It is that time of year again here in Colorado. Winter weather could strike at any time, making the roadways even more dangerous than usual. One concern that many drivers have is the potential increase in accidents due to inclement weather. This concern may be even higher when it comes to the possibility of truck crashes.
Media campaigns by Colorado law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups focus on the dangers of texting while driving and drunk driving, as they should. However, one major factor in many fatal motor vehicle accidents does not seem to get the attention it deserves -- speed. The higher the rate of speed, the less control a driver actually has over his or her vehicle, but many people either do not realize that or forget it.
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Here in Colorado, that means that winter weather will be around for a few months. Now would be a good time for a reminder about driving in it since not being prepared could lead to serious and even fatal motor vehicle accidents.
For over a decade, the year 2004 held the record for deaths on the roads of Colorado. Sadly, 2017 broke that record with an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents from the previous year. In fact, since 2014, the percentage of fatalities rose around 29 percent.
A jury will need to answer this question in a case against a truck driver who hit and killed a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol. The fatal accident occurred back in Nov. 2016, and the criminal proceeding is just now going to trial. It will be up to a jury to decide whether prosecutors prove the truck driver's criminal negligence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Colorado tends to attract people who want to enjoy the great outdoors. This not only applies to tourists, but to those who live here as well. Some use the warmer months to get outdoors on their motorcycles. When they do so, they risk becoming involved in motorcycle crashes, which often result in serious or fatal injuries.
Colorado women may not know that as early as 1971, scientists began alerting people that cervical and ovarian tumors removed from women contained talc. Further research studies are divided regarding whether using talcum powder in the genital area causes ovarian cancer. Even so, numerous juries in courts across the country have held Johnson & Johnson liable for the ovarian cancer suffered by women who say they used the company's Baby Powder for years.
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.
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.
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?