Colorado Car Accident Statistics
Colorado car accident statistics reveal how often collisions happen in the state – and what the most common causes (and impacts) of these crashes are.
According to the latest data from authorities at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT):
- 632 people were killed in deadly car crashes in 2018.
- 209 fatalities caused by impaired drivers in 2018
- Since 2014, deadly car accidents in Colorado have surged more than 20 percent.
- About 33 percent of all fatal car crashes in Colorado involve at least one drunk driver.
- Drivers’ mistakes and/or reckless actions are the number one cause of car accidents (both in Colorado and across the nation).
- Distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving are the top three motorist errors that cause auto collisions in Colorado.
- Driver inexperience contributes to about 1 in every 5 car crashes in Colorado.
For more findings about the rates, causes and outcomes of car accidents in Colorado, check out more statistics here.
These grim facts about Colorado car crashes are distressing (especially considering many motorist mistakes are completely preventable).
Common Car Accident Causes
Driving Under the influence
When drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (including legal drugs), their perception, judgment and reaction times can all be impaired. In fact, drunk drivers alone hurt someone in a car accident in the U.S. about every 90 seconds. Every day, drunk drivers kill about 28 people in fatal auto collisions.
On the rise in the U.S., distracted driving is another form of driver negligence that can be as deadly and dangerous as drunk driving. This is because, when drivers are distracted, their perception, judgment and response times can be impaired in the same ways as for drunk drivers. What may be more distressing is the fact that distracted driving in the form of texting while driving has been increasing over recent years (in contrast, drunk driving has been on decline largely due to enhanced enforcement, education and penalties).
Speeding and reckless driving
This form of driver negligence can occur as speeding, tailgating, cutting other motorists off, etc. Often associated with violating traffic laws, aggressive driving contributes to nearly 1 in every 3 auto collisions in the U.S., and it often occurs alongside other forms of driver negligence, such as drunk driving.
When motorists fail to be diligent about following traffic laws, paying attention to the road and doing their part to promote roadway safety, such carelessness can lead to car accidents. While driver fatigue can trigger careless driving, so too can driver intoxication or distraction.
Faulty vehicle equipment
When essential vehicle equipment has been poorly designed, improperly installed or negligently maintained, it is far more likely to malfunction. This can lead to serious auto collisions when these malfunctions affect vital vehicle systems, such as the brakes, the ignition system, tires, etc.
Poor roadway conditions
When roads have been poorly designed or constructed, auto accidents can happen. For example, a lack of guardrails, warning signs or even traffic lights can result in poor roadway conditions and devastating auto collisions. Similarly, if roads are not properly maintained (resulting in potholes, objects in the road, etc.), car accidents are also far more likely to occur.
Additional factors that can cause car accidents can include poor weather conditions, transportation companies’ negligence or even unsafe vehicle designs.