A new study is raising the alarm about the threat posed by distracted driving in Colorado. The research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit organization funded by insurance companies, compared distracted driving surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018. Of course, self-reported surveys are always vulnerable to errors and omissions, especially underreporting of known dangerous behavior. Still, many drivers admitted to being distracted while operating their vehicles, including using their mobile phones.
Snow, ice and whiteout conditions can make driving during the winter very hazardous. Drivers are advised to use as much caution as possible when traveling in or through states like Colorado that experience this type of weather. Fortunately, some new technologies are helping make the roads safer during winter. One is enhanced traction control, which helps keep the vehicle gripped to the road when accelerating or braking.
Drivers in Colorado may encounter dangers when they least expect them. While many people think that a clear day is not a likely time to encounter problems with poor visibility, sun glare can present a major danger on the roads, especially during the morning and afternoon rush-hour drives. This is particularly dangerous when the visibility issues created by bright sunlight combine with negligent or distracted driving. However, people can take steps to protect themselves while driving facing the bright rays of a rising or setting sun.
The recreational use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2012, which has given researchers plenty of time to find out how rolling back drug prohibitions affect road safety. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health in August 2017 found that marijuana legalization had not led to a surge in traffic accident fatalities in Colorado, but researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say that the number of accidents in the state has increased significantly.
In Colorado and across the U.S., the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks continues to rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report summarizing the 2017 car crash data that it collected through its Fatality Analysis Reporting System. It appears that large truck crash deaths were the only type of vehicle crash death that saw an increase.
Colorado residents who wish to avoid being involved in a distracted driving accident should avoid taking trips between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to a study published recently by the workforce management firm Motus. After reviewing traffic accident and insurance data, the Boston-based company found that American drivers are most likely to be distracted during the afternoon hours. Researchers also came to the worrying conclusion that vehicles with distracted drivers behind the wheel cover 107 million miles each year.
Determining who was negligent and to what degree is one of the most important steps in filing an auto accident claim. Negligence is the failure to act as a reasonable person would in a given situation, so negligent acts can result from thoughtless or careless conduct. Those who cause an accident out of negligence may not have intended to injure others, but they are still liable.
Drowsy driving is a pervasive problem in Colorado and around the country. It is important for people to avoid driving when they are fatigued to reduce the risk that they will cause accidents.