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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Alcohol contributes to many fatal motor vehicle accidents

Regardless of the warnings, people here in Colorado and elsewhere continue to get behind the wheel after drinking. They risk their lives and the lives of others and could cause fatal motor vehicle accidents that are ordinarily entirely preventable. When that happens, families are torn apart and people lose their lives meaninglessly.

Cause of fatal motor vehicle accident remains under investigation

The Colorado State Patrol investigates numerous accidents on Interstate 25. Determining the factor or factors that led to each of them may be evident from the scene, but others may be more elusive. When the crash involved is a fatal motor vehicle accident, one potential source of information regarding the cause is not available, which could make the investigation take longer.

Can some fatal motor vehicle accidents be prevented?

How often do Colorado residents hear about vehicles traveling the wrong-way on a highway or crossing the centerline on a two-lane road? Sometimes, those involved in these dangerous situations manage to get out alive, but often, fatal motor vehicle accidents result that devastate families and communities throughout the country. These accidents may not happen as often as other types of crashes, but when they do, it is often with devastating results. What if it was possible to prevent a head-on collision?

Investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident could take time

In some crashes, a thorough review of the scene reveals what happened. However, not all accidents are so easy to dissect in the first hours after they occur. This means that a fatal motor vehicle accident could take time for Colorado law enforcement officials to investigate, during which surviving family members must wait to know what happened to their loved ones.

Is speeding worth risking fatal motor vehicle accidents?

Just about everyone who has driven a car has done it -- speeding. The posted speed limits indicate the maximum safe speed of a particular roadway, but that does not stop many Colorado drivers from exceeding those limits. For whatever reason, many people will risk being involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in an attempt to get to their destinations a few seconds faster or to avoid slower traffic.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in Colorado

Otero County was rocked after a single-car accident claimed the life of one teenager and injured another. Colorado State Patrol is still in the process of investigating the accident, which happened on Highway 109. Fatal motor vehicle accidents of this type are sometimes attributed to drug or alcohol use on the part of the driver, but this one is not.

Serious mistake leads to fatal motor vehicle accident

Most Colorado drivers take steps to be sure they do not make any mistakes while on the road. They pay attention, avoid distraction and make sure they do not get behind the wheel after drinking, but other drivers do not always follow these simple rules that help everyone get to their destinations safely. A driver could easily make a serious mistake that results in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Many fatal motor vehicle accidents involve trucks

As you can imagine, a vehicle weighing upwards of 40 tons probably will not stop on a dime or be maneuvered evasively as well as smaller vehicles could. With all of the big rigs traveling the roads here in Colorado and across the country, it may not come as a surprise that out of every eight fatal motor vehicle accidents, one of them involves one of these massive vehicles. When the size and weight of these vehicles is added to the probability of inclement weather and other potential road hazards here in Colorado, it could turn into a recipe for disaster.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents: Head-on crash leaves 1 dead

There are many traffic laws and rules to follow when operating a motor vehicle to ensure the safety of everyone on Colorado roadways. When they are ignored for any reason, fatal motor vehicle accidents can occur. An investigation is currently determining all the factors that may have contributed in a recent tragic car crash.

Marijuana remains a factor in many fatal motor vehicle accidents

Even though many crashes were attributed to drugs prior to the legalization of marijuana here in Colorado, the number seems to have risen. State law indicates that anything over 5 nanograms of THC (marijuana's psychoactive component) per milliliter of blood constitutes driving under the influence of drugs. Even so, many people continue to drive with this level or higher of marijuana in their systems, and it appears to be contributing to the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents occurring in the state.

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