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What is a driver’s basic duty of care?

Drivers on Colorado roads and highways have a duty of reasonable care to others on the road. Motorists may violate this duty when they do any of the following:

  • Failing to see what is plainly visible on the road.
  • Failing to maintain a careful lookout for other traffic and pedestrians.
  • Failing to operate a motor vehicle with reasonable care.
  • Failing to account for the grade, width, road conditions, visibility, weather and other traffic on the road.
  • Driving while distracted – for example, texting.
  • Driving while intoxicated or impaired.
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely