It is usually not against the law to order a glass of wine while out to dinner and then drive home. Yet even if a driver has a BAC less than the legal limit, a driver's fatigue, prescription medication and other factors can mean even one alcoholic drink before driving is not a good idea.
"It's actually safer to be controlled by a self-driving system during the long stretches of highway. That's where it becomes the most mundane, that's where you get the most fatigue, which plays into accidents."
Not all automobile accidents are cut and dried. Many times, the parties involved in an auto accident will argue over who is actually at fault for the event. Although there are certain cases in which accident liability is easily determined, occasionally other measures of the accident investigation are necessary to properly identify the responsible party.
Each year innocent bystanders are put at risk by the reckless and dangerous behaviors of others. This was exactly the case on a Colorado highway on a Thursday, when two fleeing criminals weaved in and out of traffic, finally colliding with a road barrier.
When traveling on Colorado's roadways, most drivers know to give emergency personnel and workers extra room while on the roadside. The "move over" law which is designed to support this practice requires drivers to give roadside personnel a buffer zone of at least one lane between them and their vehicles. As an ABC affiliate in Denver reports, it was during a traffic stop that one trooper lost her life trying to provide a "move over" buffer to a colleague.
Erratic and reckless driving is not only a hazard to others on the road but to the negligent driver as well. For one Colorado man, reckless driving not only caused death and destruction but landed him in the hospital with a warrant issued for his arrest.
Officers face dangerous situations every day. Even the routine traffic stop can be dangerous when done alongside the speeding cars on a highway. For two Denver officers, a routine traffic stop that turned into a roadside investigation lead to a collision and injuries at the hands of a possible drunk driver.
There is bound to be guilt and remorse felt by a driver after negligent acts cause injury or death to others. Many times these dangerous behaviors impact strangers, passersby or other drivers, but for one Colorado teen, her decision to drink and drive impacted her family and took the life of her own brother.
Although many people may assume that car accidents only happen when the vehicles are moving, wrecks can occur anywhere on the road and at any time. When a vehicle is hit while it is sitting in traffic, the crash can be equally, if not more, devastating because the occupants of the parked vehicle are usually unaware of the other approaching motorist. Sometimes, the head, neck and back injuries associated with these collisions may not manifest until long after the accident, leaving the victim on an even longer road to recovery. A Colorado Springs father and his son may be experiencing these types of injuries after their car was hit by a speeding driver.
Attentive driving and safe roads are important for all Colorado residents. So when an increase in the number of serious and fatal car accidents occurs on a roadway it can be cause for concern.