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Study connects marijuana use to car accidents

When recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, one thing that detractors pointed out was that they thought it may cause more car accidents. If people used marijuana more often, wouldn't it stand to reason that some of them would get behind the wheel, just like people do after drinking alcohol? It may be illegal, but it still happens.

Well, that argument has a bit more fuel now, as a recent study did connect marijuana use with a rise in accidents in the state. Since marijuana was legalized, the total amount of accidents in Colorado has gone up by roughly 10%.

Breathalyzer inaccuracies as a DUI defense

Being charged with a DUI in Colorado can have a huge impact on a person's life. If convicted, it means the defendant will no longer be able to get to work easily, and this can limit their earning potential. This is why those who believe they have been wrongly charged with a DUI due to a faulty breathalyzer test should take action to defend themselves.

Breathalyzer tests are known for their convenience, and officers often rely on them to make the decision about whether or not a driver is actually impaired. However, breathalyzer tests can also be deeply flawed -- and nobody should be convicted due to a test that's inaccurate.

Distracted driving comes in three forms

What is distracted driving? If you said "texting and driving", then you are partially correct. That is perhaps the most common form of distracted driving. But what distracted driving really is goes a bit deeper.

Per the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main forms of on-the-road distraction that we see. They are:

  1. Manual distractions: When the driver's hands leave the steering wheel.
  2. Cognitive distractions: When the driver's mind leaves the task at hand.
  3. Visual distractions: When the driver's eyes leave the road.

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for Colorado teen's death

The driver of a car who was going too fast on a Colorado road, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old girl, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The accident occurred in January 2018 when the driver, then 20, was traveling on Highway 74. He was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, which later was found to have faulty brakes, on the way to Wal-Mart. He lost control, and the car spun 180 degrees, slid, flipped and continued in motion until it hit a concrete barrier and stopped.

What to know before speaking out about sexual assault

Being sexually assaulted is something that no one should ever have to endure. An incident that lasted only seconds or minutes can have the power to affect the victim's entire perspective on the world for years to come.

In many cases, victims of sexual assault can suffer from low self-esteem, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Can I get compensation for emotional suffering after an accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident in Colorado, it is likely that the physical damages that you have suffered is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the ways the accident has affected your life. Physical injuries can lead to extensive medical bills, lost wages, a loss of freedom and an inability to care for your children.

Essentially, the results of a car accident can negatively affect every aspect of your life, and as a result it is unfortunately common for car accident victims to suffer from mental health issues following a wreck. While getting financial compensation will not solve all of your problems, it can go a long way toward relieving the burden. This compensation can help you continue to provide for your family and access certain services that may help you recover.

Lines blur between sexual harassment and sexual assault

The #MeToo movement opened a dialogue between men and women about sexual misconduct in the workplace, but many people still misunderstand the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault. Both actions take advantage of power differentials in workplace relationships, but the difference lies in approach.

Understanding the differences between sexual assault and sexual harassment will help victims process and seek the appropriate resources to address their experience. For example, if a worker is sexually assaulted by their boss, it is important to contact the police department first, not human resources.

Could a bar be liable for the fight that injured you?

If you were in a bar and were assaulted or attacked, this can have serious implications for your future. You likely have physical injuries and need to pay for medical services, and you may also be unable to work for a significant amount of time. You will also have endured pain and suffering through no fault of your own.

When considering how to take legal action for your injuries, your first thought will be to hold the person who attacked you legally liable. However, there are additional actions that you may be able to take. In certain situations, you can file a premises liability claim and seek to hold the owner of the establishment responsible for your injuries.

There are many ways to defend yourself against a DUI

If you are facing a DUI charge after being pulled over in Colorado, you may feel panicked and automatically assume that you will be convicted. However, there are, in fact, many ways to successfully defend yourself from a DUI.

Your potential defense options will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest. For example, it may have been the case that you were illegally stopped, were tested with an inaccurate device or that you suffer from a health condition that may have influenced the results of the Breathalyzer test. It is important that you take the time to consider all the possible defenses that could apply to your situation.

Self-blame is very common in cases of sexual assault

If you spend a significant amount of time replaying a disturbing physical interaction in your head, it is possible that you will be having a difficult time relaxing, feeling comfortable and concentrating on things such as work. You may be wondering what led you to go through this experience, and after much rumination, you might have arrived at the conclusion that it was likely your fault.

Unfortunately, self-blame is a common symptom of those who have experienced sexual harassment or assault. There are many reasons why a person might start to blame themselves; however, it is important not to blindly listen to your inner voice. By looking at the situation more objectively, you may be able to see that any sexual memory that is causing you so much distress is possibly a form of sexual assault or harassment.

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