Thursday evening on March 15th, a 31-year-old man was driving along I-76 when an SUV veered out of the opposing lane and slammed into his Ford pickup. Luckily, the man survived the crash and was transported to Platte Valley Medical Center. However, the 31-year-old woman driving the SUV and her 4-year-old daughter did not survive the crash. What’s worse is that law enforcement believes distracted driving may have been involved.
Did You Know April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
Authorities have not shared what form of distracted driving caused the crash on I-76, but it is unfortunately a common type of crash for officials to handle. Here in Colorado, 67 people died in crashes related to distracted driving in 2016. Considering the increase in motor vehicle fatalities in Colorado for 2017, that number may have gone up.
The organization Drive SMART Weld County conducted a study in 2016 and found that 54.3 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 say they sometimes text while driving. This isn’t a trend that’s only common among young drivers, 44 percent of drivers ages 35-54 also admitted to sometimes driving while texting. Officials hope that knowing this information might lead to drivers of all ages taking notes and putting their phones down while behind the wheel.
You see, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and that means state officials are going to share as much info as they can in order to curb this disturbing trend in Colorado. In the past, distracted driving was normally caused by people interacting with passengers or messing with the radio. But as technology has progressed, so too have distractions increased and that has caused dangerous accidents not only in our state but around the country.
Officials urge the public to share stories and to make a commitment not to text while driving. It’s an important message that needs to be heard to stop more accidents like the one on I-76. What will you do to stop distracted driving right here in Fort Collins?
A message from the auto accident attorneys at Metier Law Firm—Remember to spread the word about how dangerous distracted driving can be!