Distracted driving is a common cause of auto accidents. However, according to a new survey, Colorado drivers are more distracted than previous years. This can lead to dangerous roadways and injuries.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), a new survey revealed that nearly a quarter of Colorado drivers admitted to reading text messages, emails or social media posts while driving. In addition to the 22 percent of people who said they had read something on their phone while driving, the survey revealed that 15 percent of respondents said they had written something on their phone while behind the wheel, and more than 60 percent said they selected entertainment on their phones, radio or CD players while driving.
In 2015, there were 68 traffic deaths and more than 15,000 crashes involving a distracted driver in the state of Colorado alone. Despite these frightening statistics, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, Darrell Lingk, is confident that the new survey will help design and implement new traffic safety campaigns to address these kinds of dangerous behaviors.
Distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of serious auto accidents all over the United States. Distracted driving can include various activities, such as:
- Talking on the phone
There are things you can do to help reduce the incidence of distracted driving, including:
- Put your phone away while behind the wheel
- Reduce distractions while someone is driving
- Notify the proper authorities when it is safe to do so if you see someone texting, reading or partaking in any other distracting activity while driving
However, despite your best efforts, auto accidents still can and do happen. That’s where an experienced auto accident attorney comes into play. Our team of litigators at Leventhal Sar LLC have the knowledge and skill necessary to help fight for your rights. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can help.
If you’re in the Aurora area and would like to discuss your auto accident case with our lawyers, give our office a call at 720.667.3030 to schedule your initial consultation.