Colorado residents will likely not be surprised to learn that 40 percent of teens admit to sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel, but they may be concerned about some other risky behavior that younger drivers have engaged in. A study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security on March 16 reveals that teens admit to activities such as changing clothes, completing homework and putting on makeup while driving.
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.
A 40-year-old Fort Collins man planning to compete in the Boulder Ironman triathlon was the victim of an accident on June 14, 2014. The collision, which occurred in Loveland at the intersection of North Taft Avenue and 29th Street, occurred when a 72-year-old woman from Iowa driving a white Mazda turned in front of the bicyclist. An app on the man's smartphone indicated he was riding at approximately 26 mph just before colliding with the car. He was traveling in the bike lane, and the traffic light was green, according to reports.
Colorado residents may be interested to hear that Toyota has been found 60 percent at fault for a 2006 fatal car crash. The man who caused the crash said that his 1996 Toyota Camry accelerated on its own and would not stop before slamming into the rear of another vehicle. As a result of the collision, the man driving the other vehicle and his 9-year-old son were killed.
Some Colorado residents may have been involved in truck accidents. According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,921 people killed in such crashes in 2012 throughout the country. This represented a 4 percent increase in the number of fatalities related to truck accidents in 2011.
Some coffee drinkers in Colorado might have to reevaluate how they brew their morning cup. On Dec. 23, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Keurig Green Mountain was recalling over 6.6 million coffee makers in the United States. The coffee makers affected by the recall are the K10 Mini Plus Brewing Systems that were sold in Canada and the U.S. from 2009 to 2014. The coffee makers were sold both online and in stores.
Regardless of how careful a manufacturer is in producing a safe product, it may be liable for injuries sustained while using that product. However, it may be difficult to prove in court that a defective product was the main cause of an individual's injuries. In some cases, this is because it may be impossible to provide the defective product to be examined.
Distracted driving occurs when individuals take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or minds off handling the vehicle. Activities that can cause an individual to become distracted include conversing with someone in the car, texting, eating and using technology that is built into their vehicle. Reading and sending text messages is considered to be the most dangerous form of distraction since it requires the use of the mind, eyes and hands. Residents of Colorado should take note of the following statistics in order to be aware of what drivers should avoid doing.
On Nov. 18, a man driving a stolen car ran the red light at a major intersection in Colorado Springs, causing a four-vehicle crash, according to authorities. Three people were injured in the collision. Police say the driver of the stolen car was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. The man was taken into custody and held on $10,000 bond on a range of charges, including vehicular assault and DUI.