These are the top causes of car accidents in Colorado. Stay safe and drive smart!
Getting into a car accident can turn your world upside down. You might be asking, "Why is my insurance company not returning my calls? Who’s going to cover my medical bills? How am I going to get work?" There is a lot involved when car accidents happen. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured or die in car accidents in the U.S., and 582 of those traffic fatalities took place in Colorado in 2018. Due to the high-risk factors associated with driving, it is important to understand the leading causes contributing to car accidents across the nation.
Distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of car accidents in America. This kind of driving is defined as any activity that could divert an individual’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Talking on the phone, texting, personal grooming, putting on makeup, eating, and even changing the radio station are forms distracted driving.
In 2016, 10,996 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Driving under the influence of alcohol puts everyone around you in danger. Always make sure you have a designated driver or rideshare service if you plan on going out and drinking with your friends.
Reckless driving causes needless car accidents. Abruptly changing lanes, speeding, and tailgating might result in a reckless driving citation or even a car accident. Be safe on the road and plan your trips accordingly to ensure that you have plenty of time to reach your final destination.
Poor Weather Conditions
As residents of Colorado, we are all very aware of the impact poor weather conditions have on driving. The most commonly cited personal injury claims are typically due to rain, icy roads, and substantial snowfalls. Ensure that your tires are safe and take your time when driving under these circumstances.
Construction zones can become dangerous fast. Slow down and pay attention when going through construction zones.
Due to their size, semi-trucks contribute a significant amount to yearly traffic accidents and fatalities, often through no fault of their own. By avoiding a truck driver's blind spots (the areas directly in front of and behind the truck, and beside the truck’s right door) and keeping a safe distance, you are doing your part to reduce the risk of an accident.
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