CDOT Starts Weekly Memorial to Honor Victims of Fatal Crashes
As of the end of January 2016, officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have been publicizing the number of traffic fatalities that occur each week on the state’s roadways. Although this may seem like a grim statistic to share with motorists, authorities hope that it will be a poignant reminder of the deadly risks that can come with driving, particularly unsafe driving behaviors.
According to CDOT, this digital tally, which was officially kicked off on Wednesday, January 27th, will be updated every Wednesday, with no end date scheduled at this point.
While various factors may have motivated CDOT to start this Memorial, in all likelihood, the surge in traffic deaths in Colorado (and across the U.S.) in 2015 was a major contributing factor. In fact, traffic-related deaths in Colorado increased by about 10 percent in 2015, coming very close to breaking the state record (which was set in 2008).
While deadly auto crashes in Colorado increased last year, this trend was also reflected on a national level. In fact, federal data indicates that, in 2015:
“These numbers are a call to action,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Everyone with a responsibility for road safety – the federal, State and local governments, law enforcement, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocates and road users – needs to reassess our efforts to combat threats to safety. USDOT will redouble our efforts on safety and we expect our partners to do the same.”
Given that the rising trend in fatal traffic crashes – and the fact that many deadly wrecks are caused by motorists’ behaviors, here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of a traffic crash and get to your destination safely any time you hit the road:
Although compensation can never atone for the profound loss of a loved one, pursuing a car accident claim can be essential to helping survivors in the recovery process. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal wreck – or if you have been seriously injured in a traffic crash, contact Lakewood Car Accident Attorney James L. Finegan at (303) 980-5511 or (888) 980-5511. You can also send an email via the contact form on this page.
1: Data compiled and reported by the NHTSA, the NSC, & the CDC