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Colorado School and Construction Zone Speeding on the Rise

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Law enforcement officials in Colorado are sounding the alarm about a dangerous trend: an uptick in speeding in school and construction zones.

The number of drivers busted for speeding in these areas, which have lower speed limits, rose by 12% last year, according to Colorado State Patrol. More than 1,200 people were ticketed across the state last year, CSP said.

That puts the safety of students, school employees and roadside workers at risk.

“When you don’t drive cautiously and lawfully in school and work zones, you display extreme indifference to your neighbors and community,” Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a statement announcing the latest data.

El Paso County saw the most drivers ticketed for speeding in school and construction zones over the year (222), followed by Larimer County (131) and Adams County (127). Mesa County (111) and Garfield County (88) were also among the top five. In total, at least one driver was ticketed for speeding in these zones in 48 of the state’s 64 counties.

Across Colorado, 16 people were killed in crashes in construction zones last year. 

That includes a Colorado Department of Transportation worker who was struck and killed in December near the Interstate 76 and Interstate 270 interchange in Denver. The driver in that crash sped off, according to a local news report.

CSP troopers are urging drivers to not only slow down in school and construction zones but also avoid distractions to ensure they are aware when speed limits change. They additionally want drivers to give more space between cars.

Troopers investigated more than 1,100 crashes in construction zones across the state in 2022. Nearly one-third of those collisions were caused by drivers following too closely to the vehicle in front of them, CSP said.

“Kids, neighbors and road workers are counting on you, Colorado! Currently, motorists are failing these vulnerable populations,” Parker said. “Motorists should never assume people will not be present in these low-speed zones and follow the law because people’s lives literally depend on you.”

Injured in a Car Accident? Know Your Rights

Car accidents can and do happen in Colorado and across the country. Whether it is a low-speed, rear-end collision on a neighborhood street or a multi-car pile-up on a busy highway, accidents can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Anyone who is injured in a traffic accident in Colorado has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. That is true whether a negligent driver, a defective vehicle manufacturer or a government agency responsible for keeping roads in safe condition is to blame.

The money damages typically available in Colorado car accident cases is meant generally to put an injured person back in the financial position that he or she was in prior to the collision. That includes payment for current and future doctors’ bills, as well as vehicle and other property damage. An injured person can also seek compensation for missed wages and any impact on his or her earning capacity stemming from the injuries.

To get that compensation after an accident, you have to be able to identify those responsible for the collision and prove their legal responsibility for the crash. 

Traffic accident claims are usually based on allegations of negligence. This legal theory holds people and entities liable when they do not live up to a certain “duty of care.”

In Colorado, drivers have a duty to others on the road that requires them to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe way. They are expected to comply with traffic laws, remain alert behind the wheel at all times and steer clear of dangerous behavior like speeding, tailgating, constantly changing lanes, drinking and driving or using a phone. A driver who fails to do so is likely to be found legally responsible for any accidents that happen as a result.

Colorado operates under a comparative negligence system. That means that a person injured in a crash may have the available compensation reduced if he or she is found partly to blame for the collision or the injuries. As long as the person is found to be no more than 50% responsible for the accident, his or her compensation will simply be reduced based on proportionate fault.

An experienced attorney can help you identify the person or entity responsible for an accident and seek compensation. A Denver personal injury lawyer at Levine Law can also help you navigate the legal process and negotiate with insurers and others to avoid a long, drawn-out court battle.  

When Traffic Accidents Turn Fatal: Suing for Wrongful Death

The loved ones of a person who dies in a traffic accident generally have the right under Colorado law to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision. 

The money damages in these cases are designed to compensate family members for the financial impact of losing a loved one. That includes compensation for medical and burial costs, as well as the loss of the person’s financial and emotional support.

To be clear, no amount of money will ever replace a loved one. A wrongful death action can, however, help ease the financial strain that often comes with the tragic loss of a family member. It can also provide a certain level of closure by getting justice and ensuring that those responsible are made accountable for their actions.

State law limits who can pursue a wrongful death case to spouses, children and parents. In the event that a person dies without a spouse, child or parent, the personal representative of his or her estate can sue for wrongful death.

Speak with a Denver Car Accident Lawyer 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash in Colorado, a Denver car accident lawyer at Levine Law can help you understand your rights and get compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys combine decades of experience and a strong track record of success in the courtroom and through negotiated settlements.

We are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver car accident lawyer.