Drivers and passengers in Colorado and other states often take their safety while traveling by motor vehicle for granted and do not use seat belts while on the road. This has fatal consequences in many cases as shown by the low seat belt usage and number of fatalities in Wyoming. As of April 8, the state had 27 fatalities due to highway crashes and a low rate of seat belt compliance.
Colorado residents may have read reports about the large number of teen drivers who send and receive text messages while driving, but they may not realize how serious the problem is. Data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that driver distraction is a factor in 60 percent of serious accidents involving teenage drivers, which is significantly higher than previous estimates.
Drowsy driving is both very common and dangerous. Although many drivers experience fatigue, those that fail to stop and rest place themselves as well as others at a significant risk of serious personal injury. The statistics concerning drowsy driving accidents underscore the extent of the problematic behavior, pointing to the need for better awareness of the risks involved.
The Colorado House of Representatives delivered a victory to supporters of stricter winter safety rules for drivers on Interstate 70 when House Bill 1173 won a preliminary voice vote on the floor. HB 1173 aims to extend the tire chain requirements for commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 to include passenger cars.
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.
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.
One of the injuries commonly suffered by people involved in the car accidents is a skull fracture. There are various types of skull fractures, from simple fractures to more dangerous ones that might need surgery to treat it. Colorado residents who are involved in car accidents can benefit from recognizing the signs and types of skull fractures so they can seek treatment quickly.
Three people were injured in a Nov. 18 car accident in Colorado that police said involved impaired driving. Colorado Springs police arrested a 22-year-old man and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, vehicular assault and other offenses.
An Adams County street race resulted in a two-car collision the hospitalization of six people. The accident occurred on Nov. 7 near 54th Avenue when a car and motorcycle driver challenged each other to a race.
Colorado drivers may not be aware of the many economic costs associated with traffic accidents. In 2010 alone, the financial ramifications of auto accidents across the country amounted to approximately $1 trillion, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure includes the loss of productivity and the loss of life that often result from motor vehicle accidents.