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2016 a deadly year in Colorado

Like many people in Colorado, you may once in a while wonder if all of the improvements in automobile safety technology along with stronger laws are actually able to help reduce the number of accidents or, even better, save lives. Certainly both of those things are goals of the efforts made by vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement entities, municipalities and state and federal lawmakers. However, even the most well-intended efforts appear to be ineffective some of the time.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paints a disturbing picture for Colorado when it comes to safety on its roads. In 2015, 547 people lost their lives in automobile crashes. Last year in 2016, that number jumped by 61 to a total of 608. When you stop to think about 608 funerals or memorial services being held, you instantly have a glimpse into how far-reaching the effects of this number can be.

The increase in fatalities spans many accident categories. Spikes in the number of deaths were seen in crashes involving alcohol and large trucks. More pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists also died on Colorado's roads and highways last year than in the prior year. The fact remains that people can still make negligent and reckless choices that kill others regardless of laws or technological and product advances. 

If you would like to learn more about how you or a loved one can get help after a car accident, please feel free to visit the motor vehicle crash assistance page of our Colorado personal injury and accident website.

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