Common Causes of Colorado Car Accidents

Car accidents are common, not only in Colorado, but across the U.S. It’s unfortunate, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there is a new accident somewhere in the country every 10 seconds. Many of those car crashes are serious. About 40,000 people a year die in car accidents in the United States — that’s one person every 12 minutes.

The Colorado car accident lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm are devoted to helping the thousands of people in Colorado injured in crashes every year, and the families of those who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents.

Many of our auto accident clients have been involved in crashes caused by distracted, drunk, drowsy or speeding drivers.

1. Distracted driving

Colorado has rightly outlawed texting while driving, a distraction responsible for major car accidents, injuries and deaths. Of course, text messaging while driving isn’t the only activity that distracts drivers.

The American Automobile Association estimates that 25 to 50 percent of serious accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are talking on the phone, chatting with others in the car, eating, doing their makeup or reading.

2. Speeding

Speeding is believed to be the second biggest cause of serious car accidents, depending on which source referenced. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety estimates that 900 speeding drivers die in the U.S. every month.

Driving too fast reduces the amount of time drivers have to respond to obstacles in the road and changes in driving conditions.

3. Drunk driving

Even with increased awareness, law enforcement and stiff penalties, drunk driving continues to be a leading cause of serious car accidents.

Impaired drivers are dangerous. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimates that 300,000 incidents of drunk driving occur every day in the U.S. More than 1.41 million people were arrested for drunk driving in 2010.

Get legal help

While these are the most common causes of serious car accidents, people are hurt every day in accidents with all kinds of different causes. If you have been injured in a car accident, you will likely face mounting medical bills, lost wages and other hardships.

Contact the Colorado car accident lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free case evaluation that will help you understand your legal rights and options.

Experience the advantage of having an experienced and aggressive lawyer on your side!

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