Driving when there is a lot of traffic on the road or during Colorado's notorious weather changes can be dangerous, but there are also certain days of the year where the chances of getting into a crash increase. These are often holidays, but one of the most dangerous driving days in the year is actually the Monday after the annual switch to daylight saving time, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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.
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.
In Colorado and elsewhere, car collisions and other violent traumas can cause a spinal fracture. A fracture of the spine occurs most often in the mid and lower back, but it may fracture at their connection, called the thoracolumbar junction. Extreme energy is usually required to cause these injuries, such as a car collision or a high fall. A weakened vertebra may also fracture due to osteoporosis or other medical conditions.
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.
Motorcyclists in Colorado might be interested in learning more about some facts and statistics related to motorcycle accidents. State law only require motorcycle riders and passengers aged 17 and younger to wear helmets while in transit. Most states have similar laws, but several have helmet laws that apply to everyone. Only three states have no laws in place that mandate helmet use while riding a motorcycle.
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.
Seven individuals were injured after a crash in Colorado on Nov. 7 when one of two cars that may have been in a street race hit a vehicle in the opposite lane. One racing vehicle left the scene of the accident, and police are searching for the car and its driver.