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Statistics on distracted driving in Colorado

Distracted driving continues to be a major problem both in the Dillon area and throughout the rest of Colorado.

According to recent statistics from the state’s Department of Transportation, distracted driving is to blame for 40 motor vehicle accidents a day in the state on average.

It should be noted, however, that distracted driving includes more than just cell phone use, at least for this statistic. Lots of things, including trying to keep an eye on one’s children in the back or even just talking to a fellow passenger, can constitute distracted driving. Still, many people would recognize that cell phone use while driving is a common problem on Colorado’s public roads.

Despite law enforcement and other efforts to combat this behavior, many Coloradans choose to engage in it anyway. In a survey, almost 90 percent of drivers admitted to being distracted in some way within a week prior to the survey. Moreover, 40 percent admitted to reading a text or email message while driving, and 1 in 4 motorists even admitted to sending a message.

This is not just a problem among teen drivers. In fact, the worst offenders, judging by the number of crashes attributable to distracted drivers, are those in their twenties. Moreover, motorists between 30 and 50 years old account for about 30 percent of distracted driving crashes.

Judging by these numbers, there are likely to be many more crashes here in Colorado that involve a distracted driver. For those who get injured in these accidents, compensation may be available by filing a negligence claim against the responsible driver.