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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.

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.

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