicles on the road and are often larger. When an accident involves a pedestrian and truck, it's highly likely that the pedestrian will die from his or her injuries.

While both pedestrians and drivers need to be aware of the risks of a crash on the roads, the reality is that its drivers who can do the most damage in a collision. The majority of drivers leave the scene of pedestrian-vehicle crashes no worse for wear, while the pedestrians often suffer life-threatening or fatal injuries.

Vicarious liability could help you get more in a lawsuit.

After a serious truck crash, you may have injuries that require surgery or other ongoing treatments. You may struggle with the loss of a loved one or have children who also suffered in the crash.

When you're in a crash like this, you need to think about the next steps. You'll have medical expenses, lost wages and other factors that impact your case. This is when it becomes crucial to know who you can file a claim against and your rights in doing so.

Road rash: Knowing when to get medical care

One of the injuries you may need to deal with following a motorcycle accident is road rash. Otherwise known as a friction burn and skin lacerations, road rash rips the skin off the body as it grinds against rough ground surfaces.

Following any motorcycle crash, your first step has to be to assess the overall injury. Significant road rash may bleed profusely, and you need to identify if it primarily injuries to the skin or if the injuries go deeper. For most people, the right choice is to go to the hospital as quickly as possible.

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1 injured in crash on highway with multiple collisions.

A motorcyclist was seriously hurt in a crash that took place on Interstate 25. According to news out of El Paso County, the Colorado State Patrol came to the scene near Widefield at around 10:15 p.m. The authorities were informed that at least three crashes had already taken place in the area in the southbound lanes near where the accident occurred.

It's believed that a driver in a white truck was in the south lanes and realized emergency vehicles were present for the other collisions. The driver pulled into the left lane, but may not have given the motorcyclist enough time, cutting off his path and leading to a rear-end collision.

Damage on the highway: What is a trucker responsible for?

If you have a crack on your windshield, you're probably one of many who have traveled behind a large commercial vehicle. These vehicles are well-known to cause damage to others by picking up rocks on the pavement. Staying back a distance helps, but there's still the risk of damage.

Trucking companies are responsible for many things when they cause damage to other people's vehicles, but cracking windshields with rocks may not be one of them. However, there are times when a trucking company could be held liable for any damage or injuries caused as if the truck's load wasn't secured well and results in a crash.

If a commercial vehicle has caused severe damage to your vehicle you can call us at 970-628-3907.

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