Not every Colorado resident considers the consequences of his or her actions when it comes to driving. This is evidenced by the fact that many fatal motor vehicle accidents involve factors such as drugs, alcohol and speeding. People who cause these accidents often fail to consider that they hold other people's lives in their hands when they engage in these and other dangerous behaviors while driving.
The media here in Colorado report deaths on the state's roadways far more often than anyone would like to see. When fatal motor vehicle accidents occur, one of the questions that law enforcement agencies, and even the media, have is whether alcohol was a factor. This is because a disturbing number of deadly crashes involve drunk driving.
There is often no rhyme or reason to who lives and who dies in a crash. Many of those who survive fatal motor vehicle accidents have to live with the memories. A Colorado teenager who recently lost his mother in a wreck said that he will never forget the day that his life changed forever.
Nearly everyone already knows that Colorado is one of three states that permit the recreational use marijuana. In the time since the legalization of recreational marijuana use, accidents, likely including some fatal motor vehicle accidents, have risen approximately 3 percent. A recent study appears to show a causal link between the two variables.
Colorado parents often experience anxiety, pride and trepidation when their teens begin to drive. Teenagers' inexperience behind the wheel, potential distractions and other factors make them vulnerable to serious or fatal motor vehicle accidents. It turns out that teens are easily distracted while driving. In fact, in 2014, approximately 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving a teenage driver also involved a distraction, according to government data.
Some crashes are not what they appear to be when Colorado law enforcement officials first arrive at the scene. For this reason, they rely on witnesses to fill in some of the gaps to help them determine what happened and who was at fault. This is especially helpful in fatal motor vehicle accidents where one or more of the people involved are unable to tell their stories.
Do you trust that the truck next to you will stay in its lane? Do you trust that the driver of the truck behind you is paying attention? Perhaps you should be more wary since trucks play a major role in fatal motor vehicle accidents here in Colorado.
The legalization of marijuana here in Colorado remains a controversial topic in many circles. Some researchers are looking at the connection between legalized marijuana use and fatal motor vehicle accidents. The bigger question is how marijuana affects an individual's driving.
Many Colorado residents mistakenly believe that if their blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit of .08 they are okay to drive. Unfortunately, that is not always true. A BAC of as little as .02 can affect the way an individual drives. Drivers who consume any amount of alcohol could cause fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Most Colorado teens cannot seem to wait to get their driver's licenses, and most of their parents would not mind waiting a little longer. Safety is a big issue for new drivers since they lack the experience of those who have been driving for some time. This makes teens who use cell phones while they drive at even more of a risk of being involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents.