Tragedy on Wheels: Preventing Distracted Driver Accidents
A high school basketball phenom lost her life in what was a late-night single-car accident. The investigation is not clear, but many times a teenager driving late at night can get either tired or fatigued. That would be especially true of a girl considered the best in Colorado girl's hoops and who received a posthumous shoutout from Warriors guard Steph Curry. Denver car crash attorneys know that the scene outside of Boulder can be an unfortunately common event. So much effort, then, goes into how to prevent distracted driving in the first place with tips like:
- Put cell phones away;
- Don't eat and drive at the same time; and
- Keep conversations to a minimum
Gaps in Avoiding Distracted Drivers
Fewer pieces of advice are provided for people who are doing the right thing but worried about protecting themselves from others in order to prevent a distracted driving car crash in Colorado in the first place. One place to start might include impaired driving, especially for drivers using alcohol or marijuana.
Similarities and Differences in Impaired vs. Distracted Driving
Lack of attention is the key for identifying drivers who may not be able to pay attention to you on the road. A vehicle that regularly crosses lane dividers or seems to stop abruptly at red lights or stop signs is a good sign that they are going under the speed limit, there could be an issue and you might want to keep them ahead of you or pass them when you are able to do so.
Perhaps more importantly, people who are stuck in the middle or far left, or passing lane, for what seems like forever could similarly be distracted by cell phones. The idea is that they do not have to pay as much attention while they’re using their devices. It could even be highway hypnosis, the condition where people lose track of what they’re doing. Either way, you should find a way to create distance between yourself and these drivers where possible.
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Running Down the Latest Statistics on Colorado Car Crashes
It would be one thing if distracted drivers were relatively few and far between. They’re not. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, one in four Colorado drivers have sent texts while driving in the week prior to a survey and 38 percent talked while on their phone. There are serious concerns and CDOT is looking for messages to post on highway signs to warn people about the dangers of Colorado car crashes as a result of distracted driving. More than 15,000 occurred last year; one concern is whether or not a distracted driver would notice the new signs and messaging.
Get Help with Your Colorado Car Crash Case Today
If you have been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving or any other cause and you want to know more about your potential obligation to pay back your health insurance provider from your settlement or recovery, please call Anderson Hemmat at (303) 782-9999 or start your free case evaluation today.