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It’s officially that time of year again! Time to sharpen your pencils and zip up your backpacks! While starting a new school year can be an exciting time for everyone in the family, it also means that your children will, once again, be exposed to a host of dangers that were not an issue over the summer break. During the school year, children spend more time at school than they do anywhere other than their own homes, and as parents, we want to believe our children are safe in the school environment. Unfortunately, they are not as safe as we would like to believe—and injuries can occur in a variety of ways.
School Bus Accidents
Opportunities for injuries abound in and around school buses. Almost 23 million children ride school buses every day, and despite claims by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that school buses are the safest mode of public transportation, nearly 17,000 kids end up in emergency rooms every year because of school bus-related injuries. This is even more serious when kids are traveling long distances—such as for field trips and overnight weekend excursions.
The majority of injuries sustained at elementary schools occur on the playground. Playgrounds that are devoid of protective surfaces, have equipment that poses entrapment hazards, or equipment with protruding parts which can scrape skin or entangle clothing can all lead to serious injuries. Lack of proper playground supervision is another serious issue that often leads to injuries. Broken bones, head injuries, and internal injuries are just some of the injuries children can suffer while at recess.
Weapons at School
In today’s day and age, weapons are entering our schools in alarming numbers. It is never acceptable for another child to bring a violent weapon into a school, but they still occur—even in schools that are equipped with metal detectors. Teach your children to immediately report any knowledge of other students having possession of knives, guns, or other weapons. These are strictly prohibited on school grounds and can be the source of horrific school day injuries.
Nationwide, one in ten of the estimated 7 million in-school injuries between 2001 and 2008 were a result of physical altercations amongst classmates. Additionally, children who received these types of intentional injuries at school were twice as likely to be sent to the emergency room. Being physically assaulted or bullied at school can also damage children emotionally and result in attempted suicides and eating disorders.
Whether inflicted by an outsider or a student, school shootings are among the most horrific of tragedies. School shootings are frightening and have long-lasting implications on families and their communities. In recent years there have been an increasing number of school shootings in elementary schools, high schools, and even universities. Teach your children what to do if a shooter does enter their school and find out what your child’s school’s safety protocols are.
How a Denver Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
In this country, children under the age of 15 suffer approximately 15 million unintentional injuries every year. Furthermore, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of these take place in and around schools.
Our firm is committed to safeguarding children against all injuries, whether accidental, or the result of negligence or harassment. Parents and caregivers should educate their children about the potential dangers of bus stops, bullies, and strangers who mean to cause them harm, but schools have a duty to furnish a safe environment in which children can flourish. If a school fails to provide a safe environment for your child or if a teacher’s negligence leads to your child’s injury, you may have cause to file a claim. Depending on the nature of your child’s injuries, your child may suffer long-lasting and permanent damage that will affect him or her throughout life. Don’t delay, however, because there are time limits to filing personal injury claims in the State of Colorado.
If your child has been injured during the school day, contact our office today to discuss your case. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you find the answers to your questions and protect your family during this time. 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.
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Driving and texting is a very dangerous habit and one that is getting out of control in nearly every city in America. Texting, talking on a cellphone, and even surfing the Internet on a cellphone while driving has caused horrific and fatal car accidents in Denver and throughout Colorado. Now, one parent has come up with a brilliant way to stop picking up your cellphone while you are driving—introducing the “red thumb”.In an effort to combat his own bad habit of texting while driving, Steve Babcock, Executive Creative Director at the Evolution Bureau, painted his thumb with bright red nail polish. Inspired by his nine-year-old daughter, Babcock deemed a string around his finger somewhat impractical, and the Red Thumb Reminder was born in August, 2013. The campaign was also a way of honoring Babcock’s late uncle who was killed in an accident involving texting and driving. Babcock hopes to help distracted drivers across the nation avoid potentially fatal auto accidents, and he believes the bright red thumbnail is a useful way to do just that. Disconnecting from Social Media It can be difficult to be disconnected—even for a few minutes—in our world of social media, however those minutes, or even seconds, could mean the difference between life and death. Recent research shows that 1.3 million crashes annually can be attributed to texting and driving. While most of us surely know how dangerous texting and driving is, some 77% of teens admit they are very or somewhat comfortable texting as they drive, and a staggering 55% of teens believe “it’s easy to text and drive.” Since texting and driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers, it’s clear that the constant messages against texting and driving are simply not getting through. A Belgium project tricked teens into believing they had to prove they could text and drive in order to pass the driving test. The alarming results can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbjSWDwJILs. If the above statistics were not sufficient to convince you, consider the following:
- The minimum amount of time your attention is taken from the road when texting or reading a text is five seconds. Doesn’t sound like much? Five seconds equals the distance it takes you to drive the length of an entire football field, traveling at 55 mph.
- Text messaging makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
- Teens texting while driving spend at least 10% of the time outside their lane.
- One in five drivers admit to surfing the web while driving.
- Paul Walker. The Porsche driven by his friend, was traveling at about 90 mph when it began to drift as it emerged from a curve. The vehicle slammed into a light pole and was engulfed in flames. Both men died. Walker left behind a beautiful young daughter and was in the middle of filming the Fast and the Furious 7.
- Ryan Dunn. The actor of “Jackass” notoriety was killed in June 2011 when his speeding Porsche 911 wrapped around a tree and burst into flames.
- Lisa Lopes. The flamboyant recording artist was killed while vacationing in Honduras. She apparently lost control of her rented SUV and the vehicle tipped over. Lopes died with a head injury. The other eight passengers survived with varying degrees of injuries.
- Princess Diana. Attempting to flee the paparazzi while vacationing in Paris with her companion Dodi Al Fayed, her driver inadvertently slammed into an interior wall of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Only Dianna’s bodyguard survived the crash.
- Grace Kelly. The talented actress turned Princess was driving her Rover 3500 in Monaco when she crashed through a retaining wall. She and her daughter were trapped as the Rover careened 120 feet through tree branches. Grace was killed on impact while her daughter survived with multiple injuries.
- Steve Prefontaine. The track and field star was on his way home from a party when he swerved his MG convertible to prevent a collision with another vehicle. His car flipped after hitting a stone wall, fatally pinning the young athlete underneath.
- Jayne Mansfield. The screen siren, her lawyer, and a night club owner were all killed when Mansfield’s Buick Electra rear-ended a tractor-trailer. Sleeping in the back seat, Mansfield’s three children survived the crash.
- Jackson Pollock. The career of this avant-garde painter was cut short when a single-car, alcohol-related crash claimed his life in Springs, NY in 1956.
- James Dean. The vibrant young film star was killed when his prized Porsche Spyder collided head on with another vehicle. His passenger survived with head injuries and a broken leg, although Dean was nearly decapitated. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
- Heart Disease – 1 in 388
- Cancer – 1 in 499
- Unintentional injuries – 1 in 2,228
- Diabetes – 1 in 4,009
- Motor vehicle accident – 1 in 6,585
- Gun shot – 1 in 8,802
- Narcotic drugs – 1 in 34,843
- Falling objects – 1 in 373,787
- Electrocution – 1 in 493,153
- Airplane crash – 1 in 659,779
- Alcohol – 1 in 811,102
- Lightening strike – 1 in 3,106,880
- Dog bite – 1 in 15,966,734
- Domestic hijacking – 1 in 16,817,784
- Venomous snakes or spiders – 1 in 54,049,600
- Always keep your tires properly inflated and check to be sure there is enough tread left on your tires.
- If you are going to be consuming alcohol or drugs, be sure you have a safe way to get home. NEVER drink and drive or drive under the influence of marijuana or other drugs.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, even in states that do not have universal helmet laws. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent deadly traumatic brain injuries.
- Always wear your seatbelt when driving or riding as a passenger in a car. Seatbelts save lives each and every day. From 2004 to 2008, more than 75,000 lives were saved by seatbelt use.
- Keep your attention on the road at all times. Never use a cellphone to talk or text while driving—it can wait. Keep your cellphone in your glove box if you are tempted to use it while in the car.
- Know where you are going ahead of time. Look at a map and decide the best route to take to arrive at your destination safely. Waiting until you are in the car and driving is the worst time to begin looking for directions.
- If you ride a motorcycle, consider investing in some heavy duty riding gear to protect your eyes, face, and skin. This can prevent devastating road rash injuries from occurring.
- Use your headlights even in the daytime. This will allow other cars to see you on the road, even in nice weather.
- Change your wiper blades frequently. Rainstorms can come on suddenly. If you are caught in a rainstorm without good windshield wipers, you may find that your vision is impaired and reaction time slower. Be sure to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis.