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Colorado car accidents: Teen motorcycle rider injured in crash

As the weather improves, more and more people in Colorado will be bringing out their motorcycles. For many riders, this is good news, but experienced riders also know that this means there is an increased risk of motorcycle vs. car accidents. Recently, a teenager was involved in an accident and is in the hospital in serious condition.

The 19-year-old exited a strip mall onto South Academy in Colorado Springs. As he was headed southbound on Academy, a truck heading north turned into the path of the motorcycle rider without warning. The young man had no chance at avoiding a collision with the truck.

Colorado car accidents: Alcohol and speed suspected in death

Most drivers in Colorado are aware that getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking can be dangerous. Reaction time and the ability to concentrate on the road are diminished when a driver is drunk. As a result, car accidents involving drunk drivers are some of the most preventable accidents on the roads.

The Colorado State Patrol suspects that a recent crash involved a driver that had been drinking. To make matters worse, it is also believed that the driver was traveling too fast for the road. The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision lost control and slammed into a parked car.

Colorado pet owners may have purchased a dangerous product

Pet owners in Colorado that purchased products for their pets that are manufactured by Natura Pet Products may need to know that a recent recall by the company has been expanded to include more products. People may not stop to consider that the pet food they are buying is a dangerous product. However, the current recall by Natura pet products is for possible salmonella contamination.

The company is recalling a number of their dog, cat and ferret products that expire before or on March 24, 2014. The contamination can be spread not only to pets, but to humans who have handled the contaminated product. Anyone that has purchased a pet food or treat product that was manufactured by Natura Pet Products may want to contact the company or go to the company's website to see if the product they purchased is part of the recall. Natura manufactures products under the name brands EVO, Innova, HealthWise, California Natural and Karma.

Defective product may have been used on Colorado knee patients

Knee replacement recipients in Colorado may need to know that Stryker Corp. voluntarily recalled its ShapeMatch Cutting Guides after receiving complaints that the products were dangerous. The defective product may not have been manufactured correctly. The Food and Drug Administration has categorized the recall of this product as a Class 1.

A Class 1 recall means that the product that is the subject of the recall could cause serious health problems. In this case, one of those health problems could be that the replacement knee will not function the way that it is intended. ShapeMatch Cutting Guides were designed to help a surgeon mark bones for cutting and align the components of the new knee.

Colorado product liability: USDA issues recall of Farm Rich foods

Colorado consumers depend on the fact that the food products they buy are safe to eat. In this day and age, there shouldn't be a question as to whether or not a food is contaminated. Unfortunately, mistakes do still happen. For instance, the USDA has issued a recall for frozen foods that are manufactured by Rich Products Corporation and distributed under the name Farm Rich. The company could be facing numerous product liability claims as a result of the contamination of the products that are subject to the recall.

Farm Rich frozen products such as mini quesadillas, mini pizza slices and Philly cheese steaks are part of the recall; but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Consumers that have purchased any Farm Rich frozen foods recently may want to contact the USDA or visit their website in order to be sure that the products they have purchased are not part of the recall. The products are said to be contaminated with E. coli 0121.

Bicycle accidents: Promising life cut short in Colorado

It is important to remember those who have passed away in a local community, especially the young ones who were not able to live out their lives to their full potential. One community in Colorado is doing just that by creating a memorial sign to remember a graduate student who was killed as he was walking across a street with his bicycle, close to the university he used to attend. This is just one of many bicycle accidents caused by collisions with motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this one resulted in the death of a young man with a promising future.

The 24-year-old student's body was propelled approximately 100 feet after a vehicle sped through a red light and crashed into him in late May 2012. Authorities found the man's bicycle nearly a mile from the collision. The local police believed the motorist was driving a red SUV that dragged the bicycle nearly a mile after fleeing the scene of the crash.

Young, unlicensed drivers cause car accidents in Colorado

Although driving laws for teenagers vary by state, there is a general consensus in all areas of the country. The early teenage years are too young to drive because these drivers are likely to be involved in car accidents. This idea has been further supported by a car accident in Colorado. Five teenagers were treated at area hospitals after they were injured in a single-car accident.

Police officers responded to calls regarding the accident one evening in late March. According to reports, an unlicensed 15-year-old female had been driving the vehicle before the accident. The driver was attempting to make a left turn when it swerved, over-corrected, and left the road. It climbed a steep hill before rolling and striking a tree.

Colorado teens' lives changed in car accidents performing stunts

Colorado drivers likely know that accidents can happen very quickly, even when the best safety precautions are taken. Unfortunately, when caution is thrown to the proverbial wind, car accidents can be even more devastating and may lead to criminal and/or civil liability for any party found to be at fault. For one Colorado teenager, the future may hold one or both of those potential liabilities after an evening of stunts caused the death of one passenger and injuries to two others.

According to reports, the driver of the car was attempting what are known as "j-turns", or causing the car to spin 180 degrees by applying the emergency brake. As the driver was attempting this stunt, the car lost control and slammed into a mobile home. One passenger in the car sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and died later at a hospital. Two other passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries. No one was inside the mobile home at the time of the crash.

Colorado security guard injured, example of unusual car accidents

One Colorado teenager is learning a hard lesson after what was meant to be a joyride turned into an injurious accident and criminal charges. According to reports, two teenage boys were involved in a crash with a Colorado College security guard, who was riding in a golf cart. The collision caused non-life-threatening injuries to the security guard. Car accidents like this one demonstrate how widely varied the causes for accidents really are.

The two teenage boys in the car, one 14 years old, the other 12 years old, reportedly were on a joyride in a stolen vehicle when police located their movements via OnStar. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the teenagers fled, leading to the collision with the security guard. After abandoning the accident scene and then the vehicle, the teenagers were finally apprehended by police.

Colorado spinal cord injuries: Soldiers to compete in sports

Spinal cord injuries can be among the most traumatic events that a person can suffer in a car accident, or when serving the country as a soldier. One training program which is a joint effort between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military & Veterans Program provides wounded soldiers who have suffered from maladies such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, lost limbs or conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder the opportunity to compete in competitive sports competitions. The events that the veterans will compete in at the 2013 Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs are geared specifically toward those with disabilities.

The events include modified sports like wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball along with sports like swimming, archery and competitive shooting. Soldiers who hope to represent their country in the games typically compete in a week-long training and qualifying program which allows coaches to determine who they want for their teams. Ultimately, approximately 50 veterans who have suffered wounds like spinal cord injuries while in service will be selected to compete in the May competition.

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