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.
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.
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.
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.
A two-car crash in Colorado ended in injury to four individuals after a sedan crossed into oncoming traffic, striking an SUV on Colo. 60 on Nov. 13. According to police, the accident investigation was ongoing at the time of the report.
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.
A 17-year-old driver accused of causing a recent crash in Black Forest that killed two other teenagers is facing criminal charges. On Sept. 5, a judge decided that the 17-year-old driver will be tried as a juvenile after speculation that he might be tried as an adult.
It was around 5:39 p.m. on Aug. 22 when a 71-year-old truck driver in Colorado lost control of his trailer and spilled a load of sand onto two vehicles. An additional three vehicles crashed at the site from behind the pile up. While trying to make an eastbound turn onto Baseline Road from the northbound Foothills Parkway, the truck driver swerved into oncoming westbound traffic. After negotiating the traffic maneuver unsuccessfully, the semi turned over on its side and released the load of sand it was hauling.