Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among healthy U.S. citizens. An estimated 2.5 million people are severely injured or permanently disabled every year, from an auto accident. As distracted driving trends arise, the number of motor vehicle accidents are drastically increasing. The most common causes of accidents resulting in death are drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. Statistically most fatal crashes happen during weekends and on holidays.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured. The increase in motorcycle fatalities continues to be a tragic trend over the last few years. It is important for motorists and motorcyclists to share the road responsibly and be mindful of ways they can help prevent auto/motorcycle crashes.
It’s back to school time, which means we’re sharing the road with young pedestrians, young cyclists and school buses, more than any other time of the year. Safety for school aged children requires total awareness from drivers and an understanding of designated school zones. Sharing the road with young students, means sharing the road with school busses. There are important rules and tips that we can all follow to ensure safety on the road for young commuters.
In 2017, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who were texting while driving. That total rose to 4,637 people in 2018. Statistics involving texting and driving are alarming. 1 out of 3 people text while driving and each day 11 teens die in crashes caused by texting and driving. Most would argue that texting and driving is an issue primarily amongst teenage/younger drivers, but according to a poll by teensafe.com, 77% of adults believe they can easily manage texting while driving, while 55% of teens feel the same....
July is National Auto Theft Prevention Month and in 2018 car thefts across the state rose for the sixth consecutive year in a row. Colorado had 21,324 stolen vehicles in 2018, a 9.4 percent increase from the previous year. According to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center, Colorado had a 7.4 percent per capita increase in 2018. The city with the most thefts was Denver and Colorado Springs placed second on the list.
Fourth of July is consistently ranked as one of the deadliest days of the year for DUI crashes. More than half of all motor vehicle crashes that occur during the Fourth of July holiday are alcohol related. August ranks as the deadliest month of the year, with more DUI crashes than any other month. Saturday’s are the riskiest day of the week, with more alcohol-impaired drivers than any other day. Although DUI’s can happen anytime of the year, there are days that are riskier than others. Statistically DUI crashes and deaths spike in the Summer...
Red lights are designed to properly manage traffic and keep drivers and pedestrians safe. Most drivers learn about red lights and stop signs before they ever step behind the wheel and typically adhere to the rules of red lights while driving. Those who don’t follow the rules, typically cause serious accidents with severe injuries. By disregarding red traffic lights while driving, the driver is putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
In January 2014 my Mom and Dad gave me their “Durable Power of Attorney.” This allowed me to work on their finances. They also signed Advanced Medical Directives which gave my sister and me authority to make medical decisions for our parents if they could not.
Tips on Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
The National Association of Ski Areas trade group announced on May 1, 2019, that skier visits in the U.S. increased by nearly 11% over last season with more than 59 million visits. The growth was most dramatic in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Rocky Mountain regions saw skier and snowboarder visits increase by 15.6%. The 2018-19 ski season will go down as fourth best in visitation since 1978. The National Ski Areas Association stated that the Rocky Mountains saw more ski visits than any other region. The visits surpassed 24...