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Is Colorado the Worst State for Driving?…  

cars driving on a highway, raining | colorado the worst state for drivingColorado commutes can be painful and long. Gridlock traffic into and out of cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Arvada increases the number of car accidents that occur. In fact, traffic congestion costs the average driver over $1,400 per year in excess gasoline and traffic accidents. Yet, how is Colorado driving compared to other cities in the United States? Do we have the worst commutes or the best? And are we falling behind?A new report by WalletHub evaluated the 100 most populous cities in the United States for four factors:
  • Cost of ownership and maintenance
  • Traffic and infrastructure
  • Safety
  • Access to vehicles and maintenance
While Colorado didn’t crack the top ten best or worst states for driving, there was significant room for improvement. The report found that Colorado ranked 33rd in the country for overall driving. Drivers in the state scored poorly in cost of ownership and maintenance (37th), traffic and infrastructure (31st) and safety (25th). The state scored slightly better in access to vehicles and maintenance (16th).Safety experts agree that Colorado can reduce the number of traffic fatalities by enforcing and enhancing current seat belt laws. Currently in Colorado, all drivers and every front seat passenger are required to wear a seat belt when driving. However, this law is a secondary offense, meaning that drivers may not be cited for breaking this law unless they are already stopped by a law enforcement officer for another violation. Changing this law to a primary seat belt law would save lives.Another way Colorado can reduce the number of traffic fatalities is by enforcing and enhancing cell phone laws. Current law bans the use of cell phones for drivers under the age of 18 at all times. Texting or using email while driving is banned for all drivers. Restricted cell phone use violations are a Class A traffic offense, meaning that first time offenders are just issued a $50 ticket. Enhancing these laws would absolutely save lives. Currently a new bill to make driving while using a handheld cell phone device illegal is currently ready to be addressed in the 2019 legislative session.

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When a car accident occurs in Arvada, Northglenn, Superior, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, the steps you take now could affect the rest of your life. If you’ve been injured, it is important to contact our experienced Arvada car accident attorneys immediately. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed car accident lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice.  We can help you find answers to your questions after a serious car accident and we can protect your future. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.  Our injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado. 

Colorado Severely Lacking Numerous Road Safety Law…  

two automobiles collided | Colorado road safety lawDid you know that a fifth of all states are dangerously behind when it comes to implementing basic road safety laws? Even more astonishing is that every single state has work to do when it comes to keeping drivers and passengers safe from sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries. In fact 406 laws were needed in all 50 states to improve safety on the road. Only six states were given the green light in safety and Colorado was not one of them. Learn more about Colorado road safety laws below.The Safe Roads report, outlined the various safety laws that each state must implement in order to improve safety. Some of those laws included:
  • Primary enforcement seat belt laws for front seat passengers
  • Improved all-rider motorcycle helmet laws
  • Rear facing for children through the age of  2
  • Optimal booster seat laws
  • Impaired driving law enhancements
  • Text and messaging restriction laws
  • Cell Phone restriction laws
  • Graduated teen driving laws (GDL)
  • Ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders
  • Child endangerment laws for DUIs
  • Open container laws
So how did Colorado fare? In 2017, Colorado lost 648 lives due to car accidents, costing the economy $4.173 billion. From 2007 to 2017, 5,151 lives were lost in car crashes across the Mile High State. While Colorado didn’t rank at the bottom of the list in safety, it didn’t rank in the top either. Numerous safety laws are needed in Colorado to protect drivers and reduce the number of car accident fatalities, including:
  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law
  • Booster Seat Law
  • GDL - Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL - Stronger Nighttime Restriction
  • GDL - Stronger Passenger Restriction
  • GDL - Age 18 for Unrestricted License
Colorado did excel in distracted driving laws. It was one of just 29 states that has both all-driver text messaging restriction laws and cell phone restriction laws. When it came to drunk driving, Colorado faired well too with open container laws, child endangerment laws, and all-offender ignition interlock laws.

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Hull & Zimmberman P.C.When you’re injured in a car accident in Arvada, Northglenn, Thornton, or anywhere in Northern Colorado, you need an Arvada personal injury attorney on your side through it all. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed car accident lawyers are ready and willing to fight for you. We are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice, so call us immediately at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.Our car accident lawyers have the experience you need and we’ve been representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Superior, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn,, Thornton,  Arvada, Longmont, Lafayette,and throughout Colorado for decades. 

Preventable Accidents Involving Guns and Cars Resp…  

picture of a girl in shadow | Preventable Accidents Involving Guns and CarsPreventable accidents involving guns and cars are responsible for six out of ten childhood deaths. According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, these two factors account for the majority of childhood deaths in the United States. In comparison, childhood cancers are responsible for less than 1 in 10 deaths. (more…)

Hit and Run Accidents are on the Rise…  

front of red car | Hit and Run Accidents are On the RiseA hit and run accident occurs every minute on U.S. roads and nearly 65% of all hit and run accident victims are pedestrians or cyclists. Sadly, a 2018 AAA study found that hit and run accidents are on the rise across the United States In fact, in 2016 alone, the most recent year for statistics, there were 2,049 deaths from hit and run accidents, a 60% increase from 2009. Why are hit and run accidents increasing? (more…)

2017 Saw a Troubling Increase in Trucking Accident…  

semi truck driving at sunset | Increase in Trucking Accident FatalitiesAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017 saw the largest increase in trucking accident fatalities in 29 years. According to many in the trucking industry, this increase in trucking accident fatalities may be tied directly to drivers’ resistance to federal trucking rules mandated in recent years.  Many truck drivers are breaking the federal rule that requires a rest break after eight straight hours of driving. Why are these drivers breaking “rest break” rules? Pressure to deliver their loads quickly may be partly to blame. (more…)

Winter Driving Essentials Everyone Should Have in …  

white car driving down snowy forest road | Winter Driving Essentials Unpredictable weather can add a significant challenge to operating a vehicle safely, and the winter months can bring more than their fair share of unpredictability. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 17 percent of all vehicle crashes happen during winter driving conditions. Road conditions and visibility can change quickly, without much warning, and require drivers to take extra care when on the road. Reducing speed, allowing for extra time to reach your destination, and choosing not to drive in poor weather conditions unless absolutely necessary are just some of the ways of reducing the risk of winter driving accidents. (more…)

Do You Need a Lawyer After a Trucking Accident?…  

semi truck speeding down the highway | Do You Need a Lawyer After a Trucking Accident?Trucking accidents are almost always catastrophic. Due to the size of large commercial trucks, semi trucks, and big rigs, they can cause massive amounts of damage and life threatening injuries to anyone involved in the accident. Unfortunately, the majority of the injuries sustained are to the occupants of passenger vehicles. Yet, even when trucking accidents are clearly the fault of the truck driver or the trucking company, trucking accident victims don’t always get the money they need to recover. That's why it's extremely important to reach out to a lawyer after a trucking accident for help. (more…)

Cell Phone Car Accident Cases Are a Preventable Pr…  

man holding cell phone behind wheel of car with communication icons | Cell Phone Car Accident CasesCell phones have changed the way we interact with our friends and family, how we work, and how we manage our day. They’ve made us excellent multi-taskers by giving us the world at our fingertips. Yet, sadly, they’ve also made us worse drivers. Throughout the last decade, drivers have been increasingly more distracted behind the wheel and cell phones are largely to blame. Even though the majority of states have enacted some form of distracted driving laws, cell phone car accident cases continue to be a common legal problem. (more…)

Safe Driving Tips For Teenage Drivers…  

Fatal car accidents involving teenagers are now on the rise. In 2015 alone, there was a 9% increase in fatal driving among teenagers. This is particularly upsetting because for years, the number of teenage fatal car accidents was on the decline and heading in the right direction. Now, new research reveals that teenagers drivers are actually more likely to be involved in a serious or deadly crash than any other age group. This is a sobering fact for parents everywhere and one that has safety experts wondering, “how can we keep our teens safe behind the wheel?" Here are some helpful safe driving tips for teenage drivers that all parents should know: (more…)

Tragic Hit and Run at Denver Intersection Caused b…  

Elliott Hayden Bond (credit: Westminster Police)A tragic hit and run accident occurred at a Denver intersection in September, when a teenage boy was struck and killed by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West 100th Avenue just after 11pm. The driver immediately fled the scene of the accident but was apprehended and arrested a short distance away. He was immediately charged with Failure to Report an Accident, Hit and Run Involving a Death, and Driving Under the Influence. (more…)

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