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Breaking down the Glasgow Coma Scale

Perhaps the most jarring news that one can receive aside from hearing that a loved one has unexpectedly died on Broomfield is that they have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries can leave victims in need of lifelong, around-the-clock care, which can exact both a heavy financial and emotional toll on their family members and friends. Yet not all TBI cases turn out like this. Information shared by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons shows that as many as 1.7 million new TBI cases are reported each year in the U.S. Certainly all of those do not result in worst-case scenarios. 

Officers sued for killing man following chase

People in Broomfield trust in law enforcement officers to uphold the law and keep them safe. Fulfilling that expectation requires entrusting officers with the ability to use force in the execution of their duties. The hope may be that such officials are able to exercise sound judgment in the application of that force. Yet police officers may be subject to the same stresses that people in the general population face, and likewise may experience the same fears when confronted with a potentially tense situation. Unfortunately, the resources they use in their work could cause their reactions to said situations to produce devastating results. 

Divorce, strong emotions and car accidents

Motor vehicle wrecks happen for countless reasons, such as icy roads and improper vehicle maintenance. However, there are many other factors that can play a role in the likelihood of a driver causing a collision, and some of these factors are not given as much attention as drunk driving, for example. A driver who has recently been through a divorce or is experiencing emotional distress for some other reason (such as the loss of a loved one) may be more likely to cause a crash for different reasons, and it is imperative to be aware of these dangers if you are struggling with strong emotions behind the wheel.

Young drivers and phone use behind the wheel

Auto collisions have countless causes, but phones and other electronic devices are responsible for many of the wrecks that take place each day. In some instances, it is legal for drivers in certain states to use phones while they are on the road, such as a hands-free device. However, many states prohibit novice drivers, such as a 16-year-old who recently received his or her license, from all types of phone use while driving. Regrettably, some young drivers ignore these regulations and continue to use their smartphone while they are on the road, placing their own safety at risk and endangering the lives of those around them.

Parents' grounds to sue questioned in Colo. wrongful death suit

In a case that has made national headlines, a Colorado woman is presumed dead after going missing on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately one month after her disappearance, authorities arrested her fiance, charging him with her murder despite the fact that her body is still missing. The charges against the one-time fiance include two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation, as authorities allege that he attempted to hire someone to kill the woman months before her eventual disappearance.

Improper footwear and car accidents

From the use of an electronic device while driving to drug and alcohol intoxication, negligent drivers exhibit many different dangerous behaviors while they are on the road. However, some may cause an accident due to an unexpected problem. For example, someone’s footwear may get in the way of their ability to drive properly, which could cause an accident in various ways. Sadly, these accidents can be extremely devastating regardless of what causes them, and it is crucial for the victims of these crashes to explore legal options.

Motor vehicle accidents on construction sites

Traffic accidents happen in many ways, from crashes on the freeway involving semis to head-on collisions at intersections. However, some accidents happen on private property or other circumstances that are less common. Moreover, they may be especially likely in certain situations, such as road construction zones and construction sites in general. There are different ways in which motor vehicle accidents can occur on construction sites and it is crucial to be aware of these risks if you are employed in the construction industry.

Angry drivers and car crashes

When a driver is experiencing strong emotions, such as severe depression, they may be more likely to drive erratically or cause an accident. Anger is one emotion which can be very dangerous on the road and many people struggle with road rage from time to time. Aside from road rage, a driver may be angry for any number of reasons and this can significantly increase the chances of something going wrong. If you ever feel angry behind the wheel, it is crucial to be aware of your feelings and focus on road safety. If necessary, you may need to get off the road.

How often is alcohol involved in fatal pedestrian accidents?

A pedestrian accident may be the result of a driver surpassing the speed limit, or it could be caused by a pedestrian attempting to dart across the road at night in a dangerous location. Many pedestrian accidents are the result of alcohol consumption, whether a driver is under the influence or a pedestrian is walking around while intoxicated. Moreover, some drivers and pedestrians do not realize just how common this actually is and how many pedestrian lives are lost as the result of intoxication on the road. It is pivotal to be mindful of this issue whether you like to walk or drive.

Pedestrian accidents while on vacation

Many people realize that driving a vehicle in a new area can be dangerous, especially if a driver is not familiar with the roads in a certain area or they do not have experience with the laws in a particular country. However, it can even be dangerous to walk while you are on vacation, for different reasons. People who are traveling are frequently tired, and they may also lack familiarity with roadways and the way things work in a particular spot. Some people also like to party while they are on vacation, and this can lead to intoxication and a higher likelihood of being struck by a vehicle.

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