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Colorado government statistics show January is one of the most dangerous times to be on state roads.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that there were 50 traffic fatalities statewide in January 2018. The department further reports that with 3.8 million licensed drivers, one in every 33 Coloradans will be involved in an accident sometime during the year.

4 signs of distracted driving

When it comes to distracted driving, almost everyone is a culprit. You may not be guilty of this safety hazard on a day-to-day basis, but things happen. Often drivers participate in dangerous activities and don't even realize it. The first step to dealing with a problem is recognizing the signs and symptoms

Distracted driving puts everyone at risk

Many Colorado residents know that car accidents often happen when people try to multitask behind the wheel. Texting, eating and manually using a phone are all common causes of accidents. Reducing the number of distracted drivers on Colorado roads may significantly improve the safety of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the state.

Although texting and driving is against Colorado state law, it is still a common problem. The Colorado General Assembly states that it is illegal for people under age 18 to use an electronic device for any purpose while driving. Adult drivers may not use their phones for manual data entry (such as texting and browsing the internet). In both cases, there may be exceptions for emergency calls, such as reporting an accident. Both minor and adult drivers may face fines or lose their licenses due to distracted driving.

How severe is your loved one's TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries can leave one in a persistent vegetative state dependent on full-time care for the remainder of their lives. They can also be as minor as a simple concussion from which one can fully recover in a day or two. Whichever outcome you and your loved one may be facing after them having sustained a TBI in Denver will almost certainly impact your decision to pursue a liability claim against the person responsible for their injury. Yet how are you to know what their long-term prognosis may be in the immediate aftermath of their accidents? 

The clinicians treating your loved one may be able to offer you an indication. A clinical observation test is given whenever a patient is brought in with a TBI. A standard known as the Glasgow Coma Scale is then looked to in order to determine what the extent of the injury may be. When coming up with a score from the GCS, the following areas are tested: 

  • Motor skills
  • Eye opening 
  • Verbal responses

How can you reduce tax penalties?

If you receive an unfavorable decision letter from the IRS stating you owe tax penalties on your Colorado state or federal return, you may be panicking. However, there are things that may reduce the penalty. One option is to negotiate with the IRS examination agent, and another one is to file an appeal, which is often granted. This may have favorable results or, at minimum, increase the time you have to pay your tax bill.

According to CNBC, tax examiners want to close the case as quickly as possible and, as a result, may be open to negotiate some of the uncertain items. If you are respectful and understanding towards the examiner, you have a better chance of tipping the scales in your favor. It is always a good idea to hire a tax attorney to help you work through everything, as you have a better chance of getting a desired result. If you still do not get the outcome you want, you can file an appeal.

Will Medicare cover medical expenses from your car accident?

If you were involved in a car accident in Colorado that required you to seek medical attention, you may be surprised at the cost of the bills you are continuing to receive. Depending on your situation, you may be receiving bills for everything from your initial assessment by paramedics to outpatient therapy happening weeks or months after the accident happened. In these scenarios, does Medicare cover those costs?

Being aware of your options for financial assistance is important so you can make timely and educated decisions in seeking help for paying for your medical expenses. According to medicare.com, depending on the type of Medicare coverage you have, your treatment and subsequent doctor's visits should be mostly covered by your insurance. In addition to your initial assessment, Medicare also covers the following:

  • Chiropractic visits.
  • Outpatient visits for occupational or physical therapy.
  • Diagnostic imaging.
  • Braces, crutches or other resources recommended by your doctor to assist with your healing. 

Navigating complex truck accident cases

Denver sits at the confluence of several major Colorado and interstate highways. That is good news for getting around, but it leads to a high rate of major collisions in the area.

As shown in the Denver Regional Council of Governments truck accident map, the vast majority of truck accidents take place on the heavily traveled regional roadway systems, such as I-25 and I-70/270. It is striking to see the long trail of incident markers travel out from the city to the west and south. However, the numbers do not tell the whole story.

Seven ways to bike safely through the winter

Winter is no reason to give up one of your favorite hobbies. Biking is a great way to burn calories and enjoy time outside. Not to mention, it sure beats sitting in a traffic jam caused by snow. Though riding a bicycle is a little more challenging during the winter, there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe during the winter months.

Driverless shuttle route comes to Denver

Denver saw a notable first this week: It’s first driverless on-road transit route. This route, which is a pilot program known as 61AV, debuted on Tuesday.

The route uses a 12-passenger driverless shuttle. Its runs at a relatively low speed (12-15 mph). The shuttle will have an ambassador on board to help passengers and monitor safety.

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