When a driver hits the open road while relaxed and alert, their patience makes them much safer drivers than anybody who is behind the while upset or rushed.
Rear-end crashes have become more common largely as a result of distractions behind the wheel. These crashes usually happen when two vehicles are traveling in the same direction but the rear vehicle does not slow or stop soon enough to avoid an impact with the leading vehicle. This may be because a driver was texting, talking to someone in their vehicle, eating or because of many other factors.
Multi-vehicle crashes are some of the worst auto tragedies, because there are numerous impacts that occur. One victim could be hit several times, which means that it's more likely that they'll have severe injuries.
A head-on crash is one of the worst. In a head-on collision, the two vehicles hit while traveling forward toward one another. This multiplies the force involved in the collision. Even if one vehicle is parked or moving slowly at the time of the crash, the nature of this type of collision means that certain serious injuries are more likely.
After a motor vehicle collision, it can be hard for you to even think about getting into a vehicle again. You are still upset about what happened, and you want to make sure that the negligent driver doesn't harm any other people.
It's not uncommon for most drivers to get into a car accident at some point in their lives. However, most people try to do all that they can to avoid causing one. When someone makes a deliberate choice that leads to a crash, such as speeding or texting and driving, that person could face criminal charges. One recent crash here in Colorado resulted in charges for one man after authorities say he caused a serious accident and was intoxicated at the time.
You were driving home when you saw an unusual flicker in the corner of your eye. By the time you looked over to see what it was, the headlights of the vehicle were colliding with your passenger-side door. You didn't have time to do anything to prepare for the crash.
The first week of daylight saving time is always a time for Colorado residents to be more careful on the road. The reason is that the loss of one hour of sleep makes everyone drowsy, raising the risk for crashes. In fact, a study published in Current Biology has found that there are 6% more fatal car crashes in the U.S. during the first week of DST. An estimated 28 more fatal crashes occur in this week each year, and many more that do not end in death likely occur as well.
Many Colorado drivers are excited about the potential for increased safety presented by many newer vehicle technologies. Systems like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist have developed out of the research into autonomous driving. They make it possible for cars to sense distance from those ahead and stay in their lanes. These technologies have significant potential to make the roadways safer, making accidents less likely. However, some road safety advocates warn that such promising technologies may actually increase the risk of dangerous collisions when they're used improperly.
As a resident of Colorado, you don't have to wonder if you'll come face-to-face with inclement weather this winter season. You know that it will happen, it's just a matter of when.