It may soon be tougher to sue the Utah Department of Transportation over poor road design or conditions that contribute to crashes.
The Senate voted 28-0 on Monday to pass SB50, and sent it to the House. Its sponsor, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said it would reverse a Utah Supreme Court decision last that he says makes it easier to sue the state anytime a potentially dangerous road condition contributes to an accident.
The decision arose from a 2004 accident in Layton where victims say the state should have had a barrier on Interstate 15 to stop cars from crossing into opposing traffic. Hillyard has said fiscal analysts figure the state could lose $1 million in lawsuits a year without the bill from people contending any form of dangerous condition should have been fixed and avoided.