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Truck crash study calls for speed limiters

Truck accident fatalities in Colorado and around the country continue to climb despite an overall reduction in the number of miles covered by commercial vehicles. This was one of the somber conclusions reached by Road Safe America after studying U.S. truck accident fatalities between 2009 and 2017. Worryingly, Colorado emerged as one of the five states with the highest percentage increase in tractor-trailer crash deaths.

The Georgia-based nonprofit group, which was founded by the parents of a boy killed in an auto accident, says that many of the 35,882 lives lost in truck crashes during the period scrutinized could have been saved by technology that is already available but not yet mandated by federal regulations. Devices that limit how fast tractor-trailers can travel have been standard equipment on American trucks for many years, and systems that apply air brakes automatically in emergency situations are available from all major tractor-trailer manufacturers.

Researchers investigate Kia and Hyundai engine fire risks

Kia and Hyundai owners in Colorado and around the country may wish to pay especially close attention to scheduled maintenance intervals if their vehicles are equipped with a Theta II engine. Taking additional precautions could be wise because a study released recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute suggests that the 2-liter turbocharged engines fitted to vehicles including the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are far more likely to catch fire than the power plants fitted to competing models.

The IIHS and HLDI researchers studied non-crash engine fires, and they found that Kia and Hyundai models equipped with small engines were much more prone to the problem than vehicles produced by other manufacturers. Vehicles in the control group had 1.7 insurance fire claims per 10,000 auto policies, but that figure rose to 4.2 claims per 10,000 policies for Kia and Hyundai models equipped with the Theta II engine.

Steps to take immediately after a car accident

A car accident is a scary and life-altering experience for anyone, one that brings alarm and high emotion. Even a minor fender bender can leave you feeling rattled.

For any type of collision, there are steps you should take in the immediate aftermath to ensure safety at the scene and to protect yourself afterward.

The need for speed can result in tragedy

It is safe to say that every driver has been in a hurry at some point. In fact, even when they are not under time constraints, something about being behind the wheel of a car makes everything seem more urgent. Drivers may race to get through a yellow light or zip around someone who slows down for a parking space.

Even when drivers are not running late for an important appointment or racing to the hospital for a family emergency, it may be difficult for them to fight to urge to speed. Whenever they go too fast, drivers may place you and your family at risk.

Colorado motorcyclist fatalities remain stable

The number of motorcyclists who died on Colorado roads in 2018 stayed steady when compared to previous years, statistics with the Colorado Department of Transportation show.

Colorado roads saw 102 motorcyclist fatalities in 2018, 16.5 percent of the total fatalities among drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, CDOT reports.

How medical professionals can lower their liability

Medical professionals in Colorado and throughout the country may be placed in a tough spot when it comes to prescribing medication. If they pick the wrong medication or prescribe the wrong does, it could result in patient harm. However, failing to prescribe any medication at all could lead to speculation that a doctor isn't meeting a patient's needs either. In either scenario, a doctor could face a malpractice lawsuit.

To avoid a lawsuit, it is a good idea to never refill a pain medication prescription over the phone. Ideally, patients should come to the office for a visit prior to having a prescription renewed for another 90 days. In some cases, it may be best to send a patient to a specialist as opposed to renewing a pain pill prescription. Another good way to reduce liability is to document every decision that could be deemed a judgment call.

Is Colorado ready to ban cell phone use while driving?

Distracted driving is a nationwide problem, and things are no different in Colorado. Colorado Department of Transportation officials state more than 40 distracted driving accidents occur each day in the state. Of those accidents, over half are related to cell phone use.

A win for policy-holders against big insurance

Insurance companies are not always on your side. They look out for their interests first. That is why it is so important to have an advocate to protect you while dealing with an accident claim. Insurance giant, State Farm, recently settled a lawsuit stating that they illegally shielded their bottom line, affecting millions of policy-holders.

State Farm reached a preliminary settlement in a federal class-action conspiracy lawsuit earlier this month. The lawsuit claimed that the insurance company funneled money into a candidate’s campaign to help him win his seat in the Supreme Court over a decade ago.

Dump and concrete delivery truck crashes on the rise

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, crashes requiring the towing away of dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks are on the rise. Truckers in Colorado should know that this is part of a multi-industry problem involving, above all, poor driving habits. Many truckers speed, violate hours-of-service rules and act in other negligent ways to meet deadlines, enticed as they often are by employers' incentives.

The FMCSA found that there were 8,206 serious dump truck crashes and 838 serious concrete delivery truck crashes in 2016 (the latest year for which complete data exists). These numbers constitute a 9 and 9.6 percent increase, respectively, from the previous year.

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