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Common mistakes skiers make on chairlifts

Even though most Colorado ski accidents happen when skiers go down the mountains, there have been incidents where they are hurt going up. Newcomers and people with a fear of heights can find chairlifts very intimidating as there aren’t as many restraints as you would find in a car seat or a theme park attraction. One malfunction or wrong move could result in a 25 foot drop that injures or kills you.

However, most skiers shouldn’t have to worry too much about falling from a chairlift breakdown. A study from the National Ski Areas Association reveals that 86 percent of chairlift falls are from rider error. Any incidents where a skier falls due to a malfunction still occur, but are few and far between. Both experienced and new skiers should instead focus more on their own personal chairlift safety precautions to avoid committing the following mistakes:

April 20 associated with increased accident risk

Particularly in a state like Colorado, where the recreational use of marijuana is legal, many people likely commemorated the past April 20 as the High Holiday. While still thought of as a countercultural celebration, many people, particularly young people, choose to smoke marijuana on April 20.

According to a relatively recent study, from April 2018, the holiday carries with it an increased risk for fatal motor vehicle accidents. Of course, it is too early to tell whether this trend held true for the past April 20.

Dog bite victims are often young children

National Dog Bite Prevention Weeks occurs in April. As such, this month is a good time to remind dog owners in Colorado to make sure that all people, particularly children, are safe around the family pet.

Particularly in a state full of animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, dogs are pretty common. Across the country, over 78 million domesticated dogs live with families, a total of 38 percent of all American households.

Motorcyclist seriously injured at intersection

A motorcyclist traveling in another city in Colorado that is south and west of Denver suffered what police described as serious injuries after being involved in a collision at an intersection.

While certainly additional investigation will be needed, police cited the driver of the pickup truck which collided with the motorcycle. The citation was for failing to yield while attempting a left turn.

How can you keep you kids safe while on a ski vacation?

If you enjoy winter activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, there may be nothing quite like waking up to fresh powder. Once you book your flight, reserve your condo and request time off work, you might think you are all set to have a good time.

In many cases, that is true. However, as you prepare your family for a vacation of a lifetime, you might be wise to consider the potential dangers involved.

Overview of exemplary damages in Colorado

Like other states, Colorado law allows victims of accidents to recover exemplary damages, which are sometimes referred to as punitive damages, in certain circumstances.

Exemplary damages can be recovered following all sorts of accidents, from premises liability claims to automobile and other motor vehicle accidents to accidents that happen on the ski slopes in and around Dillon, Colorado.

Young man dies while snowboarding on Colorado slope

A young man, who was only 20, died on the slope of a Colorado ski resort while he was snowboarding.

According to a report issued by the company that runs the resort, the man tried to do a jump on his snowboard and apparently landed on his head, causing a severe and ultimately fatal injury.

Statistics on distracted driving in Colorado

Distracted driving continues to be a major problem both in the Dillon area and throughout the rest of Colorado.

According to recent statistics from the state's Department of Transportation, distracted driving is to blame for 40 motor vehicle accidents a day in the state on average.

Motorcycle accidents usually end in injury, death

There are many things that are certain about a motorcycle accident. They happen for a variety of reasons that are related to the human operators of those vehicles involved, the design of the motorcycle itself and issues with the environment.

The one thing that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents do have in common is that the motorcyclist either gets significantly hurt or dies. In fact, in four out of five motorcycle accidents that get reported, the motorcyclist has suffered a severe or fatal injury.

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