Common Causes of Car Accidents in Denver
Vehicle accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in Denver. This is a crowded area, with plenty of local and out-of-state drivers. While there are numerous causes of car accidents in this area, these incidents are often caused by the negligence of other drivers. At our law firm, our Denver car accident lawyers want to review some of the most common ways we see these incidents arise.
Denver Car Accidents Have Various Causes
When we turn to statistics from the Colorado Department of Transportation, we can see that there were more than 22,000 total traffic collisions during the latest reporting year in Denver County. Unfortunately, many of these incidents were caused by the negligence actions of other drivers.
Failure to Follow Traffic Laws
Just about every car accident involves one or more drivers failing to follow a Denver County traffic law. The team at Cannon Law regularly helps clients who have been injured because another driver:
- Was operating too fast for conditions
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Failed to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign
- Followed another driver too closely
- Failed to use a turn signal
Operating While Distracted
Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and encompasses a wide variety of behaviors. Anytime a driver takes their focus off of the roadway, they are risking the lives of themselves, their passengers, and those in vehicles around them. Some of the most common distractions for drivers include technology. Specifically, this behavior often includes texting while driving, talking on the phone, browsing social media, taking selfies, changing a song, and more. Other distractions inside a vehicle include eating or drinking while driving, applying makeup, reaching for items in the vehicle, or talking to others in the vehicle.
Operating While Impaired
Impaired driving is a major problem in and around the Denver County area. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 762 total DUI crashes during the latest reporting year in the county, and these incidents led to nearly 450 injuries and eight fatalities. Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs pose a serious threat to everybody on the roadway.
Driving While Fatigued
Drivers regularly operate their vehicles while they are fatigued. What most people do not realize is that fatigued driving is just as dangerous as impaired driving and distracted driving. If a driver falls asleep behind the wheel for even a split second, they are likely to be involved in driving accidents. Fatigued drivers are much more likely to cross into oncoming traffic or run other vehicles off the roadway.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Secure for This Case?
If you or somebody you love has suffered a personal injury in an auto accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, the team at Cannon Law wants to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Every Denver car accident will differ, and the total amount of compensation awarded depends on the specific factors related to each incident. However, we regularly help clients obtain the following:
- Coverage of all crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits if they cannot work
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
If you need help with an accident, contact our Denver motor vehicle accident attorneys. Our law firm offers free consultations for injury cases. Please complete our online form for additional information, or call us at (970) 471-7170.