Driving on Colorado roadways today is one of the most dangerous things we can do. Traffic crashes killed 672 people statewide in 2021 – the highest number of fatalities in two decades — as stated in a Denver Post article. El Paso County leads the list of the counties with highest numbers of crashes. Weather conditions can make Colorado roads hazardous for commuters, particularly out-of-state drivers traveling through the state. Some of the most dangerous stretches in the state are in Colorado Springs.
What Hazards Make Some Colorado Roads More Dangerous Than Others?
Other drivers are the biggest threat on most U.S. roadways. That said, on some Colorado roads, drivers need to be aware of additional hazards, including:
- Treacherous weather conditions, with wild storms, whiteouts from blowing snow, and slick, icy roads
- Winding roads with steep grades that put a strain on your vehicle’s brakes
- Cliff drops along narrow lanes, with one lane traveling in each direction and no guardrails
- Avalanches on some roads, such as Monarch Pass near Salida
- Rock fall or mudslide risk on some mountain roads
Where Are Colorado Drivers Most Likely to Encounter an Accident?
Drivers are likely to encounter crashes on a number of roads in Colorado, particularly during the winter months. Examples of such roads include:
- I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver
- Vail Pass
- I-70 through Glenwood Canyon
- Red Mountain Pass, also known as Highway 550 or the Million Dollar Highway
Colorado Springs has more than its fair share of motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most dangerous roads in the city include:
- West Cimarron Street: The most dangerous intersection in Colorado Springs is at I-25 and West Cimarron.
- North Power Boulevard, also known as Interstate 21: This is a massive commuter road on which many crashes occur.
- North Academy Boulevard: Numerous shopping centers and strip malls on this road have vehicles pulling in and out, making accidents more likely to happen.
- South Academy Boulevard: This is a busy road that provides access to I-25 and schools.
- I-25: The top five most dangerous intersections in the city come off this interstate.
What Precautions Should You Take While Driving Through Colorado?
When you are driving in Colorado, try to take the back roads to avoid the more dangerous routes whenever possible. Stay alert to your surroundings and drive defensively. Do not drive distracted – put your cell phone away until you arrive at your destination. Plan for emergencies. Check the weather forecast and pack your vehicle with essential items before you set out. It goes without saying, for safety’s sake, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What Forms of Compensation Are Available If Someone Else Caused Your Accident?
If you were involved in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation from the responsible parties. You may be entitled to claim economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, property damage, and loss of future earning potential. Injury victims in Colorado may also claim noneconomic damages, the type that are more difficult to quantify with a dollar figure. For example, these damages may include physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, disability, and scarring and disfigurement.
Why Choose The Bussey Law Firm, P.C.?
Our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer can assess the full extent of your losses and pursue every form of compensation available. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we have a successful track record recovering settlements and awards for our injured clients. Founding attorney Timothy Bussey has been voted Top Attorney in Colorado Springs by Colorado Springs Style Magazine for nine years running. Call us at (719) 401-0585 for a free case consultation.