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When drivers in Denver and throughout Colorado head out on the road, they know they will face dangers. Reckless drivers, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, drowsy drivers – all can place people in jeopardy of personal injury and death. However, the risks of the road are statistically worse than they have been in many years.
The National Safety Council released a report showing that, in 2018, there were more than 40,000 fatalities on U.S. roads. This is the third consecutive year that the number has surpassed 40,000. An estimated 4.5 million people were seriously hurt in auto accidents in 2018.
When comparing the number of fatalities in 2018 to the number in 2014, there was a 14 percent increase. It is believed that driver behavior is a major factor in the high number of deaths. The NSC report does not specify what the causes of the accidents were, but, for 2017, there was an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities, implying that distracted driving could be a problem. Other studies showed distractions were a factor in eight percent of accidents, while drowsy driving was a factor in two percent of accidents.
Whether a person has suffered catastrophic injuries or a family has lost a loved one in an auto accident, there are many problems that will arise in the aftermath. These include medical costs, the inability to work and earn money, the emotional impact for a family and more. With a death, the long-term implications are difficult to measure. Obtaining help from a law firm that has experience in helping clients with auto accident claims is vital.