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Common Types of Fatal Car Crashes

The invention of cars has made our lives considerably easier. However, as much as we love our vehicles, there’s no getting around the fact that they are dangerous. Their very size, combined with the fact that they are moving at incredible rates of speed and often piloted by a driver who doesn’t always have their full attention on the road is why there are so many fatal car crashes.

Speeding

There is no getting around the fact that speeding is a major cause of Colorado Springs’s fatal traffic accidents. There are several reasons so many speeding accidents result in fatalities, including:

  • The faster a car is going, the harder the impact during the collision
  • Speeding makes the car difficult to handle
  • Longer braking times aren’t always calculated
  • Speeding often accompanies reckless and distracted driving behavior

Night-Time Accidents

If you drive at night, the odds of you being in a fatal car accident increase. In fact, two-thirds of all the wrong-way accidents in 2020 took place after the sun went down. This number seems to line up with other state and national driving statistics.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association, even though there is usually only half the amount of traffic on the nation’s roads at night, nearly half of all fatal accidents happen between sunset and sunrise. Another interesting point the report mentioned was that 48% of deaths that occurred in fatal auto accidents occurred to passengers who weren’t buckled up and 55% of the seatbelt-less deaths occurred in nighttime accidents. And you wonder why the world has so many car accident lawyers.

Reasons nighttime accidents often result in fatalities include:

  • Wildlife is difficult to see, increasing the odds of wildlife vs. car incidents
  • Less traffic often causes drivers to speed even more than they would during the daylight hours
  • Even though there are fewer drivers on the road, an increased percentage of them are under the influence
  • Visibility is significantly reduced
  • Drivers are tired and/or distracted

Driving Under the Influence

Accidents involving at least one of the drivers being under the influence, particularly the influence of alcohol, are some of Colorado Springs’s most common fatal car accidents.

During the average year, alcohol is responsible for approximately 3.7% of all car accidents in Colorado Springs. As scary as that particular statistic is, it’s not nearly as alarming as the fact that in 2018, alcohol was a contributing factor in 26% of traffic accident fatalities during 2018.

The reason alcohol is connected to so many of the state’s traffic fatalities include:

  • The driver is generally going way too fast
  • The driver is so inebriated that they don’t even realize that they’re about to be involved in an accident and fails to make defensive moves that would lessen the impact
  • Many DUI accidents involve pedestrians

Rear End Collisions

While they may not have the highest fatality rate, rear-end collisions are the most common type of traffic accident in Colorado Springs. According to ADOT, almost half of all the reported traffic accidents in 2019 were rear-end collisions.

Most rear-end collisions happen at a slower rate of speed and actually, take place in parking lots. The most common cause of rear-end collisions is distracted driving, failing to accurately calculate stopping distance, equipment failure, and tailgating.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a huge problem in Colorado Springs, and in most distracted driving cases, the driver was distracted by their phone. Even though there is plenty of evidence showcasing exactly how dangerous using a phone while driving is, drivers throughout Colorado Springs continue to do it.

Just how serious is distracted driving? In 2018, approximately 25% of all the accidents that took place in Colorado Springs were the direct result of distracted driving.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a blanket term that’s used to cover an assortment of things such as weaving in and out of traffic, driving too fast for the road conditions, or failing to drive logically. The problem is that a driver’s reckless driving is unpredictable, other drivers simply don’t know how to react which leads to an accident. It’s not unusual for reckless driving accidents to also involve speeding, distractions, and alcohol.

Driving in Colorado Springs has become more dangerous. 2021 marked a 15-year high in fatal traffic accidents. Losing a loved one in a traffic accident takes a huge toll on your family. Not only have you suffered an emotional loss, but it’s also likely that you have taken a financial hit and are still trying to figure out what to do with the medical bills the accident generated.

We’re an Colorado Springs law firm that understands exactly what you’re going through. We specialize in fatal traffic accidents and have the tools and resources needed to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.

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