Many Colorado motorcyclists enjoy the freedom that motorcycles offer. However, those who rely on motorcycles as their primary form of transportation or even those who ride motorcycles as a hobby are always at risk for suffering serious injuries should they become involved in a crash with another vehicle.
According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, 2015 is the year for improved truck safety standards. For the past four years, the amount of fatalities because of truck accidents has been on the rise in Denver and the rest of the U.S., but despite this trend and the more than 100 safety recommendations offered by the NTSB, highway regulators have failed to make any changes.
In Colorado, car accidents are a major cause of serious injury and even death. A high-speed collision between two vehicles can cause serious damage to a victim's head, neck and spine. Even low-speed accidents can inflict serious injury, depending on the nature of the accident and the types of vehicles involved. However, many of these injuries can be prevented with some basic safety measures. Features like seat belts and airbags are designed to prevent these types of serious injuries.
When people think of impaired driving, they often think only about alcohol, but drugged driving also plays a role in a significant percentage of car accidents. Drugged driving is the result of the use of psychoactive drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which make it both dangerous and illegal to operate a vehicle.
Colorado drivers and passengers in motor vehicles should be wary of distracted drivers. People who drive while distracted could be more likely to cause an auto accident. Accidents in which a distracted driver was involved account for more than nine deaths and 1,153 injuries every day in the United States. Although new laws are being made to decrease instances of distracted driving, no evidence has yet proven their effectiveness to do so.