According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Denver-area motorcyclists may want to be especially careful in Park County, southwest of Denver.
NHTSA’s latest research, covering 2008-2012, found that annual motorcycle fatalities per 100,000 population averaged 4.94 during that five-year period in Park County. This is nearly two times higher than other counties in the metro area. Elbert and Weld counties followed at approximately 2.50. Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties ranged from 1.01 to 1.61.
El Paso County may be the most dangerous in the state overall for motorcyclists, averaging 2.58 fatalities per 100,000 residents with a total of 60 deaths over that five year period.
Which specific Denver-area roads have the reputation for being accident magnets?
The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) tracks the “most dangerous highways” based on the total number of auto accidents, without separating out car, truck, or motorcycle data.
Not surprisingly, certain sections of I-25 are high on the list, including the span between Woodman Road north of Colorado Springs up to the Douglas County line and nearly the entire stretch north of I-70 to Fort Collins. The Patrol also designated the area west of Littleton to Wadsworth and between Highway 285 and C-470 as especially dangerous.
One other spot was highlighted in the CSP report: Highway 119 between Boulder and Longmont. A spokesperson for CSP noted that speed, alcohol, and distraction were the likely reason for the number of collisions along this route—and on all the high risk roads around the state.
Colorado motorcyclists, please drive carefully no matter where you find yourself, but be especially cautious in these stretches around the greater Denver area. And be advised that the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement will be paying close attention to these spots too!