The National Safety Council compiles all kinds of nationwide statistics about traffic accidents, and is therefore able to spot trends. For example, the NSC reported that in the first half of 2015, the number of serious injuries resulting from car crashes increased 30 percent over the same period in 2014. The number of deaths-about 19,000-represented a 14 percent increase. This upward trend in both injuries and fatalities includes causes such as drunk driving, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use. However, there is another reason for car crashes.
Whether it is beer, wine or an assortment of trendy cocktails, alcohol is served in various forms at most adult parties, and especially at New Year's Eve celebrations.
There is always a risk on the road. Driving around Boulder one faces a wide range of hazards: roadwork, distracted drivers and the upcoming winter. To make it more dangerous, November is also the peak season for car and deer collisions. The majority of animal collisions happen on highways but deer will also hop through dark city streets and underneath the streetlights.
There are few debates as heated and complex as weighting social responsibility versus individual freedom. Just because something can be controlled, does that mean it should be? If the controller is a business, is it in their best interest to turn a function off when it could be making them money? If a customer is paying for a product, can the provider turn it off on them?
Colorado residents might benefit from learning the results of a recent study on driver behavior, distraction and accident risk. The study, conducted by Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, focused on the impact of short distractions while driving.
In the last several years, sleep deprivation has led to approximately 55,000 car accidents per year throughout the nation, resulting in an average of nearly 1,500 vehicle-related deaths and 40,000 injuries, according to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Besides a lack of sleep, other factors can lead to drowsiness and fatigue for Colorado drivers.
A fatal two-car motor vehicle accident on the night of March 6 in central Aurora left one man dead and another with minor injuries. Investigators believe that alcohol may have played a significant role in causing the deadly crash.
One person was killed and two more injured in a head-on collision near Penrose in Southern Colorado on Feb. 24. One of the vehicles involved in the crash ended up in flames after the collision.
Individuals who have been involved in a car accident in Colorado may have suffered from a condition known as whiplash, which is a generic term for injury caused by a sudden jot that affects a person's neck. The injury is also commonly associated with sports, work and fall injuries.
Drunk driving refers to anyone who drives with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. California has a legal limit for both drivers above and below the legal drinking age. The BAC of an individual varies based on the height and weight of that person and how quickly his or her body metabolizes the alcohol. A person who drives drunk has problems concentrating on the road and paying attention to other vehicles.