Driving Uninsured in Colorado: It’s Not Worth the Risk

Car accidents are devastating—but are made even worse if you or the other driver is uninsured. In 2012, 16.2 percent of Coloradans were uninsured, higher than the national average of 12.6 percent. There’s no way to ensure the other driver hasn’t skipped out on car insurance—but at least you can make sure you’re protected.
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Back-to-School Safety for Your Little Ones

Summer has come to an end and that means the kids are soon heading back to school. Every parent knows the feeling of sending their little ones to school, only to worry about whether they are healthy, happy and coping well. Here are five ways to take the worry out of being a school parent and to ensure your child has a safe day at school every day.
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When do you really need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

It can be hard to know which injuries warrant contacting a personal injury lawyer. Not every case requires an attorney, and some cases can even be handled on your own in Small Claims Court—but personal injury lawyers can handle a wide variety of situations. Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident or bitten by a neighborhood dog, it’s a good idea to have someone help you navigate complex insurance companies and make sure you’re treated fairly.

If you’re on the fence about hiring a personal injury lawyer, you should know the benefits of doing so. Here are five benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your legal representation:
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Deadly Distractions Facing Teen Drivers This Summer

Summertime is filled with picnics, barbecues, and family fun. It’s easy to be carefree when the kids are out of school and the days are longer and warmer, but there’s never a more important time to watch out for your driving teens. Despite what you may think, Colorado roads can be even more dangerous in the summer than in the winter. In the summertime, teens have more free time, drive more, and are more likely to be involved in car accidents. This time is known as the “100 deadliest days” for teens, according to AAA.
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Why Risk Your Life for a Few Jigglypuffs?

You’ve no doubt heard of Pokémon Go, Niantic’s augmented reality game that enables users to walk around catching rare “Pocket Monsters.” Since its release on July 6, the game has branched out to 26 countries and claimed the title of biggest mobile game in US history. You’ve probably encountered Pokémon Go players in Colorado—odds are, you’re one yourself. The game attracts 21 million users each day, 61 percent of which are located in the US. With all the global popularity, it’s natural to be unaware any safety concerns.
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Whiplash pain can linger long after a car accident

Whiplash is the most common type of personal injury suffered in a rear-end auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 whiplash injuries are reported each year. The Back & Neck Pain Center reports that because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. Many times, accident victims don’t seek treatment following a crash because they don’t feel hurt at the time of the accident. During a rear-end collision, your body goes through an extremely rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration that occurs in a matter of seconds. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. 
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What to know about bad faith insurance actions

Colorado ranks second only to Texas for the number of insurance claims filed due to hail strikes on homes, property and cars over the past three years, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In Colorado, hail-related insurance claims numbered 182,591 between 2013 and 2015, accounting for 9 percent of the U.S. total, even though the state only accounts for 1.7 percent of the country’s population.
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How to protect yourself from a dangerous slip and fall accident

Many of us will hit the road this summer for family vacation fun, visiting area hotels and restaurants along the way. Unfortunately, these destinations are ripe for slip and fall accidents. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 25,000 people a day are victims of slip and fall accidents, accounting for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits. Slip and falls are the number one cause of accidents in restaurants with over one million guests injured annually as a result of restaurant slips and falls. Statistics show that most restaurant slip and falls are directly related to wet or unsafe flooring, inappropriate footwear, and inadequate hazard identification.
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How to avoid whitewater injuries this season

Colorado is well known for its outdoor recreation activities, and one of the most popular this season is whitewater rafting. Each year whitewater rafting is enjoyed by nearly half a million people in our state, contributing an economic impact of more than $160 million. But with this excitement often comes danger, and rafting injuries and deaths have been on the rise in Colorado. Last year, authorities reported 17 deaths in Colorado, well above the state average of 10 each year. This has forced some whitewater rafting companies to move to calmer rapids and keep extra safety gear on hand. “Wiley Ledwith, part-owner of Independent Whitewater in Salida, said a lot of rafting companies are busing people to sections of the popular Arkansas River in central Colorado that are more manageable.” His company also stocks extra rescue gear such as emergency blankets, dry clothes and gloves in case someone falls into the frigid water. They even sometimes send a second raft to drift alongside the one carrying their customers in case a problem arises. But, even with the best safety precautions, accidents still happen.
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Texting and driving? Watch out for the Textalyzer!

Distracted driving due to cellphone use is reaching troubling levels, despite more states banning texting by drivers, Colorado among them. According to the latest figures from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 32,675 Americans died in traffic crashes, and in 94 percent of these crashes, the driver was the cause of the crash. Mark Rosekind, NHSTA Administrator, says distracted driving is playing an increasing role in these accidents. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports that distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people and injures over 430,000 people each year, and shows no sign of improvement.
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