There are approximately 5.7 million people living in Colorado. 60% of the state’s residents live along the Front Range and account for a bulk of the approximately 4.2 million licensed drivers. It makes sense, then, that the number one most dangerous road in Colorado, according to the State Patrol (CSP), is C-470 – with the area between Alameda, Santa Fe, and Jewell seeing the highest number of serious and fatal car accidents.
C-470 is only 27.41 miles long, but it runs through a heavily trafficked portion of the Denver Metro area. Over half of Colorado’s residents live in the Metro area, which includes the counties of Arapaho, Park, Clear Creek, and Gilpin. Many residents from outlying counties commute daily.
I-25 is the second most dangerous road in Colorado according to the CSP, with the area along the Front Range between Erie and Fort Collins seeing the highest number of serious motor vehicle accidents. This is likely due to the high number of commuters in these areas, the severe congestion in between Johnstown and Fort Collins, and the higher speed limit (75 MPH) along this section of I-25.
I-25 is the main north-south interstate in Colorado, accounting for 300 miles of road, much of which is along the Front Range Urban Corridor. CDOT anticipates a population growth of nearly 8 million people by 2040, many along this section of I-25.
The third most dangerous road in Colorado is I-70, the central east-west interstate that sees ski traffic in the winter and outdoor enthusiast travel from the urban corridor year-round. The 50 mile stretch between Eagle and Vail sees the largest number of serious and fatal car accidents yearly, most of which occur during the treacherous winter months.
In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents along I-70, the state has passed a traction law that will require all vehicles traveling along the mountain corridor between September and June to meet one of four criteria:
- 4-Wheel Drive
- All Wheel Drive
- Traction Tires
New in 2019, it is yet to be seen what impact this law will have on accidents along this popular stretch of highway.
Dangerous Mountain Passes
It is no surprise that busy highways and interstates see a number of serious car accidents every year, but many people erroneously believe that less-trafficked mountain passes pose fewer dangers. These areas see fewer accidents not because they are less dangerous, but because they see fewer travelers. They still, however, see several car, truck, and motorcycle accidents every year.
According to 303 Magazine, the most dangerous mountain road and passes in Colorado are:
- Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. 40
- Pikes Peak Highway
- Mount Evans Scenic Byway off of I-70
- Loveland Pass on CO-6
- Golden Belt Scenic Byway on Co RD 102
- Coal Bank Pass on the Million Dollar Highway
- Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. 60
The magazine also lists Imogene Pass and Argentine Pass, but these are accessible by 4WD or AWD only and are not as frequently traveled as the passes and byways on or just off of the larger highways.
What to do If You’ve Been Injured
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident in Colorado, you may be entitled to compensation for related damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, and personal pain and suffering. The best way to learn if you have cause to file suit is through a free, one-on-one consultation with the experienced attorneys at Leventhal Sar LLC. During this complimentary consultation, we will listen to your story, review the details of your accident, and help you understand your options and your rights.
To schedule a free consultation at our Denver office, please call 720-667-3030 today. Located in Cherry Creek, we serve families living throughout the Metro Denver area and along the Front Range Urban Corridor.