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Multiple Vehicle Crash Occurs Near Erie Parkway

[:en]A multiple-vehicle crash in Erie on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, has left at least one individual with serious injuries. 

Erie Parkway

Fox 31 Denver reports that the crash occurred in the afternoon and was near Erie Parkway. Erie Police Department who responded to the scene closed the street that includes Weld County Road 5 all the way to Interstate 25 to deal with the crash. According to the article, a garbage truck is one of the vehicles involved in the accident, and a large amount of trash was at the scene as well. 

Investigation Underway

At least one individual was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The other vehicles and individuals involved in the crash have not been made known at this time. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. 

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Massive 28 Car Accident Occurs In Lakewood

[:en]A 28-car pileup occurred yesterday evening April 25, 2019 in Lakewood resulting in multiple deaths and serious injuries.

Speeding Semi

According to an article by The Denver Post, the crash occurred around 4:50 p.m. on I-70 heading eastbound. Witnesses reported seeing a semi truck carrying lumber slam into stopped traffic setting off a chain reaction that resulted in explosions and a resulting fire.

Scorching Temperatures

The fire reached a searing temperature of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, as firefighters worked to put out the flames. The fire appears to have started as a result of the lumber mixing with spilled diesel fuel from the explosions.

Looking for Answers

Investigators from Jefferson County and the Colorado Department of Transportation are looking into the cause of the crash as well as continuing to identify those who were injured or died as a result of the accident. The exact number of those who are injured or died is still unknown at this time.

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Jaw Pain and Whiplash in Car Accidents

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What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is defined according to the Mayo Clinic as “a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck like the cracking of the whip.”

Jaw Pain Relating to Whiplash

When injured in a motor vehicle accident, serious injuries can occur. One injury that can occur is jaw pain. Jaw pain is an important symptom to be aware of because it can be a sign that an individual has suffered whiplash as a result of the accident. More often than not, most people injured in a car accident aren’t even aware that jaw pain is a direct symptom of having sustained whiplash.

How is Jaw Pain Significant in Whiplash?

A study done by two dentists for the Journal of the American Dental Association published in 2007 found that “reduced or painful jaw movement is an important aspect of WADs (Whiplash Associated Disorder), and jaw symptoms also correlated [found] with difficulty swallowing and ringing in the ears.”

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Getting Medical Help after a Car Accident

[:en]After a car accident, there are many things to consider and make decisions about. From dealing with insurance companies to handling vehicle repairs, seeking medical treatment may seem not important if you aren’t feeling any immediate effects from the collision. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding the benefits of getting medical attention sooner rather than later.

    Secret Symptoms:

  • Be on the lookout for any issues such as fatigue, headache, or nausea appearing and/or worsening after an accident. These may be underlying symptoms of a serious injury. Getting an evaluation from a doctor can allow for further testing to be done if needed, and treatment for any injuries can begin as soon as possible.

   The Waiting Game: 

  • Even if you feel your accident doesn’t give the need to seek medical treatment, seeking medical care can preserve your rights. Insurance companies make note of when treatment is sought, and may use your waiting to get help as a sign that your injuries from the accident are not that severe.

   Limits to a Claim:

  • In the state of Colorado, there is a statue of limitations from the date of the accident for settling a claim with your insurance company.  After the statute of limitations passes, your case may not be revisited or resumed so getting and completing all medical treatment in regards to your accident is important prior to that time.

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Car Crashes on the Rise with Marijuana Legalization

[:en]WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the probable cause of a crash that killed 12 people on a church bus near Concan, Texas, in March 2017 was that the 20-year-old man whose truck hit the bus was under the influence of marijuana and a sedative.

In its report, the board says there has been an increase in the number of drug-impaired drivers across the country and that something must be done about it.

That call to action seems to match up with a report released Thursday from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute.

Though a 2017 study found that the legalization of recreational weed has not increased the number of accidents involving fatalities, states that have legalized recreational use are seeing more car crashes overall, according to the report, which includes two studies presented at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit at the insurance institute’s Vehicle Research Center.

The first study found that crashes are up as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, compared with neighboring states that haven’t legalized recreational use of weed.

Researchers estimated the frequency of collision claims per insured vehicle year, controlling for differences in other factors that could contribute to an accident, including age, location, job status, and weather, and still saw an increase.

The second study looked at the number of police-reported accidents before and after the legalization of recreational use of weed.

The findings were similar: A 5.2 percent increase in crash rates after legalization than before weed was legal in those states.

Other research has found that in a small sample of drivers who used weed before driving, they had slower thinking and perceptual skills.

Drivers under the influence of weed tended to weave more when tested in simulators, studies show, although scientists say more research needs to be done to better understand the correlation between blood or oral fluid concentrations and psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Driving while impaired by any substance, including marijuana, is illegal in all states.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in its report on the fatal accident in Texas — where recreational use is illegal — that police across the country need better training and better tools to detect whether a driver is under the influence of drugs.

It also encouraged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with a system of best practices and model specifications for oral fluid drug screening devices that police can use when they pull someone over.

There are no national standards or standardized tests for weed-impaired drivers like there are for alcohol.

The tests designed to determine whether someone is driving drunk are only moderately successful in determining that someone is impaired from using weed, studies have shown.

About 6 in 10 Americans support marijuana legalization, an October poll found, and thus more states will probably legalize recreational use — meaning there will probably be more drivers on the road under the influence.

 

Article originally posted on KVDR News (Fox 31) via CNN Wire[:]