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How to help a loved one adjust to a new disability

It is heartbreaking to see a loved one’s life suddenly change because of a new disability. While you know you want to be there to support them, it can sometimes be difficult to find meaningful ways to show you care. After all, this change is new to you as well.

Some of the most important things you can do are to listen to them and be patient. Your beloved is likely working through the stages of grief while discovering what their abilities are. There may be many changes that feel like they are happening all at once, but without listening or being patient, you will not know what they may want help with.

Winter driving safety tips

Colorado is known for all things winter. In fact, the draw of winter sports like skiing or snowboarding is a major part of the state's tourism industry. Unfortunately, spending winter in Colorado means having to take the good with the bad. That includes winter weather and its effects on travel safety. The good news is there are plenty of ways that savvy drivers can stay safe on the roads even in the worst conditions.

The best way to prevent a vehicle accident due to winter weather is to avoid the snow entirely. If possible, drivers shouldn't travel during the worst of a storm. In some cases, it will be possible to delay a trip until the conditions are better.

Searching for the cause of trucking accident fatalities

Drivers in Colorado may be concerned to learn that fatalities in large truck accidents reached their highest point in 29 years in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 37,133 people died in motor vehicle accidents throughout the year, a slight decline from previous years. At the same time, however, trucking accident deaths rose 9 percent, reaching 4,761. While 1,300 truck drivers lost their lives in these crashes, 72 percent of the fatalities were drivers and passengers in other vehicles.

The size and weight of large commercial trucks mean that other drivers are at particular risk in case of a trucking accident. Some say that the increased risk is at least partially attributable to federal trucking safety rules. Truck drivers must take a mandatory rest break after eight hours on the road, and some drivers say that they begin to speed up in order to make up time before taking the required break. However, safety officials noted that truckers have no right to put others on the road at risk in order to drive ahead, especially when they are fatigued.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents have a greater impact on crash victims due to the size of the vehicle, so driving around them can be intimidating.

Crash statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that large trucks caused 104,000 crashes that led to injuries and nearly 4,000 fatal accidents.  These crashes are most likely to occur in rural areas and on interstate highways, and they often happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Winter Motorcycling tips

It’s understandable that some motorcyclists would consider winter to be the “off season” and put their bikes away. For others, however, it’s a different twist on something they love no matter what the season.

During the winter there can be a lot of new and different hazards that are unique to the season. But, if you’re able to brave the temperatures and prepare for some of the hazards, winter can still be a fun time to ride.

Surgeon mistakenly removes woman's kidney

Patients in Colorado may be worried about their own future operations after learning about a case when a woman lost her healthy kidney because a surgeon mistook it for a cancerous tumor. During what was scheduled to be a routine back surgery in April 2016, the 51-year-old woman checked into a local hospital. She was seeking a fusion of bones in her lower back after she had been injured in a car accident. However, when she went into surgery, the physician performing the operation identified her kidney and proclaimed it to be a tumor, declaring the situation an emergency and removing it immediately.

The situation came to light after a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the patient was settled. In fact, the man who removed her kidney was only scheduled to perform the initial incision; specialist surgeons were to perform her procedure. However, the surgeon who wrongly removed the woman's kidney and who faces charges from the Florida Health Department as a result is serving as the chair of surgery at another hospital. The physician has privileges at several hospitals, but he could be at risk of a fine or other discipline as a result of the case. He had a record free of previous disciplinary actions prior to this incident.

7 symptoms of a spinal cord injury

Just the thought of a spinal cord injury strikes fear into most people, who may imagine the most devastating permanent injuries. As serious as these injuries are, they aren’t always obvious immediately. Loss of sensation can happen right away or slowly spread. Therefore, anyone who has an injury to the head or neck should see a doctor right away. Speedy treatment is the best chance for improving your outcome.

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Apartment floor collapses at party, causes injuries

Some Colorado residents might have heard about the collapse of an apartment floor in South Carolina that resulted in dozens of injuries. The accident happened just after midnight on October 21.

A clubhouse at an apartment complex near Clemson University had been rented for a private function. According to witnesses, people were dancing to a popular song when the floor gave way, and many of them fell into the basement below. Some people used their cell phones to capture video of the action and post it on social media. One witness said there was a loud "boom!" as the floor collapsed while another said people were trying to climb back out and that she had blood on her shoe. A witness who attempted to help some of the injured people said he thought some people had broken their legs or ankles. Police said that although 30 people were taken to the hospitals, no one seemed to have suffered a life-threatening injury.

For teen drivers, sleep problems are not just a drowsy driving risk

Lack of sleep can impact many things for teenagers. This includes how safely they act when behind the wheel.

For one, not getting enough sleep can cause drowsy driving. When teens drive when tired, their driving abilities may be significantly diminished, increasing their likelihood of getting into crashes.

What should you do after an accident?

Being involved in a car accident is traumatic to say the least. After your accident there are will likely be a lot of activity going on. The time directly after a crash is confusing, but crucial. There are a few steps you will want to take in order to help make sure you are safe and have a good case to receive compensation.

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