The reality is that you will be in a car accident at least once in your lifetime. In Colorado, there are over 200,000 car accidents every year, and many result in serious injury or death. Here are the top 5 causes of your Colorado car accident that you should know so that you can avoid a mishap on the road.
Failure to Brake
While there's no telling if this will completely avoid an accident, timely applying your brakes will slow the situation down which can greatly reduce the harm caused by a collision. In fact, if you fail to slow your vehicle timely you can be faulted for failing to properly apply your brakes. Crash investigators can tell this from the lack of skid marks on the road.
One of the leading causes of car accidents nationwide, failing to maintain a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you is one of the most common causes of Colorado car accidents. Driving too closely to the motorist in front of you prevents you from avoiding a collision if traffic suddenly slows or stops.
Failing to Yield at an Intersection
Often, the crossroads in Colorado have a stop sign, traffic light or “yield” warning to monitor and control the traffic flow. Failing to yield or stop before entering an intersection means you run the risk of “T-boning” or broadsiding a vehicle with the right of way.
Driving When You Cannot Do So Safely
Driving under the influence of alcohol (and/or drugs) is not only against the law; it is a prime example of unsafely operating a motor vehicle. In addition to alcohol and illicit drugs, motorists can be at fault for driving when they are impaired by prescription medications, fatigue and distractedness (i.e. texting and driving).
Failure to Signal Your Intentions
Whether you are turning the corner or passing through lanes on the highway, signaling your intentions is critical. Failure to warn the drivers around you of your intentions by using your signals is also a very common cause of car accidents. Failing to signal your intentions that results in an accident will almost always lead to liability for a collision.
You should always hire an attorney to represent your interests in a car accident case, especially if the collision results in injury. A knowledgeable attorney like those at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal will defend your rights and help maximize the damages you recover. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience dealing with car accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal for a free consultation at (303) 825-2223 or visit us online.