Insurance company underwriters estimate the average person will suffer a car accident once every 17 years. That translates to four or five accidents over the course of a person’s lifetime. Despite how reassuring that sounds, traffic accidents are up sharply over the last three years, both nationally and in Colorado. In fact, only three other states have more fatalities per accident than Colorado. So who – and what – are responsible for those accidents?
Dangerous Types of Drivers
Since the birth of smartphones a decade ago, distracted driving has been the leading cause of car accidents. Perhaps not surprisingly, younger drivers – those under 20 – are much more likely to drive distracted than anyone else. Worse still, Centers for Disease Control research reveals that teenage drivers who admit to texting while driving are more likely to drive without a seatbelt, and drive under the influence.
Another side effect of distracted driving is road rage. Nearly half of all road rage incidents – 49 percent – begin as a response to a distracted driver. Getting cut off in traffic is another way to kick off a road rage incident since it contributes to 44 percent of those incidents. After hitting an annual low in June, road rage incidents peak in September.
Despite tightening state laws, increased public awareness and the harsh social stigma attached to it, drunk drivers remain a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents and the primary cause of traffic fatalities. A third of people arrested for DUIs are repeat offenders. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the scariest time to be out on the road is between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings, when two out of three fatal accidents involve alcohol.
Speeders are perhaps the most common threat on the road, which is why they are still the second-leading cause of all traffic accidents. Roughly a third of fatal accidents are pegged to driving too fast for the conditions.
Other Factors That Drive Traffic Accidents
Sometimes, it can be the less obvious the issues that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. It can be the fatigue that is worn down a truck driver at the end of a day who has put in more hours than he should. It could be the poorly maintained vehicle that rear-ends someone because the driver has not checked the brakes since he bought the car. It could also be the driver who is unfamiliar with a certain area and runs an intersection because he did not see (or look for) that Stop sign.
Just because someone was not impaired or angry does not mean they did not do anything wrong. Negligence can take many forms, and not all of them are readily apparent. If you have been hurt in a car accident because of a distracted driver, a drunk driver or someone who was simply driving too fast, we are here to help you in the aftermath! Contact one of our Colorado personal injury lawyers before it is too late for your claim. Call Burg Simpson directly at 720-500-5995 or schedule your free consultation right now!