According to traffic safety statistics released by the Colorado State Patrol, there were 302 fatal auto accidents on Colorado roadways in 2017, a 12.3% increase over 2016. When fatalities from accidents involving motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists are added in, that number skyrockets to 631, combining for an 11% increase over 2016.
It’s not all bad news. Auto accidents, in general, are down by nearly 1% and crashes involving nonfatal injury have decreased by 1.2%. But what is behind this spike in fatal auto accidents? And what can you do when someone you love loses their life in one?
Leading Causes of Auto Accidents in Colorado
Distracted driving remains a leading cause of auto accidents in Colorado and throughout the country. As reported in the Denver Post, in a recent CDOT survey an alarming 66% of respondents admitted to distraction from onboard entertainment systems. 33% of respondents admitted to reading messages while operating a vehicle, and 22% admitted to driving while talking on a handheld device.
To be clear, there is no safe level of distraction. Every time you take your eyes and attention off of the road, you place yourself and everyone around you in serious danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3,500 people were killed and another 391,0000 were injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2015, the last year for which full stats are available.
In addition to distraction, some of the top causes of auto accidents in Colorado are:
- Drunk and impaired driving
- Snowy, icy, and wet weather conditions
- Erratic driving behaviors
- Dangerous or improperly maintained roads
- Vehicle malfunction or defect
Interestingly, speeding, while still a factor in many accidents, seems to be a declining concern in Colorado. There were over 6,500 more speeding tickets issued by the State Patrol in 2016 than in 2017 – an 8.8% drop.
Understanding Your Options
When you lose a loved one in an auto accident, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your family against the predatory tactics of insurance companies. They know that if they can get you to settle, you won’t be able to seek additional compensation. Many of these companies have shown a willingness to prey on vulnerable and grieving families in order to protect their corporate profits. This is simply unacceptable.
The Denver auto accident lawyers at Leventhal Sar LLC are here to protect your family from insurance adjusters as we work to establish liability and identify all causes of your loved one’s accident. With this information, we can build a case and fight for your rights, allowing us to do everything possible to secure for you the compensation you deserve.
There is no guarantee of a large jury award, but your chances of fair compensation are greatly increased when you have an attorney on your side. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you, free of cost and obligation, to learn about your situation and discuss how we may be able to help your family get justice.
To schedule your confidential consultation at Leventhal Sar LLC, please call 720.667.3030 today. You can also schedule a free consultation at our Denver office by texting 720-571-7433. Our attorneys serve Metro Denver and all surrounding communities, including those along the I-25 corridor.