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Victims have right to file lawsuit after car accidents

Many circumstances can cause car accidents. When one or more drivers are impaired by an illegal substance, are not completely focused on the road or have a medical condition that may flare up at the worst times, car accidents are inevitable. Colorado State Patrol troopers are continuing the investigation of a recent accident involving a fatality.

The official report on the incident stated the driver of a white pickup truck heading west on I-70 crossed the median and hit four vehicles in the eastbound lanes. A news helicopter flying over the scene reported the vehicles scattered across the interstate lanes. There was significant destruction to several vehicles and minimal damage to two others.

Car accidents often the result of drinking and driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious consequences, often resulting in car accidents. DUI car accidents can lead to jail time, heavy fines or lawsuits, or even permanent physical injury. Some Colorado parents are questioning why a repeat DUI offender has been allowed to continue to drive after causing an accident that put their 12-year-old daughter in ICU for four days.

The girl was walking with a friend in the middle of the afternoon when the 33-year-old driver hit her and fled the scene. She required emergency surgery for her injuries, and the driver spent one night in jail for suspicion of drunk driving. His record shows he has two more arrests, the second just one month prior to this incident, and both for the same infraction.

Injuries incurred in truck accidents prompt lawsuits

Driving a semitruck is not easy. It takes more time to gain speed and come to a complete stop than a much smaller vehicle. Navigating around curves and corners, traffic congestion and parking lots often takes nerves of steel. Drivers of these unwieldy transporters can easily find themselves as the cause of truck accidents. One of Colorado's most recent semitruck accidents resulted in injuries for two people.

The mid-afternoon accident happened when the truck driver did not correctly assess an upcoming curve and steered his vehicle into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck before leaving the road. The semi came to a stop with the trailer partially blocking the road. The pickup truck was forced off the road by the impact and hit a shed.

Car accidents may be caused by various distractions

Although the campaign against using cell phones while driving is certainly justified, the truth is there are many things can distract drivers. Unfortunately, many people have found that simply not keeping focus on the road can lead to car accidents. One of the recently reported car accidents in Colorado has led to the death of a man in Denver.

A report on the incident states that the 28-year-old driver of a red sedan was yelling out her car window to a person on the sidewalk, possibly her boyfriend. The distraction caused her vehicle to jump a curb and hit the traffic light located on the sidewalk. It then crashed into a car waiting for the light to turn green, the impact killing the other driver.

Lawsuit an option after fatal car accidents

There is a responsibility of all drivers to be alert to present and potential dangers on the road. Ignoring signs of a roadway hazard can result in serious car accidents. Whether those car accidents happen because of an act of nature, another accident or impaired driving, the person deemed to be at fault can face considerable consequences. Colorado State Patrol troopers are continuing to investigate an accident that killed one man.

Several vehicles were stopped on Interstate 76 as crews were attempting to clean a fly ash spill that had occurred earlier. A man driving a pickup truck came upon the scene but did not stop in time. He crashed into the rear end of a full-size SUV, causing that vehicle to hit the mid-size SUV in front of it.

Motorcycle accidents may result in financial woes for victims

There have been many campaigns over the years, especially on social media, that warn automobile drivers to remain aware of motorcycles riders sharing the roads as one means of helping prevent motorcycle accidents. No matter the pleas for safety, motorcycle accidents causing serious injury or death are still prevalent across the country. A recent nighttime accident has left one Colorado man fighting for his life.

According to a Colorado State Patrol report, the man was riding his motorcycle when he suddenly hit a sedan. Rescue personnel responding to the scene treated the man and then transported him to a medical facility just a few miles away. His injuries were considered to be life-threatening. Details of the collision were sparse.

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.

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