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.