On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Colorado drivers are familiar with the influence seasonal weather has on state roads. Interstate drivers unacquainted with winter conditions, like commercial truck drivers, may be caught off guard by unfavorable weather events when traveling busy Interstate 70.
A newspaper report recently questioned whether state transportation officials should take a closer look at the interstate’s safety. The report followed a series of accidents, including a recent fatal truck accident and a multi-vehicle crash involving more than half a dozen tractor-trailers.
Colorado State Patrol and state transportation officials agree that Interstate 70 is no more or less hazardous now than in the past. Law enforcers stated the current accident rate on the highway seems to be in line with 2012 crash reports.
An official with the Colorado Department of Transportation revealed that, despite a seemingly inordinate number of crashes, Interstate 70 has not been targeted for a state safety study. CDOT feels the interstate’s accident rate is not excessive enough to raise a red flag.
The report did not say how many accidents would be necessary before the state would order a study.
Transportation officials said road safety studies are underway constantly throughout Colorado. CDOT sent inspectors to a recent Interstate 70 crash near Wolcott involving seven big rigs. The state wanted to know whether the accident was linked to poor state road maintenance during wintry conditions. CDOT determined the state was not responsible.
Authorities say Colorado roads are monitored regularly to make sure highways are as safe for drivers as the state can make them. Officials blamed much of the interstate’s recent elevated crash count on drivers who speed recklessly through snowy conditions.
A negligent driver may not be the only defendant in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Road hazards like improperly maintained roads may cause injury accidents and fatalities. Governments may be held liable for negligence, just as any individual whose carelessness causes harm.
Source: vaildaily.com, “Accident numbers on track with last year,” Lauren Glendenning, Feb. 14, 2013