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Car Collisions Are Not Accidents

Most car collisions are not “ACCIDENTS” but are the result of another driver choosing not to follow simple Rules of the Road, which are required by Colorado law.  Webster’s Dictionary defines “Accident” as: “1. An unintended happening; 2. A mishap; 3. Chance.”  A “collision is defined as: “a colliding.”  This colliding occurs when drivers choose to speed, drive too fast for conditions, follow too closely, allow themselves to be distracted (most often by cell phones), not paying proper attention to traffic control devices or their driving, or for a host of other choices that cause the collision, thereby inflicting injury and property damage on other drivers who are following the Rules of the Road. 

The Colorado Driver Handbook is readily available at no cost online by searching for “Colorado Driver Handbook,” or this website: http://www.dmv.org/co-colorado/driver-handbook.php.  There are also resources available at Drive Smart Colorado (www.drivesmartcolorado.com), through the Colorado State Patrol “Alive at 25” online course designed by the National Safety Council (https://aliveat25.us/) , and several senior citizen driving courses for our older population, such as the AARP safety course (www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/driver_safety/), or the Colorado mature driver Course (https://www.idrivesafely.com/insurance-discount/mature/colorado/).

As the warmer weather approaches, Colorado drivers will have to be aware of motorcycles and bicycles on the road.  Spring still has cold nights where the thawing freezes overnight, producing patches of black ice in often unexpected places, so Colorado drivers need to be aware, and exercise caution and control over their vehicles to avoid hurting others, or causing damage.  Collisions occur because drivers make the wrong choices, and do not follow simple road safety rules, most of which are contained in Colorado Traffic laws.  Drive safe and smart by following these Rules of the Road. 

Thanks, Pit Martin