On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
The cause of a traffic accident often boils down to the actions or inactions of the drivers involved. Law enforcement officials, courts, insurance companies and attorneys also know fault can be rooted in several sources, some that indirectly come in to play at the time of a crash.
Colorado Department of Transportation officials are concerned about a stretch of Interstate 70 where two fatal motor vehicle accidents claimed four lives. Even though drunk driving appeared to be an obvious contributor to the first accident, state officials could not ignore the similarities between the two car crashes.
The fatalities took place along a stretch of highway in Glenwood Canyon, where miles of road construction limited vehicles to 40-mph speeds and a single lane in each direction. Drivers in both head-on collisions were traveling on the wrong side of the road.
An Audi crashed straight on into a tractor trailer on Interstate 70 in April. The car’s three occupants, including two teenagers, were killed. Investigators later learned the 18-year-old driver was severely intoxicated.
Accidents that cause deaths are routinely investigated by CDOT to make sure state road safety standards are met. An internal investigation cleared the agency of wrongdoing.
The most recent accident occurred within two miles of earlier collision. As in the first crash, a car moved into the oncoming traffic lane and was struck by a semi. The two vehicles caught fire.
Passersby pulled two children and a man from the wreckage. Troopers reported the survivors’ medical conditions as “serious to critical.” Rescuers could not reach the female car driver in time to save her life. The truck driver escaped injury.
Plaintiffs in accident injury and wrongful death cases must back claims of negligence with proof. Drunk-driving negligence can be shown with results of a chemical test. Evidence of dangerous, man-made conditions can lead to claims against governments responsible for traffic safety.
Source: postindependent.com, “CDOT to review Interstate 70 work zone after second fatal accident” John Stroud, May. 24, 2013