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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Car accidents cause a range of damages

With the millions of people on the road each day, there are bound to be numerous car accidents in every state. Some car accidents may result in serious injuries or fatalities, while some barely cause a scratch to the vehicles involved. Colorado State Patrol reported on a recent afternoon accident between a bus and two sedans.

The report stated a blue sedan left its northbound lane on a state highway and crossed over into traffic headed south. It collided with a bus belonging to the nonprofit organization the Developmental Disability Resource Center. The impact caused the bus to roll to one side. A red sedan, also traveling south, subsequently crashed into the blue vehicle.

Deadly car accidents often lead to lawsuits

It is not usual to see many cars out on the road in the dead of night, which may be one of the reasons some drivers are not so cautious and may not completely follow the rules of the road during that time. Those rules were put in place to prevent car accidents and to keep drivers and their passengers safe, no matter the time of day or night. One recent crash in Colorado Springs resulted in a fatality.

Around 2 a.m., the driver of a sedan apparently ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck going through the intersection. The force of the impact threw both the driver and the passenger in the sedan from the car. The female died as a result, and the male was transported to a local hospital. A report did not clarify which person was driving the vehicle.

Many car accidents are a result of bad decisions

Everyone has had to suffer the consequences of wrong choices, some worse than others. Many car accidents happen because of poor choices made before and/or while a driver is behind the wheel. One of the most recent car accidents being investigated by Colorado State Patrol troopers resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man.

A report by the CSP said the mid-afternoon crash happened when the driver of an SUV was passing several cars as he was approaching the top of a hill, which was an indicated no-passing zone. He collided head-on with a second SUV, causing both vehicles to leave the road. Responding emergency personnel found the passenger of the second SUV dead at the scene and transported the driver to a medical facility over two hours away for treatment.

Negligent driving may result in car accidents

While some car accidents are caused by acts of nature, most others are caused by negligence on the part of at least one driver. Cell phone usage, alertness of a driver or rubbernecking can all be distractions and can result in destructive car accidents. Colorado police are investigating a recent accident that led to one fatality and serious injury for others involved.

Police reports state that a Jeep SUV and a dump truck were riding side by side on the right lanes of the interstate when they collided. It is still unclear as to which vehicle left the lane in which it had been traveling, thus initiating the crash. The heavier truck pushed the Jeep onto a Jersey barrier, causing first the Jeep and then the truck to catch fire.

Fatalities in motorcycle accidents may prompt lawsuits

The rules of the road apply to everyone on the road, no matter the age and no matter the manner of transportation. Those who choose to violate those rules may cause serious damage in the form of car or motorcycle accidents. Victims who have been injured in car or motorcycle accidents often decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, while surviving families of deceased victims may opt to pursue a wrongful death claim. A 46-year-old Colorado man died recently in a crash attributed to the negligence of another person.

A spokesperson for the local sheriff's office stated the late-night accident happened when a 15-year-old was driving his ATV in the wrong direction. He was headed south in the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a motorcycle being driven by the older man. Police have not yet concluded their investigation into the incident.

Lawsuits likely to be filed after car accidents

Advertisements warning the public not to drink and drive have been around for several decades. Nevertheless, there are those who ignore the advice and get on the road after having consumed enough alcohol to impair their reaction times, increasing the chances for causing serious car accidents. Not one, but two Colorado drivers are facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence.

A driver, who police believe had been drinking beforehand, crashed his car in a single-vehicle incident. Two passers-by happened upon the scene and stopped to help him. A second driver, also believed to have been drinking, crashed into the tail of the first car, also hitting the two individuals who had come to the first driver's aid.

Many car accidents can be attributed to drug or alcohol use

Although many car accidents in Colorado are caused by the weather, the number caused solely by human error is also quite high. Cell phones, finding a decent radio station or even children are distractions that can cause people to have car accidents that cause tremendous damage. Add impairment because of drug or alcohol use, and the chances of having an accident skyrocket.

Police say a recent early evening collision may have been the result of driving under the influence on the part of a 27-year-old man. Not many details were given in a report on the accident but the man, who was driving a pickup truck, crashed into the back end of a Toyota Camry. The force of the collision caused the driver of the Camry to be thrown out of the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Serious car accidents often leads to Colorado lawsuits

It is not uncommon for lawsuits to be filed after people are injured in car accidents. Usually, however, the plaintiffs and the defendants involved in the car accidents are not well acquainted. One Colorado woman may choose to file a suit against her friend, however, after the friend apparently crashed the car in which she was a passenger.

A police car on late-night patrol encountered an oncoming speeding vehicle. The officer turned his cruiser lights on, though he did not pursue the driver. Even so, the driver apparently sped away even faster. A short time later, it was discovered that the driver had crashed his car into a median not far from where he had come across the police car. Once the driver could not go any farther in his vehicle, he fled the scene on foot and left his passenger behind.

Car accidents can claim lives of any age

People who get behind the wheel of a car have a responsibility to ensure their full attention is on the road while they are driving. Any less than complete concentration by drivers can result in car accidents. Those drivers who cause car accidents often face charges, the severity of which is determined by the cause of the collision. A Colorado high school senior was killed in an accident just a month before his graduation.

The early evening crash happened when the student was on his way home after visiting with a friend. Another driver, a 52-year-old male, riding toward the boy had intentions of making a left-hand turn, but he did not wait until the boy had passed. The front of the man's vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the boy's car.

Even minor car accidents can be fatal

Car accidents do not have to be major collisions to cause major damage. The car accidents that are considered to be "fender benders" can cause just as much harm as those that cause gridlocks on the interstate. A 2-year-old Colorado girl was killed in what would usually be considered a minor accident.

Police say the early-evening accident happened in a local parking lot. The 44-year-old driver crashed her sedan into a Honda CR-V that was parked in a parking spot. There was no explanation given by police as to the driver's justification for the accident, but they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors. The woman has been fully cooperative with police in their investigation.

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