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5 Most Common Driving DiversionsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over one thousand people are injured every day in car accidents on U.S. highways. Contributing significantly to that number are distracted drivers. In fact, it is estimated that 10 people die each day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Car on teh roadThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regularly tests and rates passenger vehicles on their ability to keep occupants safe during a crash. The Institute’s most recent testing has spotlighted five vehicles for outstanding safety in crashes. IIHS now bestows a Top Safety Pick Plus rating on vehicles that are equipped with accident prevention systems. These vehicles are able to sense an imminent collision and apply the brakes automatically. IIHS President Adrian Lund notes that vehicles capable of avoiding collisions without a human response offer the greatest possibilities for reducing accidents. One such vehicle made this list. The four other vehicles in this list were awarded the rating of Top Safety Pick. These models received excellent marks in crash safety, however, the absence of the ‘Plus’ in their rating indicates they do not possess crash prevention technology. Read on to learn more about five of the safest vehicles on the road today.

Audi A6

With a list price from $46,200 to $70,900, the 2016 Audi A6 midsize luxury sedan received the top “good” rating on all IIHS crash tests. Even on the small overlap test, which simulates hitting a tree or pole with the front corner of your vehicle, the engineers praised the A6 for protecting its test dummy driver. Although some of it is optional, the crash prevention technology on the A6 includes automatic braking and adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by using radar.

Chevrolet Trax

Introduced just this year by GM, the Trax is part of the newest group of very small subcompact SUVs. It lists from $20,120 to $26,530 and also received the “good” mark on al IIHS crash tests. The engineers applauded the knee airbag for preventing leg and foot injuries, and the side airbag for protecting the driver’s head in a side collision. The standard rearview camera helps avoid accidents while backing up. Further Reading: Snow Tire Study Bill Signed by Colorado Governor

Buick Encore

Akin to the Chevrolet Trax from GM and listing from $24,065 to $30,935, the Encore received all top ratings in IIHS crash tests. Engineers were pleased with the way the front and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the test dummy during the small overlap front test.

Kia Sorento

With a list price from $24,900 to $43,100, this midsize SUV was completely redesigned for 2016. The Sorento, too, scored a top-rated “good” on all IIHS tests. Its roof strength was especially impressive, scoring highly on the rollover test in which the roof is required to withstand four times the vehicle’s weight before crumbling.

Nissan Sentra

The only compact car on the list, the Sentra lists from $16,480 to $20,760. Like the others, it earned top ratings across the board on crash tests. In particular, the engineers noted that the side airbags protected the heads of both the driver and front passenger in the side crash test.

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Denver Personal Injury Attorney John Fuller and his staffWhen another driver’s recklessness causes your injury, you need an experienced Denver personal injury attorney on your side. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C. today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation. We can help you obtain the money you need to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  
Businessman sending a text messageA large percentage of the cautions about driving are aimed directly at teen drivers. While it is true that teens send and receive a minimum of five times more texts each day than the average adult, they may actually be less dangerous while doing so behind the wheel. Let’s be clear—texting and driving is dangerous no matter who is doing it. That being said, a recent study from Wayne State University concluded millennials who text and drive are less dangerous than baby boomers who text and drive.
Close-up car accidentRecent studies have pointed to an increase in the number of drivers involved in deadly car crashes in Colorado who test positive for marijuana. Furthermore, they indicate Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for THC than other states even when the studies are controlled for other variables. Additionally, studies show that perceptions about the risk of marijuana use have been reduced across all age groups as the industry booms in the state.

marijuanaFor the most part, the jury is still out when it comes to the long-term effects marijuana consumption has on the human body. Some medical professionals claim that smoking marijuana imposes mortal consequences on the mind and body, while marijuana supporters counter that it is less deadly or habit-forming than alcohol and nicotine, and should be legalized across the country.

Although it is very difficult to overdose on marijuana, there are plenty of other dangerous consequences you might not have considered. Here are some of the ways marijuana can kill or injure you:
2010-06-21-jgm-fayettejpg-2551b35f741068d1_largeBeing involved in a car accident can be a nerve-rattling experience. Chances are, you didn’t even see it coming, and now you’re sitting in your wrecked car, scared, and perhaps injured. You need to take a deep breath and try to think clearly, because what you do immediately following a car accident can greatly affect the amount of compensation you will be able to collect later to help cover costs you weren’t anticipating. To maximize your recovery, avoid these common mistakes Denver drivers make after a car accident:  
  1. Failing to Notify the Police: Call the Denver police immediately following a car accident and stay on the scene so that all damage and injuries can be properly documented. A police report is invaluable to your attorney when establishing liability and can help you obtain the compensation you need quicker.
  1. Admitting Fault: Never apologize or make any admission of responsibility for the accident. Regardless of whose fault it is, you can damage your potential case by admitting fault. Even a simple “I’m Sorry” can be twisted to show that you admitted fault for the crash.
  1. Failing to Seek Medical Attention: Never tell the other driver that you are ok. Ride in the ambulance to the emergency room if injuries are obvious. Otherwise, visit your personal physician after leaving the scene of the accident. Numerous injuries take hours or even days to become fully apparent. Even then, the full extent of your injuries may not be realized for weeks.
  1. Failing to Exchange Information with Others Involved: Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of everyone involved. Even the makes, models, and license plate numbers of their vehicles will be invaluable. If there are eyewitnesses, be sure to obtain their contact information as well. Your attorney may wish to interview them for your case.
  1. Failing to Alert Your Insurance Company in a Timely Manner: Again, even if the accident was not your fault, your insurer needs to be made aware that you were involved, so they can assist you with filing a claim according to their guidelines.
  1. Failing to Collect Evidence and Maintain Good Records: A picture is worth a thousand words at the scene of an accident. Photograph all damage and the surrounding area, if possible. Keep these pictures and every document you receive pertaining to the accident and your injuries in one file.
  1. Signing Away Your Rights: Consult a Denver car accident attorney before signing a medical records authorization, which could be used by the insurance company to deny or reduce your claim. Make no mistake about it; insurance companies are looking for a reason to reduce your claim. They may claim that your injury was pre-existing or that you are not as injured as you claim.
  1. Accepting a Quick Settlement: You only get one chance to collect compensation. Don’t let the insurance company strong-arm you into accepting any money before consulting a Denver car accident attorney. Research has shown that individuals who retain a lawyer receive nearly 40% more compensation than those who do not.
  1. Using Social Media Sites: Insurance adjusters can spy on you through Facebook and other sites. If you post something that contradicts your injury claim, it can be used against you. Never post on Facebook or a social media site without first consulting your attorney. Your attorney will be able to tell you how best to proceed and what to avoid on social media sites.
  1. Failing to Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney: A Denver car accident attorney can help you with all of these important steps and, statistically, increase your recovery 3.5 times more than going it alone. Your attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies while you recover from your accident.
  Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers john-fuller-personal-injury-attorneyIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.    
Emergency-RoomCar accidents in Denver and throughout Colorado can happen in a variety of ways, and these different kinds of accidents can cause a wide range of physical trauma. Yet even though any injury can be horrific and result in severe damage—some injuries are just worst than others because of the nature of the injury and the likelihood of complications occurring. The following are ten of the most horrific car accident injuries:  
  1. Head Injuries. These types of injuries are often horrific because of their ability to cause permanent damage to your eyes and ears, resulting in sight or hearing loss. Facial or jaw fractures and tooth loss are also common.
  2. Facial Injuries. Your face is how people will identify you throughout your life. Any injury to your face can result in horrific and permanent scarring and disfigurement. Scrapes, cuts, burn, and fractures of the face are commonly caused by airbags, the dashboard, or steering wheel. These injuries are often difficult to repair and require multiple cosmetic surgeries and skin grafts. Even when surgeons are able to repair these injuries—you will likely never look the same.
  3. Brain Injuries. This is perhaps one of the most horrific injuries because of the permanent damage that can occur. The brain can be easily damaged by blunt force or penetration with a sharp object. Both can cause traumatic brain injury, which can lead to vision and speech impairment or memory and emotional dysfunction.
  4. Back Injuries. Sprain, strains, and herniated discs are all common lower back injuries associated with car accidents. They can cause significant pain and limit your mobility. While they may not seem horrific, back injuries often result in chronic pain and disability throughout life and result in decreased quality of life for accident victims.
  5. Neck Injuries. Whiplash is the most common car accident neck injury. It is caused by a quick hyperextension and retraction of the neck at impact. Cervical dislocation and disc injury are also common, and can be quite painful and debilitating. Neck injuries are often tricky to heal and many require spinal surgery to correct.
  6. Spinal Cord Injuries. Misplaced bone fragments, disc material and ligaments can tear into spinal cord material and damage axons which transmit signals between the brain and the body, leading to loss of feeling or function. Permanent paralysis is devastating to accident victims and will completely change their lives. If the paralysis is complete and the result of a cervical fracture, the accident victim may be on a ventilator for the rest of their lives.
  7. Internal Organ Injury. Life-threatening injuries are commonly caused when fractured ribs punctured lungs or other organs. Organ damage can quickly turn deadly and internal bleeding may be difficult to diagnose until it is too late.
  8. Connective Tissue Injuries. The type of injury most frequently seen in a car accident, severity can range dramatically. These injuries are typically signaled by soreness or stiffness, and require medical attention even though they might seem minor. When they are treated, many of these injuries require surgery, extensive physical therapy, and may even result in permanent loss of range of motion.
  9. Leg and Knee Injuries. Occurring often because of impact, these injuries can be uncomfortable and debilitating, and may require physical therapy and surgery. For many, leg and knee injuries will result in a loss of activity and may result in significant disabilities later in life.
  10. Chest and Upper Limb Injuries. Because of airbags, drivers are especially susceptible to these types of injuries. Broken arms, wrists, fingers, and bruised or fractured ribs are common. This can prevent accident victims from working in their chosen profession, typing on keyboards, or even performing their basic daily care, such as dressing, brushing teeth, and showering.
  Studies have shown that the severity of injuries can be related to the proximity to the impact site or the type of accident, although, this is not always the case. Car accident victims can also suffer emotional or psychological injuries including depression and anxiety, which can be just as debilitating as any physical injury.   Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.    
Aggressive driving causes many unnecessary accidents on the road. When sharing the road with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, it is important to be patient and courteous in order to avoid catastrophic and deadly accidents. Recognizing who is an aggressive and dangerous driver is just one step towards protecting yourself and those you love. Realizing that you may have a road rage problem is another…   Common Behaviors of Aggressive Drivers Common behaviors of an aggressive driver or someone with road rage include, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, driving above the speed limit, running red lights and stop signs, making hand and facial gestures, honking, and screaming. This type of aggressive behavior is not good for anyone to encounter on the road. In fact, a survey done by the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index revealed that 8 out of 10 drivers expressed that they found aggressive driving to be a “serious” or “extremely serious” behavior that threatens safety on the road. Indeed it is a serious behavior, and approximately half of all traffic fatalities are a result of aggressive driving.   What to do if You Encounter an Aggressive Driver If you are confronted by an aggressive driver or someone with road rage, the National Highway and Safety Traffic Administration offer these tips on their website:  
  • First, you should make every attempt to get out of their way
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Ignore inappropriate gestures, and do not return them
  • Call 911 and report someone who is driving aggressively. Provide a description of the vehicle, license plate number, location, and the direction they are traveling.
  • If a crash occurs farther down the road, park a safe distance from the crash site and when the police arrive, report the behavior and what you witnessed to the police
  Are YOU an Aggressive Driver? While it is important to be aware of aggressive drivers, it is equally important to avoid being an aggressive driver. If you are in fact an aggressive driver, the below will sound familiar to you. Do you….  
  • Do you get angry at fast drivers?
  • Do you get angry at slow drivers?
  • Do you get angry when you are cut off?
  • Do you get angry at malfunctioning stoplights?
  • Do you get angry at traffic jams?
  • Do family members or friends tell you to calm down when you are driving?
  • Do you get angry at tailgaters?
  • Do you get angry at your passengers?
  • Do you tailgate closely behind drivers who annoy you?
  • Do you yell, scream, or curse at other drivers?
  • Do you speed up and cut people off who aggravate you?
  • Do you weave in and out of traffic erratically?
  • Do you honk or rev your engine at other drivers?
  • Do you use hand gestures or other inappropriate gestures when annoyed at other drivers?
  • Have you ever gotten out of your car to physically assault or fight with another driver?
  Being an aggressive driver is not only dangerous for yourself and your passengers, it is also a danger for others around you. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, leave early if you have to. By staying cool, calm, and collected, you allow the opportunity for yourself and others to arrive safely at their destination.   When Aggression turns to Road Rage When your anger results in a physical display of aggression, such as tailgating, cursing, or cutting people off in traffic, you may have road rage. Being angry that you caught the traffic light is markedly different from cursing, yelling, screaming, and honking at the car in front of you or drivers around you. Sadly, road rage and aggressive driving are on the incline. Since 1990, incidents of road rage have increased by 51% and are even worse in cities with major traffic congestion and long commuter times.   If you are unable to control your anger, or your anger leads to displays of aggression, such as weaving in and out of traffic or shouting obscenities at someone, then you may have road rage. Some people actually have a disorder known as “intermittent explosive disorder” that affects their road rage and their driving behaviors. They may have exaggerated feelings of rage and can quickly turn violent. Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact John R. Fuller, P.C., for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.   Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.