At Donaldson Law, LLC, our car accident attorneys in Denver know that the types of crashes that can occur on our Colorado roadways know no bounds when negligence is a factor. Unfortunately, negligence can come in many forms, including two of the most frequent behaviors that cause tens of thousands of accidents, countless injuries, and over one-third of our country’s traffic collision fatalities throughout the country each year: Speeding and distracted driving. Like most states, our Colorado Department of Transportation Safety Initiatives focuses on ways to eliminate distracted driving on our roadways. However, speeding is still the preeminent cause of over 27% of traffic fatalities, accounting for nearly 9,400 deaths last year throughout the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving, while incredibly dangerous, was responsible for lesser than a third of the country’s speeding deaths, totaling 2,841 fatalities last year. Our auto accident lawyers in Denver know that when traffic collisions occur at high rates of speed, the impact can be devastating. The question is, how can we help drivers observe speeds that are safe for the conditions, like curved or icy roads, and in the areas in which they are traveling, including school zones and residential neighborhoods? At Donaldson Law, LLC, our Denver personal injury attorneys have a few tips to help us all get to and from where we are going at safe speeds.
Obey Our Colorado Speed LimitsSpeed limits change depending on where you are driving in Colorado and are higher on the interstate than they are inside the city, which is designed to keep drivers safe while traveling at a consistent speed. The reason most people speed is not because they are responding to an emergency. It is simply because they are late, impatient, or both. To avoid placing yourself and other drivers on our roadways in danger, consider the following tips that will allow you to obey the speed limit and arrive at your destination safely.
- Leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare, so you are not rushing through traffic to make it to work, school, or an appointment on time.
- Do not tailgate the driver in front of you to get them to speed up.
- Use cruise control to avoid speeding.