10/17: Weekend I10 Freeway Closures

We aren't showing any significant closures throughout the I-10 Corridor for the weekend. Make sure you drive safe and drive smart, Arizona. Remember to stay updated here as we will continue to post the latest closures if any are reported in the very near future.

10/17: Wrong-way wreck closes EB I-10 west of downtown Phoenix

A wreck west of downtown Phoenix closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 early Friday morning, and authorities expected the closure to remain in place through the morning rush hour, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The wreck forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of I-10 at the interchange with Interstate 17 and includes the ramps linking I-17 with the eastbound lanes of I-10. Police began receiving emergency calls at about 2 a.m. reporting a car driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near State Route 143, said Raul Garcia, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

By 2:08 a.m., the car had continued driving against traffic in the westbound lanes, moving through the downtown area, before it collided with another car near Seventh Avenue, Garcia said. Three other cars drove through the wreckage shortly after the collision and hit debris and the two vehicles involved in the initial wreck, Garcia said.

Four people were taken to hospitals with injuries that varied from serious to critical, he said. Police said the suspect driver is a 25-year-old woman and investigators believe impairment may have played a factor, Garcia said.

The wreck was expected to keep the eastbound lanes of I-10 closed for hours, Garcia said. By 6:30 a.m., ADOT was reporting a backup that started downtown and extended to 67th Avenue.

The closure extends to Seventh Avenue, according to ADOT, where drivers can re-enter the eastbound lanes of I-10. The westbound lanes of I-10 remained open.

Who's responsible for debris that injures you on the freeway?

You see it time and time again. Debris that has been left on freeways and usually just pushed to the shoulder. 

What makes Debris on the freeway so dangerous is the rate of speed that you are driving. It gives you little time to react to what's on the road. 

If you happen to hit some debris, and you are injured, what happens? Who's responsible for it? 

In Arizona, Arizona Revised Statute, §28-1098 states:

1.  A person shall not drive or move a vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is 
constructed or loaded in a manner to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping from the vehicle.

2.  A person shall not operate a vehicle on a highway with a load unless the load and any covering on the load are securely fastened in a manner to prevent the covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manners a hazard to other users of the highway.

That means if you are injured due to highway debris, you must prove that it came from a specific vehicle. In some instances, proof is needed to show that the responsible vehicle was negligent in some manner.

If you cannot locate the responsible party of the Debris, you may be able to state a claim with their own insurance company under the Uninsured Motorist Coverage. 

Witnesses are also key. It's possible that freeway debris was caused in any number of ways and can be hard to locate the origin of it. 

Having an experienced personal injury attorney will come in handy in this situation. There are many variables involved and without the right procedures, something may be left out which could make all the difference in your case. Make sure you know your rights.