In our previous post, we mentioned recent National Safety Council report which showed that distracted driving increased in the first four months of 2015, despite the efforts of states to counteract the problem of distracted driving. Colorado, like other states, has restricted the use of texting and cell phones by drivers, though it isn't clear how helpful these laws are.
Distracted driving is, as most readers are well aware, a serious issue wherever you go, no matter what state you are in. With the proliferation of cell phone use and many drivers being unwilling to put their phones down while driving, the risk remain high.
Most of our readers have, by now, heard the term ride-sharing and become familiar with the concept. As the popularity of ride-sharing increases in the United States, there is a growing concern that consumers of ride-sharing services may not fully understand how their insurance policy will cover them in the event of an accident. This is an important issue, because insurance companies may or may not cover a policyholder who is hurt in a ride-sharing accident.
Here in Colorado, one of the big issues since the legalization of marijuana has been to address the potential ramifications of marijuana use by drivers. This issue includes the problem of drugged driving as well as personal injury liability when a drugged driver causes an accident. The risk of marijuana-induced accidents has always been around, of course, but the concern is that the change in legal status could make the problem more prominent.
Most drivers have, at some point, dealt with or witnessed a bicyclist failing to obey traffic signs and signals, taking a dangerous turn, taking up an entire lane, or doing some other unsafe or illegal maneuver on the road. This can obviously be frustrating for motorists, who are justifiably concerned, not only by the prospect of getting in an accident and being held liable, but also because of the assumed presumed bravado of rule-breaking cyclists. The tension between bicyclists and motorists in many places is well known.