Colorado experienced a 24% increase in the number of driving fatalities from 2014-2016. While some of the fatalities can be linked to a growing state population, nationally, fatalities have grown 8% over the same time frame for car drivers and motorcyclists. This year, The Colorado Department of Transportation donated $3.5 million to different non-profit and government agencies, to perform safety programs to try to reduce the number of car crashes.
Top 5 Contributors to Road Fatalities
- Drunk driving: This is one of the most common reasons for driving fatalities, affecting rural areas and cities without public transportation the most. Drunk driving is still near the top of the list, but the percentage of deaths resulting from drunk driving has gone down in recent decades, following law enforcement efforts to stop it.
- Distracted diving: This cause of crashes is becoming more prevalent in modern times, with increased use of cell phones on the road. Eating, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, grooming, and texting are all distracted driving practices. Across the nation, legislation is being passed placing bans and penalties for cell phone use in vehicles.
- Bad weather: In Colorado and Wyoming, drivers are subject to blizzards, hail, thunderstorms, and driving on potentially icy mountain roads. Make sure and pull over if you are losing control or your vehicle or losing visibility on the road.
- Speeding: Many drunk driving and distracted driving crashes also involve speeding. Many rural areas have more speeding deaths because open roadways have less congestion.
- Not wearing seatbelts: According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014, more than half of teenagers and young adults who died in crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
If you have been hit by another driver, do not hesitate to contact an experienced auto accident attorney today. Attorneys can often get more coverage for your damages than insurance companies.