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Marijuana use could lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents

There is evidence that the legalization of recreational marijuana use here in Colorado has led to people believing it is legal to drive while under the influence of it. This could not be further from the truth. Driving after using marijuana could lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents just as easily as drinking and driving, texting and driving or driving drowsy.

Unfortunately, that fact is not as well known as it should be. Research indicates that approximately 33 percent of teenagers think that it is okay to drive after using marijuana since it is now legal. Some adults are under the same impression. They forget that alcohol is legal as well, but it is not legal to drive when one's blood alcohol level is more than  the statutory prohibition.

Colorado motorcycle accidents often have deadly consequences

While motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as the operators of other vehicles, drivers often pay less attention to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, given the difference in size and protection between a motorcycle and a car, motorcycle accidents are far more likely to be serious or even fatal for the biker. A fatal motorcycle crash occurred recently in Colorado, with tragic results.

A Colorado community is still shaken by the loss of one of its members, a 69-year-old motorcyclist recently killed in a hit-and-run. The woman, a long-time biker, was out riding her motorcycle with her husband and a group of friends. As the riders stopped for a red light, she was hit from behind.

A car crash can lead to a traumatic brain injury

It doesn't matter how much caution you take when you're behind the wheel, you never know if another driver will make a mistake that causes an accident. This can be as simple as another person sending a text message when he or she should be paying attention to the traffic and road conditions.

While a car crash can lead to a variety of injuries, a traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious.

Alcohol is suspected in many fatal motor vehicle accidents

Despite knowing its dangers, many people here in Colorado and elsewhere continue to drink and drive. This more than likely explains why Colorado police often suspect alcohol in fatal motor vehicle accidents. The sad thing is that -- whether alcohol plays a role in a crash or not -- people lose their lives.

One Colorado city's police department suspects that alcohol may have played a role in a crash that occurred on a recent Friday night shortly before 8 p.m. The two vehicles involved were traveling in opposite directions on U.S. 85 at the time. A car veered into the oncoming lane of travel and slammed into a van.

Some fatal motor vehicle accidents are caused by drowsy driving

Many drivers here in Colorado may recollect a time when they drove when they were really too tired to do so. Keeping their eyes open may have been a challenge, and they were lucky to make it home safely. Sadly, drowsy driving causes a significant number of fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur each year.

In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that by Nov. 2014, approximately 21 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred in the country were attributed to a drowsy driver. In the previous study conducted by the foundation in 2010, that percentage was "only" 16.5 percent. That means that the number of sleep-deprived drivers sharing the roadways with other people has increased dramatically.

Distracted driving and walking equals pedestrian accidents

Distracted driving has always been a problem, but not as much as it appears to be these days. Smart phones have provided numerous benefits to those who use them, but they also serve as dangerous distractions on the roadways. Colorado residents may not realize that it is not just the drivers getting distracted by their phones, but pedestrians as well. When distracted drivers and distracted walkers share the roadways, the results could easily be devastating pedestrian accidents.

In fact, in 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities jumped 11 percent from 2015. This may not seem like a lot, but in real numbers, that means that 6,000 people died in vehicle versus pedestrian accidents last year. The overall number of traffic fatalities "only" rose 6 percent last year by comparison. That means that more pedestrians are dying, and researchers believe they know why.

Drugs, alcohol and speed cause many fatal motor vehicle accidents

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.

For example, police in Colorado Springs report that speed and drugs contributed to a single-car accident that took place on a recent Thursday. The preliminary reports indicate that as the driver traveled south, he drove off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle was traveling at a fast enough speed that it knocked down a traffic signal.

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Interesting stats on fatal motor vehicle accidents and alcohol

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.

People may not realize that someone dies in a drunk driving accident approximately every 51 minutes in the United States. Someone is injured in such a crash approximately every two minutes as well. All of these injuries and deaths happen in accidents that are entirely preventable.

Are you overlooking these common causes of truck accidents?

If you spend any time driving in or around the Denver, Colorado, area, you know that you are always sharing the road with truckers.

While most truck drivers share the road and act in a responsible manner, you should not expect this to be the case across the board.

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