Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Colorado

Any number of factors can cause car accidents. When negligence may have been a contributing factor, however, auto collision victims will usually be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.

At Bell & Pollock, P.C., our traffic accident lawyers are skilled at identifying the causes of accidents and determining if and when negligence was involved. Known for being champions of the people, our lawyers are dedicated to helping victims hold all negligent parties accountable for causing accidents so that our clients can maximize their financial recoveries.

Driver Negligence & Auto Accidents

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Some type of human error is a contributing factor in at least 90 percent of all car accidents that occur in the U.S.1 Among these types of human errors, driver negligence is most often to blame for causing auto wrecks. While driver negligence can come in many forms, it most often occurs via:

  • Impaired driving – 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.
  • Distracted driving – 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).
  • Aggressive 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.
  • Careless 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