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.
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.
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.
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.