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How fast is too fast? Understanding how speed limits work in Denver car accident claims?

Denver, CO – At the end of last year, the Denver City Council voted to reduce speed limits in residential areas from 25 mph to 20 mph. However, on the roads leading into Denver speed limits remain the same:

  • 55 mph – Open highways that are not a part of the interstate system and are not four‑lane freeways or expressways
  • 65 mph – Four‑lane highways that are a part of the interstate system or expressways.

Any driver caught going over the speed limit risks getting a ticket and, if they’re involved in an accident, they can be charged with reckless driving. This constitutes a form of negligence and the victims or their family can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

What if the driver that caused the car accident was below the speed limit?

Speed limits are meant as guidance for good road conditions. You can go up to 55 mph on an open highway if the road is dry. Take it as the summer speed limit. When there’s heavy rain, snow, fog, or ice, drivers in Colorado need to reduce their speed accordingly.

Under state statutes, “if hazardous conditions exist on a roadway, Colorado drivers must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed, although this may require driving at a speed below the posted limit”.

The same applies to mountain areas full of steep curves – drivers must maintain a prudent speed.

According to experts, driving at 60-70 mph puts you at risk of serious injury or death, even in fair weather.

If you were injured or you lost someone in an accident you can accuse the other driver of negligence if they were driving at an unreasonable speed.

For instance, if the guy was going 63 mph on the highway that’s below the speed limit, so technically they’re not at fault. However, if they were driving at that speed in heavy rain or a blizzard, that is completely unreasonable and violates state statutes. If you lost someone in this type of accident, talk to an experienced Denver wrongful death lawyer and they will help you sue the irresponsible driver.

How do wrongful death claims work in Colorado?

Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims. They allow the family to recover damages just as the victim would have, had they lived. 

The family – spouse, children, or parents – can seek economic and non-economic damages.

Under economic damages, the family can recover funeral and burial expenses, lost income as well as the value of the services the deceased provided in the household. If the victim spent some time in hospital after the accident, the family can recover medical expenses as well. 

There is no cap on economic damages. However, in Colorado non-economic damages meant to compensate you for loss of companionship and emotional distress are capped at $571,870. 

If you lost someone in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, talk to an experienced lawyer at the Bryan & Terrill law firm which offers help to bereaved families in the Denver area.

Contact info:

Bryan & Terrill 

333 W. Hampden Ave., #420B 

Englewood, CO 80110

(720) 923-2333

Source: Colorado State Speed Limits

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