According to a recent analysis of accident data, there were more than 560 fatal car accidents in Fort Collins and elsewhere in the state in 2009. That’s serves as a decrease from the approximate 585 that were killed the year before. The decrease in the number of fatalities served as evidence to officials that safe driving campaigns were effective. These campaigns were used in some of the state’s most dangerous driving areas, according to the Daily Record. One of these roadways was nearby, Weld County corridor on Interstate 25 between Denver and Fort Collins.
To help to bring these numbers down, there were also a number of safety campaigns that were used to target drunk drivers, aggressive drivers and speeding drivers. State Patrol officers scattered throughout our roadways during busy travel times and searched out these drivers, stopping them before they caused an accident. Officials also believe that the increase in the number of laws, rules and regulations on the young drivers in the state also contributed to the decrease. Lastly, records indicate that the new location of the trauma center at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland may have played a roll, too. It’s located just miles away from some of the most dangerous roadways in the state.
Our Fort Collins car accident lawyers understand that there may have been a decrease in the number of traffic-accident fatalities, but according to national statistics the number of these kinds of accidents is on the rise. Until we have safe roadways and no one is killed in these accidents, we need to stay awake and alert behind the wheel. Now is no time for us to let our guards down in the driver’s seat. To help to freshen up your driving skills, the Colorado Department of Transportation offers you the following tips:
-Expect the unexpected.
-Pay attention to all road signs.
-Be on the lookout for and obey road flaggers.
-Keep all distractions out of the driver’s seat.
-Obey by all posted speed limits.
-Adjust your driving to compensate for the road, traffic and weather conditions.
-Be patient in traffic and stay calm behind the wheel. Getting agitated does nothing more than increase your risks for an accident.