Colorado State Patrol troopers were investigating a wrong-way crash that occurred on August 8 in the HOV lanes of Interstate 25 at 62nd Avenue. Authorities received a call about a wrong-way driver but were not able to stop the accident, which happened at 12:41 p.m. A woman driving a Jeep Liberty south in the northbound HOV lanes hit a sedan head-on. Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Denver Health Medical Center. Impairment from drugs was being investigated as a possible contributor to the incident.
The HOV lanes have gates that block traffic from entering the wrong way, and authorities were trying to piece together how the wrong-way driver came to be in the northbound HOV lanes. Those lanes were closed for almost four hours after the accident.
Motor vehicle accidents may result in broken bones, head and neck injuries, contusions and emotional trauma, and prolonged treatment might be necessary in order for someone to recover from those ailments. People hurt in car accidents might wish to file personal injury claims to seek compensation for financial losses they incurred due those incidents. Such losses could include time missed from work and medical expenses.
Drivers have a duty to other motorists to act responsibly. Police investigating an accident may discover that a driver was under the influence of drugs and should not have been operating a vehicle. Drivers could be found liable for an accident in a civil suit if they took illegal or prescription drugs. Other actions that might indicate negligence include texting while driving, speeding and violating other traffic laws.
Source: CBS Denver, “2 Injured In Possible Wrong Way Crash In HOV Lanes On I-25“, August 08, 2014