Colorado Accident Statistics
All across the country, government and law enforcement entities are working to reach zero highway deaths. Colorado is no different. Moreover, while statistics show an overall ten-year decrease in highway fatalities, most recent data shows an increase in fatalities from 2013 to 2014. *source
In total, Colorado drivers were involved in 684 fatal accidents that killed 488 people. Of those accidents, 74 involved a driver under the age of 21, and one involved a driver under the age of 15. This data represents an overall ten-year decline even though more people died in 2014 than the year before.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 308 motor vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, and at least 156 of these victims were not wearing seat belts. Though this number is still too high, it does represent a significant decline over the past ten years in the number of people who do not use their seatbelts.
Fatalities Involving Alcohol and Speed
Two of the most troublesome factors in highway deaths is alcohol and speed. Unfortunately, data shows that drivers in Colorado are drinking and driving at nearly the same rate as always. In fact, 160 fatalities involved alcohol, an increase from 2012 and 2013, when 134 and 139 fatal accidents involved alcohol.
Speeding took the lives of 168 people in 2014, up from a ten-year low of 151 in 2013. Though speeding continues to play a role in fat too many deaths, the data does show a significant decrease from 2005, when 204 people lost their lives because a driver was going too fast.
Motorcycles, Bicycles, and Pedestrians
Helmet use is an issue in Colorado where 94 riders died in traffic crashes, and only 33 of them were wearing head protection. Despite the efforts of government agencies and state and local law enforcement awareness programs, more riders than ever are not wearing helmets.
Bicyclist fatalities have remained steady over a ten-year period with eight cyclist fatalities in 2005 and ten in 2014 after a high of 13 pedestrian deaths in 2012.
Unfortunately, the number of pedestrians killed on Colorado roadways has continued to grow following a ten-year low in 2010 when 36 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, about 63 pedestrians were killed, up from 50 the year before but down from 2012 when 76 were killed.
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