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What Are the Odds of Dying in a Car Crash in Denver, CO?

Denver, Colorado, has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. over the past few years. However, with an increase in population comes an increase in auto accidents — and a Denverite’s chances of dying in one. 

If you are wondering just how likely you are to die in a car accident in Denver, CO, you’ll find the answer to your question here. 

Fatal Car Crashes In Denver, Colorado

There are hundreds of car accident fatalities in Colorado each year, and Denver has the most of any city in the state. In 2022, there were 73 fatal car crashes in Denver, resulting in 75 fatalities.

In other words, most fatal car crashes in Denver tend to cause just one fatality. The stats also work out to an average of six to seven fatal accidents per month within the city.  

Understanding Your Odds of Dying in a Denver Car Crash

Odds are tricky. While it is easy to make blanket statements about likelihoods, odds are better calculated when a question is more specific. 

For example, consider this question: What are your odds of dying on Earth on any given day? This question is simply too general to produce any meaningful answer. However, asking about the odds of dying in a certain month narrows it down significantly. 

If you consider the odds of dying in a car crash in Denver, you can see that traffic fatalities ramp up significantly in the warmer months (April through September). It is reasonable to say that your odds of dying in a car crash in Denver are higher in the summer than in the winter. 

Location Matters

In 2010, 2011, and 2013, Colorado saw more traffic fatalities on rural roads than on urban roads. Over the next 10 years, however, fatal car crashes in urban areas such as Denver far outpaced fatal crashes in rural areas of Colorado. Urban traffic fatalities increased by 89.7% between 2010 and 2020, while rural fatalities remained relatively steady.

Factors That Increase Odds of Dying in a Car Crash

A multitude of factors affect a person’s odds of dying in a car crash in Denver. As discussed, the odds of dying in a car crash in Denver go up in certain months. The same is true for the day of the week and time of day. For example, Saturday is a particularly bad day for fatal accidents in Denver. And driving between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. also puts you at a higher risk. 

Suppose that a person drives just one hour a week — on Tuesdays at 4:00 a.m. — and only in the month of February. They will have a lower risk of dying in a car accident in Denver than someone who only drives at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays in the month of July. 

Other factors that increase the odds of dying in a car accident include:

  • Self-impairment or impairment of others
  • Driving in bad weather
  • Speeding 
  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving

Driving an unsafe vehicle and driving in poor road conditions will also increase the odds of a fatal car accident.

A Denver Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help After a Fatal Crash

Unfortunately, car accident fatalities are not uncommon in the United States or in Denver, Colorado. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in a car accident, you can potentially seek justice through compensation. A wrongful death attorney can guide you through this difficult time and navigate the claims process on your behalf.

Contact our Denver Car Accident Law Firm Today For Help

For more information please contact Zaner Harden Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation with a Denver car accident lawyer.


Zaner Harden Personal Injury Lawyers

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