Colorado’s rugged mountains, deserts and valleys attract thousands of tourists each year. Some of the popular routes and cities pose challenges to drivers — both locals and tourists. Colorado State Patrol underscores the most significant risks drivers face and how to mitigate auto accidents.
Driving in inclement weather poses challenges to any driver, regardless of experience levels. Hazards include rain, fog, low visibility, traction, snow, ice, wind and dust. Colorado State Patrol enforces laws related to tire tread and snow chains requirements. Although there is no guarantee that snow tires will prevent accidents, they will lessen the risks because they provide better traction.
Time of day
The most dangerous time to drive is at dawn, dusk and during the night due to limited visibility. Motorists are advised to drive during daytime hours unless they have no other option. All vehicles on Colorado roads must have their headlights on in conditions with visibility of less than 1,000 feet and between sunset and sunrise.
Passing other vehicles
Collision risks exist whenever one driver attempts to pass another vehicle. It is crucial never to try to pass where it is not permitted. Furthermore, it is best to avoid passing several cars at a time.
Work zones have lower speed limits to keep drivers and workers safe. Traveling at the posted limit will allow enough reaction time if any emergencies occur.
In many cases, negligent drivers in Colorado cause auto accidents that lead to severe injuries or even death to their passengers or other vehicles’ occupants. When that happens, victims may pursue financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. Similarly, families who have lost loved ones in such accidents could file wrongful death lawsuits.