Attentive driving and safe roads are important for all Colorado residents. So when an increase in the number of serious and fatal car accidents occurs on a roadway it can be cause for concern.
A stretch of I-25 in northern Colorado has led to an investigation by the Colorado Department of Transportation as to why there have been so many serious accidents there this year. The 35 mile stretch between Longmont and Wellington has seen 10 deaths so far in 2014. Prior to 2014, there were just a couple deaths. So why the big increase in 2014? This area is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. High speeds are seen during certain times of the day and low speeds during rush hour. The CDOT is planning on adding additional lanes to accommodate the growing number of drivers, but for now they say the road is in great shape. Also, half of the fatal accidents that occurred in 2014 had victims that were not wearing their seatbelt.
When a person has been seriously injured or even killed in an accident, families can be torn apart. Emotionally, families can be devastated but the monetary loss of wages and unexpected medical and funeral bills. A person who has been seriously injured, or the family of an individual who was killed, in a car accident may want to discuss their situation with a legal professional skilled in personal injury or wrongful death. The attorney can visit the accident scene, interview witnesses, review accident reports, and determine who was at fault. If negligence is found to be a factor in the crash, then the victim or his or her family can try to hold the negligent party responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A car accident can occur at any time. No one plans on being in an accident, and when they occur they can deeply affect a family. Fortunately, an experienced Colorado may be able to help them recover compensation and find a sense of closure.
Source: Fox 31 Denver, "Traffic accident deaths spike on I-25 in northern Colorado", David Mitchell, Dec. 9, 2014