If you're living in Colorado, then you're familiar with the weather-related crashes that have been taking place around the state due to the current snow levels. A Nov. 10 report stated that several weather-related crashes took place in the Denver metro area and in the mountains of the state.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has reported that eastbound Interstate 70 was blocked by one multi-vehicle crash with at least nine total vehicles in the roadway. Another roadway that was blocked was westbound I-70. There, several accidents near the Eisenhower Tunnel made it impossible to pass.
The Colorado State Patrol reported one instance of one of their patrol cars being damaged on Twitter. The image showed the front of the cruiser crushed. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the trooper inside suffered moderate injuries after a semi-truck hit the vehicle. The police didn't report if they were going to file charges against the semi-truck driver for the incident or if it was strictly related to weather.
Even in cases where the weather is severe, drivers need to be mindful of others. When snow and ice are on the roads, slowing down and driving carefully are the best ways to avoid crashing or having near-misses. Visibility was reduced on the day of these crashes, resulting in some difficulty driving, but drivers who are on the roads need to remember to take their driving slower on days with poor weather conditions. If you're hurt in a situation where the weather is bad but another driver was being reckless in the elements, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, even though weather can be attributed to causing the accident to some degree.
Source: 9 News, "Weather-related crashes snarl traffic" Allison Sylte and Robert Garrison, Nov. 10, 2014