Category: car accidents

7 injured in 3-vehicle accident

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

A Colorado driver was accused of causing a multivehicle accident on Jan. 15. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the accident took place near the North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue intersection in Colorado Springs. The authorities stated that the driver of a Ford pickup truck was traveling east on Constitution Avenue at a high rate of speed when he ran a red light at about 2:30 a.m. The pickup crashed into a white Volkswagen that was heading south. The impact cau...

Surprising place where accidents occur most often

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Motorists in Colorado and throughout the country tend to do the majority of their driving within 25 miles of home. Therefore, it may not be surprising to hear that this is where the majority of accidents take place. While drivers may believe that they can rely on muscle memory when driving in familiar areas, it is always good to stay alert and responsive while behind the wheel. Wearing a seat belt may also be an effective way to stay safe while operating a motor vehicle. This may be a good ha...

Driver duty and collision avoidance systems

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Friday, September 8, 2017.

In a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers found that collision avoidance systems are effective at preventing many types of car accidents in Colorado and throughout the U.S. The IIHS is a non-profit group, and its focus is on the reduction of injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle accidents. The vice president for research at IIHS said that collision avoidance systems are "saving lives." Furthermore, she added that anti-crash technology warning sy...

Autonomous vehicles might not be on the immediate horizon

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Friday, August 25, 2017.

While Colorado residents might anticipate the day when driverless cars will be widely available, it may not come as quickly as they might expect. There are several issues that must first be addressed before self-driving cars can be offered in mass production. Other factors may also make people less willing to purchase these vehicles when they are available. Before driverless cars can be released to the public, state and federal lawmakers along with regulatory agencies will first need to draft...

Improved economy leads to higher driver death rate

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Drivers in Colorado and across the U.S. have a slightly increased chance of dying in a car crash involving late-model vehicles, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A main reason for the increase is the improving economy. Using crash data from 2012 through 2015, IIHS calculated the overall driver death rates for 2014 models to be 30 deaths per 1 million registered vehicle years. The organization found that the vehicle with the worst driver fatality rate was the...

3 vehicles given top safety rating by IIHS

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Colorado residents looking to purchase a new vehicle may be interested in one of three cars that were given the highest rating for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These vehicles were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental and the Toyota Avalon. Three other vehicles that were tested, including the Tesla Model S, did not qualify to receive this safety rating. The Tesla Model S and the other two vehicles, the Chevy Impala and the Ford Taurus, all ...

Study finds aggressive driving to be relatively common

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Colorado drivers may be interested to learn that nearly 80 percent of participants in a July 2016 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to experiencing road rage at least once in the prior year. According to that same study, about eight million American drivers engaged in extreme road rage activities such as intentionally hitting another vehicle or getting out of a car to confront another motorist. Poor driving, busy traffic and general stress were cited as factors that ma...

Study reveals regional risk for child car accident fatalities

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Colorado parents may feel a little safer getting behind the wheel after reading the results of a study regarding child deaths in fatal auto accidents. The study looked at state-by-state data from 2010 to 2014 to discover the number of deaths of children under the age of 15 per state and region. Researchers also reported the rate of deaths to account for population differences. The major causes for these differences were also explored in light of reducing the risk of fatal car wrecks involving ch...

Device may allow officers to see what apps drivers were using

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Colorado motorists may be interested to learn that several cities around the nation may allow authorities to use a device that shows them if drivers were using their phone to text, read their emails or post on Facebook while they are behind the wheel. While the technology could potentially help officers determine if the driver was distracted when an accident occurred, it means privacy could also be at risk. Before a cellphone can be searched without the driver's permission, a search warrant i...

How to stay safe in an era of distracted driving

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Colorado residents may have gotten used to seeing drivers using their cellphone while behind the wheel. That doesn't mean that those who don't use their cellphones cannot keep themselves safe on the road. In general terms, defensive driving is the act of predicting how other drivers may act on the road. From there, they may be able to take actions that prevent or reduce the odds of an accident. There are a few different ways in which people can act in a defensive manner while driving. The fir...