How many times have you driven down I70 and been cut off by an aggressive or distracted driver? How many times have you sat in rush hour traffic on I25 because of an accident or maybe even two! If you’ve ever wondered: “How bad are Colorado drivers?”, you’re not alone. Although not quite ranked the worst drivers in the nation, a recently released study shows that Colorado definitely has a large number of bad drivers.
In regards to speeding, traffic crashes, and traffic fatalities, Colorado ranked 8th worst in the nation. Utah weighed in as the state with the worst drivers, and Rhode Island has the best. Contributing to Colorado’s ranking were its high numbers of traffic citations, drunk driving incidents, and car accidents.
According to QuoteWizard, the internet marketing service that compiled the statistics, factors such as the ones mentioned above can really escalate car insurance premiums for unfortunate motorists who share the road with some of the nation’s worst drivers.
The website for the Colorado Department of Transportation states that 557 people died in Colorado car accidents through November 2016. In Larimer County alone, 38 people have been killed in crashes. That number has gone up almost every year since 2011, according to coroner’s office records and Coloradoan archives. The CDOT reports an increase of 12 percent.
The ten states that rounded out the bottom of the list of worst drivers in the nation include:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
Ranking driver quality can be a subjective task, and most studies rely on insurance claims and fatalities to compile rankings. However, QuoteWizard wanted to look more at the everyday traffic violations that can make driving hazardous to your health.
Colorado ranked 11th worst in the nation for DUIs, 10th worst in the nation for speeding tickets, and first in the nation for traffic citations. Some of the most commonly cited traffic violations include running red lights, failure to use a turn signal, and driving without a seatbelt.
Executive director for the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Carole Walker reports that the state is seeing a substantial increase in the number of auto insurance claims and the costs of paying those claims. She says that Colorado ranks fourth among states in regards to increases in claims for physical damage and second in regards to increased claim costs.
While some of that may have to do with weather events, such as hail, much of it can be attribute to a general increase in population which inherently comes with more bad drivers.
If you want to know where the best drivers are located, the top ten best driving states looks like this:
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Avoid Car Accidents by Following These Tips
Although not all car accidents are avoidable, many truly are. If you wish to avoid being involved in a car accident this year, consider following these important tips.
- Never Drink and Drive – drunk driving is not only illegal but also deadly. Always plan to have a designated driver or call an Lyft if you plan to drink at night.
- Never Drive Under the Influence of Drugs – even though Colorado legalized marijuana, it is never okay to drive under the influence of drugs. Driving while high can significantly decrease your reaction time, making it more likely you get into an accident.
- Put Your Cellphone Away – cellphones are a major source of distraction for drivers. In order to avoid temptation, put your cellphone out of reach – in a glovebox or in your purse. That way you will not be tempted to text and drive.
- Have Your Car Inspected Regularly – having your car inspected regularly is a great way to avoid potentially fatal accidents. Your mechanic can ensure that you have adequate tread left on your tires, that your brake pads aren’t worn, and that your car is working safely.
Contact Our Experienced Denver Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, we can help. Our experienced car accident lawyers understand how difficult this time can be for you and your family and we work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you need to pay medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.