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Why drivers often blame someone else for accidents

A driver clearly causes an accident; maybe they run a red light or a stop sign. They hit your car. When you get out, though, they're already yelling at you, asking what you think you were doing and blaming you for the crash.

Suddenly, you're concerned. Are they going to fight this? Are they going to report you to the police? Will you have to pay for their mistake?

Night driving is 3 times as dangerous

Did you know that your odds of getting into a fatal car accident may simply come down to what time of day you get behind the wheel? Studies have found that your risks at night are three times higher than your risks during the day. That information comes from the National Safety Council.

Why is night driving so dangerous? There are a lot of different reasons, including:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Drunk driving
  • Compromised night vision
  • Lack of depth perception
  • Trouble with color recognition
  • Issues effectively using peripheral vision
  • The blinding glare of oncoming headlights

Biker killed in car collision outside Denver

Drivers in Colorado would probably tell you winter is the most hazardous month, as snowdrifts and iced roads can cause slippery dangers whether they are expected or not. For motorcyclists, however, the warmer months are often trouble because few bikers brave frozen roads. The rush to the road in good weather can increase the chances of a collision with a car.

Many scenic parts of America, including huge swaths of the Centennial State, make for epic rides whether solo or with a crew in formation. Partners make rides safer, as more drivers can spot a motorcycle formation faster than a solo biker and make the required changes to compensate before a possible accident.

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills Colorado motorcyclist

A Colorado man is dead after getting involved in an accident on his motorcycle, and reports allege that the woman who hit him was under the influence at the time.

The accident happened on Thursday, June 27, at about 12:45 a.m. Per an officer with the Colorado State Patrol, the motorcyclist and another driver were both heading south on Interstate 25. In the car, which was behind the motorcycle, was a 34-year-old woman from Fort Collins. She and the bike were in the right lane. As they got close to the exit for Harmony Road, her car slammed into the back of the motorcycle.

Lack of mental control leads to distraction

Workers often get distracted on the job. How many times have you been sitting at your desk when your mind started to wander? Did you get distracted by your phone, checking your social media accounts or checking to see if anyone had texted you, even though you knew they hadn't? It happens.

The reason, some experts note, is a lack of mental control. When people have to use anti-distraction apps on their phones and things of this nature, they're just trying to make up for this lack of control. Some say they would be far better off to train themselves so that they wouldn't need external motivation and could stay focused without it.

Avoid motorcycle accidents by looking at your destination

New motorcycle riders tend to look all over the place. They watch other traffic. They read billboards. They look down side streets. They watch oncoming cars. They check their mirrors. They look at people, shops, cars, homes and anything else lining the road.

Some of this is wise, of course, such as checking your mirrors and keeping an eye on traffic. However, experienced riders will tell you that one of the keys to avoiding an accident is to always look specifically where you want to go on the bike.

Alleged impaired driver runs over families at Dairy Queen

Going out for ice cream with your grandchildren during the early summer months is something that should be safe, relaxing and fun. Unfortunately, some families in Colorado just found out how dangerous it can be, as they were hit by a car while sitting in front of a local Dairy Queen.

The vehicle apparently jumped the curb and ran over the picnic tables where the families were sitting. Pictures from the scene show a white sedan sitting at an angle on top of tables, near a parking lot.

Teens are almost constantly online

The internet used to be, if not a novelty, at least something that you only used for a set amount of time. You needed a home computer and a hard-wired dial-up connection. It tied up the phone line, so you couldn't stay on for long for fear that you were missing important calls.

That's not the case today. With smartphones, people have access to the internet whenever they want it. It's instantaneous and easy. They can use it while doing other tasks. They carry what is essentially a computer around with them in their pocket.

A brain injury makes depression more likely

A brain injury is a serious risk if you get involved in a motorcycle accident. Even with a helmet on, the crash could still result in a hard hit to the head. No matter how extensive, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a lasting impact on your life.

It is important to remember that the impact extends beyond the physical injuries and complications you are forced to endure. You could also have significant emotional and mental trauma to work your way through, and you may need professional medical assistance to do so.

Think that motorcycle helmet doesn't help? Here are the stats

One of the first pieces of advice people will give you if you decide to ride a motorcycle is this: Always wear your helmet. No matter how far you're going, no matter what state you're in, and no matter how safe you feel. Always wear it.

However, you may feel like it doesn't really matter. Can't you focus on safety in other ways, like defensive driving? Does the helmet really make that big of a difference, or are people just paranoid?

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