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3 tips for handling a motorcycle crash in Colorado

There are many things you need to do after a motorcycle crash, but at that time, you may feel too traumatized to do much at all. Keep in mind that if you're hurt, you should simply call for help and wait for medical assistance.

If you're not hurt, then there are several things you need to do. Educating yourself ahead of time makes it easier to remember these steps in the future.

How can weather affect the roads?

The weather conditions affect the roads every day. Whether it's foggy, dusty or raining, drivers have to know how to handle the weather to stay safe. If they're not confident in their abilities or are too confident, they could cause wrecks.

One thing that some people don't think about is the way the wind affects their drives. Wind can obstruct the lanes by blowing water, snow or dust onto them. It also affects travel times by limiting how fast you can drive and increases the risk of a crash due to moving out of the lane because of wind gusts.

18-year-old rider killed in Colorado collision

Motorcyclists are some of the most at-risk people on the roads. They're driving without the protection of a vehicle's frame. They're driving with only two wheels for balance instead of four or more. These factors, combined with others, make it dangerous for motorcyclists.

Take, for example, this case involving an 18-year-old rider. A motorcyclist who was traveling on Bridge Street and 50th Avenue passed away following a serious crash with a pickup. According to the March 13 article, the motorcyclist had been making a left turn at the intersection when he was struck by a truck.

Keeping safe on a new motorcycle: Basic knowledge

You love that you've finally been able to get a motorcycle. You waited for years to get the right one, and you're so excited that you can learn to ride.

As a new rider, there are some tips that can help keep you safer on the roads. Being safe doesn't have to be difficult, and keeping these tips in mind could save your life.

What's the deadliest weather condition for drivers?

You may think the deadliest weather condition is snow or ice, but the truth may shock you. It's actually rain. Rain affects every state, which makes this weather of particular importance to drivers. An analysis from federally collected data shows that rain is more likely to cause fatalities in traffic accidents than snow in the 39 states that get snow.

Traffic accidents caused by rain, wind, fog and snow result in around 7,000 deaths every year. Of course, this number is much lower than the number of people killed by reckless behavior or drunk driving.

Motorcyclist fatalities are rising in Colorado

In 2016, 125 motorcyclists died in Colorado, and that has drawn concern. That number is up 15 percent from 2015. Many of these accidents are a result of motorists not paying attention or being on the lookout for motorcyclists.

Riders are sometimes part of the problem, so the state has been focused on making sure training becomes a commitment for life, not just before getting on your motorcycle the first time. Even a single mistake driving or riding could be fatal.

Why do large vehicles need to stay to the right?

You may be familiar with signs that state that trucks need to stay in the right-hand lane. Is that a law, though, and if so, why do so many people violate it?

It certainly is irritating to see a truck driver in the left-hand lane, especially when it slows others down. Slower-moving vehicles in the left-lane are potentially dangerous to drivers. This is why slow-moving vehicles, and sometimes large trucks, are required to stay in the right lane and only use the left lane for passing.

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.

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