Winter weather has wreaked havoc all over the country since the beginning of the year. Even with forewarning from meteorologists, hazardous conditions can develop too rapidly for drivers to get off the roads. This may have contributed, at least in part, to the numerous injuries and one death that occurred as the result of a massive accident on Colorado's Interstate 25.
It is not clear what exactly precipitated the massive car pileup that covered nearly two miles of the Interstate. Amazingly, only one person died and 30 people suffered injuries in the chaos. Those who did not require medical attention were transported from the scene by bus.
I-25's northbound lanes were closed for some time while the wreckage was cleared. It could take Colorado authorities some time to determine how the wreck began. Even if weather conditions deteriorate quickly, drivers continue to owe a duty of care to their passengers and other vehicles on the road to operate their vehicles in accordance with the elements.
No vehicle is impervious to mother nature. When bad weather moves in, drivers should immediately slow down and use extra caution while driving. Even drivers who have lived in Colorado for any appreciable amount of time cannot take their driving skills for granted in inclement weather.
Depending on what investigators find, the family of the deceased victim and those who suffered serious injuries retain the right to file civil actions related to the incident. A successfully litigated claim could lead to an award providing much-needed financial restitution. Medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering are some of the damages that may be awarded in personal injury claims. Similar damages are possible in successful wrongful death claims, along with funeral and burial expenses.
Source: abclocal.go.com, I-25 accident kills 1; Colorado pileup also injures 30, No author, March 2, 2014