Crash-related fatalities in our state for 2017 were up by 5% from the previous year. This follows a disturbing upward trend every year since 2011, when car crash fatalities in the state totaled 447 for the year.
While it’s true that the population of our state has increased in recent years, it is not solely to blame for the rise in crash-related deaths. In fact, Colorado had the exact same number of traffic fatalities (642) in 2003, when the population was lower, as we did in 2017.
The groups of people who have died due to crashes have not risen at the same rates since 2011 and in some cases, particular groups, like motorcyclists, make up a smaller percentange of the crash-related fatalities now than they did in 2011. A study by the Colorado Department of Transportation showed that
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 1.8% of those killed were cyclists, while in 2017, that percentage was 2.5% (a .7% increase);
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 10.5% of those killed were pedestrians, while in 2017, that percentage was 14.5% (a 4% increase);
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 17.4% of those killed were motorcyclists, while in 2017, that percentage was 15.9% (a 1.5% decrease);
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 19.2% of those killed were passengers, while in 2017, that percentage was 18.1% (a 1.1% decrease);
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 43.6% of those killed were drivers under the age of 65, while in 2017, that percentage was 40.3% (a 3.3% decrease); and
- Of the fatalities in 2011, 7.4% of those killed were drivers over the age of 65, while in 2017, that percentage was 8.7% (a .7% increase).
It is important to note that some variations can be so slight as to make them not statistically significant, or as if there were no variation between years at all.
The uptick in roadway fatalities in our state may be explained by increased risky behavior behind the wheel: the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit organization which aims to reduce preventable deaths, points to survey data showing how many drivers engage in dangerous behavior behind the wheel: 64% of drivers are comfortable speeding, 47% text while driving, 13% drive under the influence of marijuana, and 10% admit to driving after consuming too much alcohol.
Unfortunately, the statistics show that if you travel in Colorado, you are more likely now than you were in recent years to be injured or killed in a crash. If you are hurt in a crash in Colorado, don’t let yourself be victimized a second time by dealing with the insurance company without representation: contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. to schedule your complimentary consultation by calling 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.