No matter how focused a driver is, passengers can create distractions that cause them to lose focus. A passenger intentionally interfering with the driver is a worst-case scenario, and one that can cause car accidents that have serious consequences.
A terrifying accident left multiple people with injuries after a small white car plowed into the back of a school bus that had children on board. Of the nine students who were riding the bus, on their way to school just before seven in the morning, three of them were injured in the wreck. The accident also left two adults with injuries.
Drivers who are negligent, distracted, or reckless can wreak havoc on the roadways. Other motorists and pedestrians are at the mercy of drivers who don't obey the laws or pay attention to their driving, as these drivers can cause car accidents that may have life-changing consequences for those involved. Sometimes the accidents and the injuries they cause are minor, but a legal professional may still need to be involved to be sure that any injured party receives compensation for damage, medical bills, or possibly even pain and suffering.
Car accidents can turn families' lives upside down, especially when they lose a loved one. That became clear recently in Fort Collins when an innocent passenger lost her life in a fatal crash. The driver is being held responsible, although police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the car accident.
If a person smokes a joint then gets in his car to make a quick run through a McDonald's drive-through, is he putting other drivers in danger? Or is driving while under the influence of marijuana safe compared to drunk driving? This is what officials in places like Colorado, where some level of marijuana use is legal, are trying to figure out.
It may seem like a myth or urban legend, but many accidents occurring during the winter time do not involve another vehicle. In fact, they commonly involve contact with the elements (instead of another driver). Many of our posts this winter have focused on the dangers of black ice, and the growing conversion of the urban legend is ample reason for this.
People across Colorado are both eco-conscious and want increased fuel economy in their vehicles. Many people have demanding increased fuel economy and more options in their vehicles over the past decade, and car manufacturers have taken note. In an effort to bring the fuel standards that both the Environmental Protection Agency and consumers are demanding, manufacturers have developed smaller, subcompact cars, with excellent fuel economy.
Colorado drivers and cyclists are likely aware that they need to learn how to share the road to avoid any tragic accidents. Car accidents involving bicycles can often have tragic consequences. A 46-year-old cyclist was fatally injured recently as he was riding near Windsor. Unfortunately, the driver who struck him fled the scene. If the driver is ever located, the loved ones of the decedent may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against him or her.
Growing public sentiment against driving drunk or stoned could help the future of a bill intended to increase the mandatory penalties levied against Colorado's impaired drivers. Currently, people who are driving under the influence when they cause fatal car accidents do not necessarily spend any time in jail. Around 24 cases in the previous decade resulted in probation, not jail time, for the offender.