Common Causes of Car Accidents In Greeley
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality in and around the Weld County area. At Cannon Law, we have extensive experience helping clients secure compensation in the aftermath of sustaining car accident injuries caused by the actions of other drivers. Here, our Greeley car accident attorneys examined the most common causes of these incidents in our area.
How Often Do Greeley Car Accidents Occur?
Data from the Colorado Department of Transportation shows us that there were more than 6,000 total traffic collisions in Weld County during the latest reporting year. Out of these collisions, there were 53 total fatalities and more than 1,600 injury crashes. There are many of these crashes in Greeley, and they often revolve around driver negligence.
Failure to Follow Traffic Laws
All too often, car accidents occur because a driver in Greeley or Weld County fails to follow traffic laws. In most cases, these freeway and surface road accidents revolve around a driver. Below are some of the most common causes of vehicle accidents:
- Operating too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way to other vehicles
- Not stopping at a red lights or stop sign
- Failing to use their turn signal at appropriate times
The Colorado DOT recorded many instances of auto accidents being caused by distracted drivers resulting from human error during the latest reporting year. Specifically, they stated that many of these crashes were caused by technology:
- Talking on the phone
- Reading or sending text messages
- Browsing social media or the internet
- Looking at or adjusting a GPS device
- Adjusting the radio
Other causes of distracted driving include talking to others in the vehicle, eating or drinking, applying makeup, reaching for items in the vehicle, etc. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a driver who is going 55 mph that is sending or receiving a text message takes their eyes off the road for about five seconds, which is enough time to cover the length of an entire football field – blindly.
Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs are dangerous on the roadway. Impaired and drunk driving accidents often operate too fast for conditions, fail to stop at appropriate signals, and weave into other lanes of traffic. During the latest reporting year in Weld County, there were 176 total DUI crashes that resulted in injuries, and three people lost their lives.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available for These Cases?
Victims who are injured in a Greeley car crashes may be entitled to various types of compensation for their losses. At Cannon Law, we recognize that every case is different, and the total amount of compensation a victim is awarded will depend on the factors surrounding their particular incident. However, we regularly help clients secure:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the crash
- Their lost wages if they cannot work
- Emotional distress damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Recovery of property damage expenses
In these cases, it will be vital to prove the liability of the other driver involved. We have the resources necessary to do this and will work to prevent the other side from shifting the blame onto you. When you need a Greeley car accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (970) 471-7170.