Colorado Enacts Mandatory Reporting Laws for Elder Abuse

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Colorado recently put into place new laws to help protect our state’s aging population. The tragedy of elder abuse is on the rise in the United States as the American population continues to age. Baby Boomers are turning 65 at a rate of one every ten seconds. In order to protect this population, Colorado, as of July 2014, put into place mandatory reporting laws. These laws ensure that those in the elder community are safe and cared for by requiring certain identified individuals to report any observations or reasonable suspicions of abuse of an at-risk elder to the proper authorities within 24 hours. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, caretaker neglect, and exploitation of a person 70 years of age or older.

Risky Driving in Colorado: Getting Behind the Wheel with Seizures

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When we think about dangerous drivers we often think about drunk, high, or angry drivers. But are they the only potentially unsafe drivers on the road? We don’t think about the risk of someone getting behind the wheel and having a seizure or other medical emergency, but unfortunately it can happen. The ramifications of that can be just as serious as a drunk driver. However, the difference is that an individual makes the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking putting others at risk, and one doesn’t necessarily get behind the wheel expecting a medical problem and losing control of his or her car.

What to do if You’re in an Accident with an Intoxicated Driver

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Did you know every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunk driving crash? According to MADD, every two minutes someone is injured in a car accident due to drunk driving. In 2011, 9,878 people died in an auto accident due to alcohol. In 2012, Colorado had 133 fatalities, or 28% of traffic related deaths, caused by drunk driving. These numbers are sobering, and illustrate the alarming possibility of getting in an accident with a drunk driver. So what can you do?

Why did the U.S. Fine Honda $70 Million?

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This January, our country’s auto safety agency fined Honda $70 million—the largest civil fine imposed against an automaker. The reason: for Honda not reporting to regulators over 1,700 complaints that its vehicles caused death and injuries, and for not reporting warranty and other claims as required by the TREAD Act.

Driving While Angry: What to do When Faced with Road Rage

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Last month, in a Home Depot parking lot in Thornton, CO, a man was shot in the head by another. Why? Apparently, an act of road rage that turned violent. Unfortunately, such extreme cases of road rage occur, and it’s alarming. We should all be vigilant in understanding road rage and what to do when faced with an aggressive driver to mitigate these circumstances. No one wants their daily drive home to turn dangerous or deadly.

Colorado First in Nation to Enact Ridesharing Laws

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You’ve probably heard of ridesharing apps, such as Uber® or Lyft®; however, you’re probably not aware that Colorado is the first state in the country to legislatively authorize ridesharing companies. Ridesharing companies, or transportation network companies (TNCs), are becoming increasingly popular. The apps often provide cheaper means of transportation than a taxi by matching up a driver with a passenger in a local city.