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Distracted driving and its deadly impact

Colorado drivers know the dangers of drunk driving or driving while under the influence. But what about the dangers of distracted driving? Some studies hint that this issue is becoming just as widespread and deadly as DUI-related crashes. In fact, some speculate that it's even more common because distracted driving has less of a social stigma.

Summer fun, deadly roads

While most people in Colorado are likely happy to see the beginning of summer, it is nonetheless a sad fact that summer holidays may see an increase in the number of people killed on roads and highways. There may be many reasons for this such as a general increase in the number of cars on the road. It may also be the nature of some of those trips such as more people driving to and from social events at which alcohol is served. Whatever the reason, the statistics paint a bleak picture.

The alarming truth about Colorado fatal accidents

At the Law Offices of Cliff Enten in Colorado, we understand that a car accident can result in your sustaining catastrophic injuries, up to and including death. We also know that despite continual public awareness campaigns by governmental agencies, the Colorado fatality rate continues to climb.

Recent Ford recall shows potential risk of auto defect

The new car that a proud buyer drives off the lot is not necessarily safe, even though it has had no previous owners. Motor vehicle recalls are a common occurrence across the country. Ford owners in Colorado and elsewhere may be affected by a recently reported defect that could put them or someone else in danger.

What does it mean to be underinsured?

As a Colorado driver, you know that you must have auto insurance in order to legally drive in this state. State law requires you to maintain minimum amounts of insurance coverage in two specific categories. However, if you carry only this minimum mandatory amount of insurance, you will be legal but you may still lack an adequate amount of auto insurance. That is what underinsured means.

What are the most important things to do after a car accident?

If you become involved in a vehicle crash this winter on a snowy or icy Colorado road, you should do – and not do – certain things immediately afterward. Per FindLaw, the most important thing you should do, even if it is a relatively minor accident, is to stay there until law enforcement officials arrive. If you fail to stay, you could face charges of hit-and-run and/or leaving the scene of an accident.

Colorado traffic fatalities rise again in 2017

Colorado’s motorists have good reason to exercise caution when traveling the state’s roadways, as traffic fatalities continued to rise in 2017. While most the state’s traffic deaths occurred in the Front Range, with many happening in and around cities including Denver and Boulder, more rural areas and counties, too, saw an uptick.

What are ‘Dram Shop” laws?

Despite the fact that people are well aware of the risks and consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol, far too many still choose to operate their vehicles after having one too many libations. The number of car accidents that occur as a result of drinking and driving continues to climb year after year, putting innocent people on the roads at risk of suffering a severe injury or worse, a fatality.

When a pedestrian causes a car accident

During the winter season, when snow makes driving conditions difficult and the holidays bring out the revelers in full force, there are many more car accidents in Denver involving pedestrians. Legally, pedestrians have a lot of protection. This is due to the fact that pedestrians who are hit by a motor vehicle are far more likely to suffer from an injury or a fatality than the driver or passengers within the vehicle. There are many circumstances in which pedestrians have the right of way, such as crossing the street at an identified cross walk. However, there are also situations in which a pedestrian may be considered at-fault in an accident. 

Distracted driving highlighted in study

Are you one of the many residents in Colorado who is worried to see drivers obviously texting while behind the wheel despite increasing public awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of this type of behavior? If so, you are not alone. Consumer Reports is also concerned about the ongoing resistance of people to make safe choices when operating motor vehicles.

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