Constant vigilance is the mantra for all drivers across Colorado.
And as dire as the need is for unwavering attention to be the byword for motorists in urban areas across the state, it is every bit as important that drivers in more remote regions constantly scan the space around them for potential danger.
Throughout much of Colorado, that danger comes from one narrow and specific source, namely, animals that try to cross roads and become involved in collisions with vehicles and their occupants.
Coloradans know how dangerous -- and, too often, horrific -- that can be, with serious and sometimes fatal human injuries being reported with some frequency.
A recent media account from the northwestern area of the state underscores the tragedy that can occur when a vehicle collides with a large animal. A report issuing late last month from the small city of Rifle reported the sad news that three people died -- with several others being injured -- when their SUV collided with a 300-pound bear. The animal also died in the incident.
Accidents in Colorado involve wild animals of many kinds, with moose, mountain lions, bear and especially deer often being involved as primary crash catalysts.
It is also true, though, that domesticated animals -- ranging widely from cows and horses to sheep, pigs and other species -- cause serious and fatal accidents across the state when they roam freely and unlawfully on Colorado roads and freeways.
That they are able to do so owes solely to human negligence marked by the failure to take reasonable actions that keep them safely confined and away from traffic.
Human fatalities occur because of such laxity, with devastating consequences sometimes visiting family members and other loved ones.
Questions or concerns regarding an animal-related accident can be directed to an experienced Colorado motor vehicle accident attorney. Meaningful legal recoveries can be pursued to combat negligence that contributes to behind-the-wheel injuries.