Month: April 2014

Motorcycle Helmet Use Continues to Save Lives

Even though it is proven that the motorcycle helmet saves lives, the State of Colorado only requires that riders under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. According to the NHTSA, 65% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in states without all-rider helmet laws.

Regardless of age, Colorado motorcyclists and their passengers should protect themselves by wearing a helmet at all times. Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of fatalities in motorcycle operators and 41 percent of fatalities in motorcycle passengers.

Possible Head Injuries When Not Wearing Motorcycle Helmet

 

Sadly, many people choose not to wear helmets, and in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, those same individuals could sustain catastrophic and fatal head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.  TBI is caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head and is the leading cause of death and disability in people aged 1 to 44.  An estimated 1.5 to 2 million people are diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury every year in the United States, and approximately 50,000 of these individuals will die as a result of their injury.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment for TBI may include some rest and medications, or it can involve extensive, emergency surgery.  Symptoms of TBI include, loss of consciousness, disorientation and confusion, memory loss, fatigue, headaches, depressions, seizures, vomiting, visual problems, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and irritability.
The recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be long and grueling.  Victims with moderate to severe TBI will need rehab to relearn previously known skills, such as speech, walking, dressing, and much more.

Legal Representation After Motorcycle Accident in Colorado

 

If you have been injured in a Colorado motorcycle accident, it is important to take the proper steps in retaining legal representation. Insurance companies will try to significantly reduce any compensation rightfully due to you, or dismiss your claim all together. A Colorado personal injury attorney will fight aggressively for you and your rights, to make sure you are not taken advantage of.
Serious injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents, such as traumatic brain injury, can cost thousands of dollars. Medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy are overwhelmingly high. On top of that, lost wages and the loss of future earnings need to be taken into account.

Contact The Reisch Law Firm

 

At Resich Law Firm, our experienced and skilled Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys will fight aggressively to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation after a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
We offer all potential clients a FREE CONSULTATION. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to handle even the most complex Colorado motorcycle accident cases. From the moment you step into our offices, you will realize that you are not just a number or a case file.
Call the Westminster personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation or send us an email.

Does Eating While Driving Increase Accident Risk?

Let’s face it; eating while driving is quite common. This is evident by the numerous drive-thru restaurants scattered across America. Whether it’s a burger or a Snickers bar, Americans routinely multi-task in their cars by consuming a variety of meals and snacks on the go. Fast food companies even cater to this by offering “car cups” and handy packaging for easier portability. In fact, over 70% of drivers report routinely eats while driving and another 83% routinely consume beverages.

Eating and Distracted Driving

 

Yet a recent study shows that eating while driving is responsible for 80% of all car accidents and 60% of near-miss car accidents. Distractions, like grabbing for French fries or downing your morning coffee, leads to inattentiveness on the road. This directly leads to catastrophic and deadly car crashes.

The Top Food Culprits

 

Of all the foods you can eat in the car, some are just worst than others. Some of the worst foods to eat in the car include:

  • Soup
  • Tacos
  • Chilidogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Ribs or wings
  • Fried Chicken
  • Jelly Doughnuts
  • Soda
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee

Distracted Driving Kills

 

Whether its food or talking on the cellphone distracted driving leads to more 1600 crashes a day across the United States. These car accidents serious injure numerous passengers and are responsible for up to 9 deaths a day.
In order to avoid Westminster car accidents, drivers are urged to avoid all types of distractions while driving, including eating and drinking. If you go through a drive-thru, consider pulling over at a park to eat your lunch or wait until you get home. If you are passing out food to passengers, pull over into a parking spot after you leave the drive-thru and avoid driving until all passengers are settled.

Contact Colorado Car Crash Lawyers

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver in Westminster, Denver, Aurora or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to know that you have legal options. You may need compensation for injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation. If your injuries are severe or life changing, you may even need compensation to pay for future medical expenses and loss of future earnings.
Call the Westminster car accident attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE Consultation.

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.