2017 was not a good year for fatal car crashes in Colorado. In 2017, there were 616 traffic fatalities – even higher than in previous years. In fact, over the last 2 years the number of traffic fatalities has increased 11%, with the majority of the accidents occuring in Adams, Weld, and El Paso counties. Among all the cities in Colorado, Denver had the deadliest roads with 44 traffic fatalities this year alone.
What Caused the Increase in Traffic Fatalities in Colorado?
Safety officials have concluded that the increase in traffic fatalities were related to three main things: Speed, seat belt use, and driving impaired.
- Speeding – speeding contributes to roughly 30% of all traffic related fatalities and the NHTSA estimates that it costs our society $40.4 billion. Young males are the most likely to engage in speeding while driving. When drivers go above the posted speed limits, they often take chances, follow too closely behind other vehicles, and fail to react in emergency situations. They may run red lights, weave in and out of traffic, or simply fail to stop in time because of their excessive speed.
- Seat Belt Use – there was a 14% increase in the number of people who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of their accidents. Seat belt use is one of the best ways to protect yourself in an accident. Among drivers over the age of 21, those were were speeding were also more likely not to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash (77%).
- Driving Impaired – using drugs and alcohol while driving is a dangerous and often fatal mistake. Alcohol impairment resulted in nearly a third of all traffic fatalities. In addition, there was a 20% increase in people who were impaired at the time of their fatal car accident. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities involving a driver with a BAC of 0.08 g/dl or higher. This accounted for 28% of the fatal accidents that year.
What to Do if You are Injured in an Accident
If you are injured in an accident because of another driver’s carelessness or recklessness, it is important to know all of your legal options. You have a right to collect compensation for damages, including lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always on your side – even if you were not the one who caused the accident. Their main objective is to pay you as little as possible. That’s why it is so important to have an attorney on your side from the very start. Your attorney will be able to negotiate with insurance companies while you are recovering and protect your rights to compensation.
Immediately after your accident, be sure you call 911 and seek medical care. Even if you do not believe that you are injured, it is best to be treated by a medical professional. Many injuries can take hours to fully become realized. As such, it is important to go to the emergency room for a complete evaluation. In addition to getting medical attention, calling 911 will alert the police to the accident scene. This will enable the police to write a report. This accident report will help your attorney establish negligence clearly and is a crucial part of the process.
If you are not badly injured, consider taking pictures of the accident scene, the damages to your car, and your injuries. If you are able, gather the names and numbers of any eye witnesses. This will help your attorney build a case that is designed to collect maximum compensation and establish fault.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys NOW!
As soon as you are able, it is important to contact an experienced Denver car accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to fight for your rights and protect your future along the way. Time is critical, so don’t delay. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.