Colorado Car Accident Attorney
In 2016, more than 600 people died on the roadways of Colorado—a figure that was up 11 percent from 2015, and the highest number in more than a decade. The year before, in 2015, 547 people died in the state, up 11.7 percent from 2014. Of the deaths from auto collisions in 2016, 84 of those were pedestrians, 16 were bicyclists, and 125 were motorcyclists. While calling it an “emerging crisis,” CDOT officials were unsure about the cause of the increasing number of auto accident fatalities. If you find yourself in a difficult situation after an accident, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Colorado car accident attorney for help right away.
It was speculated that a particularly low number of motorists wore safety belts over the past two years, motorcyclists were less likely to wear helmets, and more and more drivers were engaging in impaired and distracted driving. Although the nationwide number of traffic fatalities also rose in 2015 and 2016, those increases were not nearly as high as Colorado’s numbers. Colorado’s motorcycle fatalities have risen as much as 50 percent over the past few years; officials believe this is due to motorcyclists’ refusal to wear helmets and other safety gear.
Nationwide, more than 33,000 people die each year in automobile crashes. While most auto collisions involve two vehicles, a certain percentage involve motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Those who are walking, bicycling, or riding a motorcycle have little to no protection in the event of an auto accident, therefore are much more likely to sustain serious injuries or be killed.
Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Distracted driving has moved up quickly over the past few years, and many experts believe it is now the top cause of auto accidents. As a nation of multi-taskers, we have taken those behaviors behind the wheel of our vehicles. We eat entire meals, talk to passengers, turn around to hand something to a child in the back seat, talk or text on our cell phones, fiddle with the radio or GPS, and even read, put on makeup or change clothes, all while driving.
As you can imagine, this level of distraction makes it much more likely that auto accidents will occur. Unfortunately, there is no “test” for distracted driving like there is for impaired driving. Further, few drivers will readily admit they smashed into the car in front of them because they were texting a friend, so it is impossible for officials to know just how often distraction causes auto accidents. Other common causes of auto accidents include:
- Impaired driving;
- Reckless or aggressive drivers;
- Failure to signal intention;
- Inclement weather;
- Debris in the road;
- Animals in the road;
- Excessive speed;
- Drivers who ignore traffic signs and signals, and
- Flawed road design.
Contact Our Colorado Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Colorado car accident lawyer today. With nearly a decade helping victims and families in Denver and throughout the State of Colorado, Saira Malik has the experience you need to win any case. Call today at 303.814.8810 and come in for a FREE CONSULTATION to start building your case and reclaiming your future.