The job of police officers is to protect citizens and ensure safety. An unfortunate side effect of their line of work is that they have the potential to be injured in a car accident while on duty. This is what happened recently to a Colorado officer who was performing crowd control duty for a high school in light of protests of the Ferguson court case ruling.
Posted speed limits are enforced to protect the safety of everyone sharing the road. A Colorado driver who chooses to disobey the law or is not paying attention and is driving more quickly than conditions dictate has a higher likelihood of causing a car accident. An irresponsible driver can cause innocent victims to become seriously injured or possibly even die.
Each day, most parents send their children to school, an act which requires some of the children to cross the street. Most children are taught how to cross safely and return home unharmed, but others are not so lucky. In one such case, two Colorado middle school students were injured in a car accident while crossing a street.
Drivers must always be clearly focused and alert while they are driving. Being under the influence of alcohol can cause drivers to have impaired judgment and limit the ability to make split-second decisions. This may also cause Colorado drivers to disregard traffic laws due to their lack of inhibitions from the alcohol. All of these poor decisions can be catalysts for causing a car accident.
Even when pedestrians are careful when walking on or near roadways, the possibility still exists that they could become victims of irresponsible drivers. When pedestrians choose to walk during non-daylight hours, they increase their chances of becoming victims. In a recent Colorado accident that occurred during the early morning hours, a male pedestrian was the victim of a fatal car accident.
The law enacts posted speed limits to protect everyone on and around the road. Going drastically over the speed limit can significantly increase the chances of a car accident. One reason why Colorado drivers may be traveling so quickly is due to being engaged in illegal street racing. The dangers of being involved in street racing were recently demonstrated after seven people were sent to the hospital following a crash.
A driver who is behind the wheel without being in complete control of his or her senses is a recipe for disaster. Driving too quickly for conditions in Colorado and being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can cause a driver to make dangerous errors. The driver may not be able to maneuver his or her vehicle correctly and cause a car accident that could seriously injure an innocent victim.
There are many ways that a driver can pose a greater risk for a fatal car accident. Some of these ways include drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless behavior or driving while extremely fatigued. For example, a woman from the Pueblo area of Colorado allegedly caused a fatal car accident because she fell asleep behind the wheel. This tragic accident may serve as an example of the serious consequences of a fatigued driver.
When teenagers first receive their license, they may feel a sense of freedom and excitement from the ability to drive around on their own. This newfound independence also brings about serious consequences if the new driver breaks Colorado driving laws. A teenage driver is just as responsible for his or her actions as an adult on the road. Disobeying any of the laws could cause serious injuries or a fatal accident.
When an accident happens, there is always a chance that any of the people involved could be hurt. If a person is injured in a car accident, the driver is required by Colorado law to wait on authorities to arrive and provide reasonable aid to the victims who were hurt, if applicable. A negligent driver who decides to abandon the scene will face serious legal repercussions, which may be worse than if he or she had waited for the police to arrive.