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Report Ranks CO as 6th Worst State in the Nation for Drivers

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Colorado drivers might want to slow down and fasten their seat belts. An annual report done by Car Insurance Comparison has ranked Colorado as the 6th worst state in the nation for drivers. 

Colorado Drivers Going Backwards 

An article by ABC Denver 7 News on the study reports that Colorado had previously ranked 15th worst in 2017 and 2018. However this year, “Colorado dropped, got worse, in every category since last year’s study,” as commented by spokesman Nelson Garcia for the company. 

This is the first year Colorado has seen the top ten since the report began coming out in 2011. Car Insurance Comparison uses thousands of data points from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in building their report. 

Key Factors

The company uses five key factors to determine where states rank for bad driving. The factors are fatality rate (for every 100 miles traveled), failure to obey traffic laws, careless driving, drunk driving, and speeding. 

Colorado’s ranking is due to the state receiving the 3rd worst ranking for failure to obey traffic laws, especially speeding. The report also mentions Colorado being ranked 25th worst for drunk driving which is its “best” ranking. 

Injured in a Car Accident? 

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Winter is Coming: Slip and Fall Safety Tips

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Fall is upon us (and soon officially Winter) in Colorado, bringing all the snow and cold weather with it. During these months, getting around the state can be tricky. Drivers have to adapt to changing conditions on the roads, and budget more time for getting around. Even walking around can present its own set of challenges, especially the possibility of a slip and fall. Whether it’s trudging through snow or watching out for that patch of ice on the ground, it’s important to have some tips in mind when you are out and about on foot this time of year. 

  1. Take it Slow – Be sure to slow down and make sure you are paying attention to where you are placing your steps. 
  2. Wear Appropriate Shoes – Wear shoes that have good traction or that are slip resistant to help keep you upright. 
  3. Keep Your Hands Free – Try to keep items out of your hands as it can impede your balance and your ability to catch yourself. 
  4. Take the Easy Way – Try to take the flattest route possible, and avoid curbs that can be built up with snow and ice on them, making them slippery. 
  5. Car Support – Be cautious when getting in and out of your vehicle and use it for balance or extra support if you need to. 
  6. Be Aware Indoors – Ice and snow are magnets for creating wet floors indoors. Be sure to look out for wet floor signs and walk slowly to help keep your footing. 

Injured in a Slip and Fall or Other Accident? 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall incident, or other accident through no fault of your own, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

Multiple Vehicle Crash Causes Portion of I-76 to Close

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A portion of Interstate 76 involving both directions was closed for a period of time on Tuesday December 4, 2019 after a multiple vehicle crash occurred.

Serious Injuries

From a report on the accident by CBS 4 Denver, at least one person passed away as a result of the accident and at least one person was being treated for injuries. The accident resulted in a closure that spanned from the US 85 and E-470 exits as noted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). 

Multiple Vehicles

Brighton Police who responded to the crash said that multiple vehicles were involved, and an investigation is underway at this time to determine exactly what caused the crash. 

Injured in a Car Accident? 

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FDA Feeling the Pressure When It Comes to Talc

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A special report by Reuters documents how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to have downplayed the seriousness of asbestos in talc products over the wishes of companies like Johnson & Johnson. 

FDA Sitting Back on Talc

The report goes back to the 1970’s where the issue of asbestos in talc products first came to light. According to the article, the FDA found a sample of talc in Johnson & Johnson’s popular Shower to Shower product. However the FDA did not investigate further after Johnson & Johnson told the agency that the product was safe and their own testing showed no evidence of asbestos. 

The FDA also had plans to set regulations on asbestos in talc and other cosmetic products, yet chose not to go forward after Johnson & Johnson and other talc companies banded together to propose that the companies could self regulate their products. 

Legal Cases Put on the Pressure

However now that companies like Johnson & Johnson are being sued by thousands of plaintiffs over the safety of their talc, the FDA is feeling the heat to step up as well. According to the article “FDA cosmetics chief Linda Katz began organizing the November 2018 symposium and a public hearing on talc testing, now planned for next year.” The organization however once again looked to J&J for guidance, which recommended talc experts who have testified in defense of J&J in legal proceedings. 

Injured by a Talc Product? 

If you or a loved one has used baby powder or other talc based product extensively and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our practice area page on talcum powder and ovarian cancer for more information. 

Bus Crash on Thanksgiving Day Leaves Multiple People with Serious Injuries

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A bus crash on I-25 near Walsenburg, Colorado on Thursday November 28, 2019 left multiple people with serious injuries according to KFox 14 News.

Dangerous Conditions a Factor in Bus Crash

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. and according to the article, the accident occurred while the interstate was experiencing icy and slick conditions. The driver of the bus at the time of the crash, Alberto Torres, was ticketed by the police for careless driving causing bodily injury after he lost control of the vehicle which slid off the road as a result.

Multiple Injuries 

49 people including Mr. Torres were involved in the accident, with at least 6 people suffering critical injuries. The crash involves an El Paso based autobus company, Los Paisanos, which is where the bus began its journey with its intended destination being Denver, Colorado. 

Other Incidents

Unfortunately this is not the first time Los Paisanos has had a serious bus crash. According to the article, most recently in 2008 the company had an incident involving a flipped vehicle which cost the lives of two individuals and injured many others. 

Colorado State Police (CSP) have launched an investigation into the crash that is still ongoing at this time. 

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Criminal Investigation Coming for Some Pharmaceutical Companies over Opioids

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US government officials have launched a criminal investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed painkillers to flood communities, and contribute to the opioid epidemic. 

Controlled Substances Act

According to an article from Markets Insider, investigators are looking into whether companies such as Teva are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The law requires companies to track certain drugs and report any suspicious orders or activity to authorities. 

Opioid Legal Issues

Other pharmaceutical companies are already feeling the legal heat over the opioid epidemic. The Sackler family who is behind powerful pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, known for the painkiller Oxycontin has filed for bankruptcy. Several states have also sued the company claiming aggressive marketing tactics to push the drugs to doctors and other medical providers has also influenced the severity of the epidemic. 

Injured by Oxycontin or other Drug? 

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Johnson & Johnson May Have Rushed Testing of Talcum Powder

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A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Johnson & Johnson may have rushed the testing of their talcum powder, in order to say that their talc does not contain asbestos. 

FDA Finds Sample Positive for Asbestos in Talcum Powder

This news comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  testing a sample of Johnson & Johnson baby powder ordered online, and finding traces of asbestos in the product. As a result, many big name retail stores such as CVS, Walgreen’s, and others have pulled the item from shelves. 

To further complicate matters, an expert witness used many times by Johnson & Johnson to promote the safety of their talc, was found to be the head of a laboratory that confirmed the positive sample from the FDA.

Internal Fighting

The lab who processed the results is pointing the finger at Johnson & Johnson, saying it was under pressure from the company to rush the results of the testing. J&J is currently under fire from thousands of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the company, claiming that Johnson & Johnson knew that their talcum powder was not safe and yet continued to market the product anyway. Many individuals are now claiming that their diagnosis of mesothelioma and/or ovarian cancer from those who are women, is a result of their use of J&J talcum powder. 

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer?

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Traffic Deaths in Denver Hit New High

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Deaths as a result of traffic accidents are on the rise in Denver CBS4 News reports. According to city officials, the City of Denver has already outpaced last year’s total of 61, as the new total is 64. 

Dangers on Denver Roads 

All in all, 235 people have lost their lives as a result of traffic incidents since 2016. The Denver Police Department has a program currently in place, Vision Zero Action Plan, to help lower traffic fatalities. 

Vision Zero

The Vision Zero plan focuses on asking drivers to slow down, wear seat belts, and not engage in distracted driving habits such as talking on a cell phone or texting. The program’s overall goal is to have zero traffic related deaths by the year 2030. The city has already taken some steps by lowering the speed limit on certain roads, to help keep drivers and others safe. Those who choose to get around the city by bike, will find that there are more protected bikeways as well. 

Injured in a Car Accident?

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Report Claims JUUL Brushed Off Warning Signs About Teens Vaping

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A Reuters report that has been released that shows JUUL ignored evidence that their product was highly addictive to teens. 

JUUL Knew From the Beginning

According to the report, the company spent months creating a new formula that would allow users to be hooked on the product from the first use. Ideas were even proposed to have the device shut off or be disabled after so many uses for a certain period of time, to limit nicotine intake. However, JUUL never decided to use the feature in the final product design.

Marketing to Teens

While the company claims in written responses to questions from Reuters reporters, that they did not intend their marketing to target teens, their marketing tactics tell a different story. Many of their older advertisements featured younger looking models, and only after controversy and criticism around teens vaping did the company start to move to feature older people promoting their products. 

Harmful to Teenagers

While cigarettes are blamed for having toxic chemicals other than nicotine, vaping is now bringing nicotine under a major spotlight. Scientists are focusing on how nicotine impacts brain development on young teenagers. According to the article, research that has been done shows how nicotine can interfere with brain development in young people, reworking the brain to focus on getting another hit of nicotine vs developing impulse control and other pathways that are crucial to proper brain development. 

Injured through using a JUUL Vape Pod?

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CDC Finds Vitamin E Acetate May Be to Blame Over Vaping Illness

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A link between vaping and the serious lung issues it can cause may have finally been found. US health officials are claiming a “breakthrough” in the investigation that has led to over 1,000 people hospitalized with lung injuries as a result of vaping. An article from The Guardian reports that the CDC is claiming that Vitamin E acetate is the possible culprit behind the injuries.

Vitamin E Acetate

Research has shown the presence of the chemical in samples. The ingredient is often used to thin out the THC oil that is present in some illegal vaping products. Dr. Anne Schuchet who is the deputy director of the CDC has pointed to Vitamin E acetate as being “a very strong culprit of concern” but states that more research needs to be done before a conclusion can be drawn.

The illness has brought a lot of attention from the media due to its quick development. Oftentimes symptoms develop rapidly and individuals can be caught off guard as a result. Individuals have reported having symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and even stomach issues such as nausea and vomiting. 

THC Also a Factor? 

The CDC is also currently looking into whether the presence of THC in certain vaping products is also a reason behind the illnesses. Currently 85% of those affected with the vaping illness have used vaping products with THC as reported by the CDC. 

Injured by a Vape Product?

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