In Colorado, avalanches within the bounds of a ski resort have been legally declared an "inherent danger and risk of skiing." While that may not seem like much of a stretch at first, the fact that the Colorado Supreme Court issued this ruling has a significant effect for skiers throughout the state. Now, if you are hurt or a loved one is killed due to an avalanche at a ski resort, you cannot sue the resort. A section of Colorado's Ski Safety Act is now interpreted as prohibiting wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits in these situations.
In most years, the overall number of people killed in car and motor vehicle accidents decreases. Part of the reason for this is advancing safety technology, including air bags, child car seats and back-up cameras, which help reduce the risk of death when involved in an accident. And both state and federal agencies have promoted safe driving behaviors through targeted advertising. State laws have become ever stricter for drivers who use alcohol or drugs or drive distracted.