Yesterday, another fatal crossover accident occurred on I-10 near milepost 221, near Picacho Peak. This accident occurred within what we like to call “the zone.” It refers to a stretch of Arizona highway with no median barriers.
Starting at milepost 1, entering Arizona from California, a standard yellow sign warns drivers that there are “No Median Barriers” in this case, for 120 miles. We know of at least four other sets of warning signs with varying parameters all over Arizona, including I-10 and I-40.
There are two “zones” on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix.
Have you noticed the signs? The State of Arizona put them up at the end of December 2015. Coincidentally, the Leader Law Firm had a large jury verdict against the State of Arizona in December of 2015. This verdict was the second of two cases that the Leader Law Firm settled against the State of Arizona.
Two different Maricopa County juries have returned large verdicts against the state in cases involving fatal crossover accidents on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix.
The accidents occurred in virtually the same place-milepost 171. Each fatal crossover accident occurred where there is no median barrier in place to stop vehicles from crossing over. These are not the only crossover fatalities to occur on this stretch of I-10.
We live here in Tucson. We drive I-10 all the time, along with thousands of other Arizonans. Every time we drive on I-10, we think of the cases that ended in tragedy.
Nothing has been done, to date, to improve the highway in this stretch or put in any median barriers.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family that suffered a loss in yesterday’s accident on I-10.
We will continue to hold the State of Arizona accountable and continue our efforts to make I-10 a safer for everyone.