Colorado takes up a total of 104,185 square miles, so there’s no shortage of places to be in the Centennial State. Interstate highways, such as I-70 and I-25, and smaller roadways help locals and visitors get to where they’re going, but these roads bring the potential for both danger as well as travel opportunities.
Whether you’re driving your family through downtown Denver in a new sedan or enjoying the freedom of riding a motorcycle along Independence Pass, safety should always be a top priority.
Unfortunately, roadway accidents are a common occurrence; in fact, 1 in every 33 Colorado drivers will be involved in a crash this year. Depending on the severity of the accident, these drivers will suffer anything from a negligible dent in their bumper to a tragic loss of life.
For the safety of yourself and others on the road, you should get to know more of the statistics behind these roadway accidents. For example, when it comes to car accidents, 60 lives per year could be saved simply by buckling up when going for a ride. Wearing a seatbelt is a quick and easy routine that makes a big difference.
For those who love the feeling of cruising down the road on a motorcycle, it’s important to know that motorcycles are 37 percent riskier to use than cars. This is especially true in the summer months, in which there’s a spike in motorcycle accidents. According to Colorado laws, motorcyclists only have to wear helmets if they are 17 or younger. However, all bikers and their passengers should aim to protect their heads when out for a ride.
Driving in Colorado doesn’t have to be a risky activity. Aside from wearing a seatbelt in a car and wearing a helmet when on a motorcycle, there are all sorts of strategies you can follow to stay safe on the road. You’ll find several of those strategies highlighted in our data, but you’ll find plenty of other safety tips (as well as updates to existing traffic laws and conditions) from sources such as the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Keep in mind that, although you can control your own vehicle, you can’t always control the actions of others. Drive as safely as you can and turn to legal professionals if an accident occurs despite your best efforts.