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Driver’s Beware! Worst Denver Neighborhoods for Car Crashes

Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States which means more and more people are commuting every day. Because of higher populations and an increase in traffic, the chances of getting into a car crash in the Denver area have risen. New statistics show that between 2016 and 2018 there were more than 76 thousand car crashes in Denver alone. 1,673 resulted in serious injuries and 166 were fatal. Last year alone, there were nearly 10,000 car crashes around Denver.

Top 5 Neighborhoods With Highest Crash Volumes

  1. Stapleton (with 1,268 crashes)
  2. Baker (with 1,128 crashes)
  3. Five Points (with 834 crashes)
  4. Hampden South (with 829)
  5. Capitol Hill (714)

Broken down by neighborhood, Stapleton ranked number one for having the highest volume of car crashes in 2018, with a total of 1,268 accidents. This is according to the Denver Police Department. Stapleton was followed by Baker with 1,128 accidents, Five Points with 834 crashes, Hampden South with 829 and Capitol Hill with 714 crashes.

According to Jeremy Rosenthal, a personal injury attorney in Denver this data can be correlated to the high rate of commuters and high volume of traffic coming in and out of those neighborhoods. You do have to consider how population can affect the number of car crashes. For example, Stapleton has a population of 35 thousand people, while Capitol Hill has a total of 15 thousand residents. Which means a high volume of accidents in Capitol Hill may be more concerning than a neighborhood with a high amount of residents. According to Virginia Village residents and surrounding neighborhoods, intersections like Quebec and MLK could be to blame, they say with multiple lanes merging, it’s no wonder the area has a high volume of crashes.

A resident of Stapleton also claims “The layout just doesn’t work for anything.Not to mention there are no thru lanes on Quebec, so getting between 70 and Colfax means changing lanes a few times because your lane [switches] into turn lanes a few times.”

Taking a look at these statistics will hopefully help the community be more vigilant when it comes to avoiding distracted driving and paying more attention to the road. However, it should also raise a red flag for community leaders who should be looking into this and seeing if there is room for growth.

Tim Esterdahl

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