Archive for the ‘Safety Information’ Category

Holiday festivities can make the season a dangerous time

The holiday season is upon us, which means Christmas trees, twinkling lights and lots of festive food. It also means an uptick in house fires, slip-and-falls, and other health hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year there are roughly 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating, many of them caused by ladder accidents. This time of year, many of us use ladders to string holiday lights from roofs and trees around our yards but we’re not always as careful as we need to be. The most common causes of injuries related to ladders are falls, lacerations, and back strains. In addition, 4,000 people a year are treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with extension cords. Half of these injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains as a result of people tripping over the cords.

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Safe seat belt use can keep you and your family free from serious injury

This summer a 15-year-old girl was killed on Denver’s E-470 when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into an embankment after colliding with another vehicle. The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car sustaining fatal injuries. This tragic story has become all too common on Colorado roadways. This is why state leaders have announced an ambitious goal of reaching zero traffic fatalities in coming years. “This new vision serves as a wake-up call to any who have become complacent about the number of traffic deaths in Colorado each year," says Governor John Hickenlooper. While this bold vision may not be achieved overnight, one proven way to reduce traffic fatalities is by wearing a seat belt.

In 2014, 163 people who weren’t buckled up lost their lives in traffic crashes on Colorado roadways. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 81 percent of Coloradans wear seat belts, just slightly below the national average of 86 percent, and if everyone buckled up, nearly half of the victims would have survived. According to AAA, seat belts are 45 to 60 percent effective in reducing the risk of crash-related death, and saved nearly 300,000 U.S. lives since 1975. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, if everyone buckles up, an additional 2,800 deaths could be prevented each year.

Traffic crashes are still one of the leading causes of death in Colorado and across the country” says Scott Hernandez, chief of the state patrol. AAA stresses that buckling up is the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a crash as it helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle.  Seat belts are also the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Unfortunately, Colorado seat belt laws are secondary, which means officers can only give tickets if they pulled the driver over for another reason, even though seat belt use is mandatory for all Colorado drivers and front-seat passengers. In other states, primary seat belt laws allow an officer to stop and ticket someone just for not buckling up. And not surprisingly, those states report lower vehicle injuries and fatalities because those laws tend to increase a state’s seat belt use rate by an average of 10 percent. In fact, According to the Colorado State Patrol, more than 52 percent of those killed in crashes last year in our state were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of their crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lap and shoulder belts are designed to keep motorists in their seats during a crash. Worn properly, safety belts spread crash forces across the stronger bony parts of the upper body. Safety belts also prevent occupants from being ejected from the vehicle, an event associated with high risk of injury and death. Without belts, people risk hitting things inside their vehicle and being ejected altogether. Relative to occupants who are not ejected from vehicles, occupants who are ejected in non-rollover crashes are nearly twice as likely to die. Seat belts can also reduce the risk of moderate injury by nearly 65 percent for both drivers and passengers by simply buckling up.

If you or a family member were injured in a vehicle accident, contact an experienced Denver vehicle accident lawyer to understand your insurance coverage, learn how to preserve your rights, and get the justice you deserve.

7 Tips to Keep you Safe from BBQ Injuries this Summer

Summer’s here, so gather ’round the BBQ for some good eats and family fun – just don’t get too close! Each year more than 16,000 Americans land in hospital emergency rooms because of BBQ grilling accidents. And with 86 percent of U.S. households owning at least one outdoor BBQ, grill or smoker, staying safe this summer is more important than ever. Emergency room doctors are all too familiar with grilling harm, saying people are routinely burned, singed and blistered in accidents caused either by faulty grills or the faulty habits of their operators.

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Contact a Denver Lawyer If You’re Victimized While in Town

Known as the “Mile High City,” there are many things you can do in bustling Denver. From fine dining to world-class entertainment and sports, this jewel in the Rocky Mountains has it all. Unfortunately, Denver can also harbor the criminal element looking to take advantage of unsuspecting visitors. In many cases, those who are touring the fine city go home after being victimized and chalk it up to a bad experience. However, you can make a difference by hiring a Denver lawyer regardless of where you’re from.
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Avalanche Dangers For Skiers and Snowboarders in Backcountry

Colorado has already seen one death this year as a result of an avalanche. On December 5, two men were skiing in Dry Gulch when an avalanche was triggered around one o’clock in the afternoon. Both men were buried, but 31-year-old Justin Latici was able to dig himself out. He searched for his friend, 32-year-old Kyle Shellberg, but by the time he found him, it was too late. Latici administered CPR until help arrived, but Shellberg never regained consciousness. Could this tragedy have been prevented?

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The Danger of Used Baby Items

In this economy, everyone is looking for any way possible to save some money. It’s sometimes even more difficult for those who have children. They grow so fast, and need so many things, it can be quite a challenge to keep up and provide them with everything they need. It’s not uncommon for the younger children in a family to be given hand-me-down clothes once the older children grow out of them. But can you do the same thing with things like car seats? The real question is, should you?

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Fire Prevention Week

Nearly 3,000 people in the United States die in house fires every year. Are you taking every precaution you can to survive a fire in your home? It’s an unpleasant subject, but one that, if ignored, can cost you your belongings, your home, or even your life. During fire prevention week, much of the focus is on how to keep a fire from happening in the first place. But no matter to what lengths you may go to prevent a fire, it may still happen. Wiring inside the walls can be faulty and spark, burning for some time before it’s even noticed. Wildfire can engulf your home, setting it ablaze. And the unforeseen accident is always a possibility. In addition to doing your best to prevent a fire in your home, you must also be prepared should one occur.

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