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Number of fatalities from car accidents exceeded from last year

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A county in Colorado is surpassing a record from last year that it does not want to exceed. According to official files for Weld County, there have been three more fatalities from car accidents than this same time last year. A recent fatal crash has been attributed to speed, according to the State Patrol.

An SUV was traveling on Interstate 76 when it rolled over. According to a CSP trooper, the SUV rolled when the driver overcorrected after heading too far toward the shoulder of the road. The five passengers were thrown from the vehicle but the driver, the only one wearing his seat belt, remained inside.

Responding emergency personnel found two of the passengers, both minors, dead at the scene. The driver and the only other adult, a female, were taken to two different hospitals with serious injuries. The two remaining survivors, both minors, were transported by helicopter to a children's hospital for treatment. Although the crash investigation is ongoing, the authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the wreck.

Too many car accidents happen because of the negligence of a driver. The preliminary evidence in this case suggests speeding contributed to the crash. If that assessment is confirmed during the course of the investigation, civil causes of action for wrongful death and personal injury likely exist against the driver and anyone else with an ownership interest in the SUV. A parent or legal guardian may be designated to act in a Colorado court on behalf of any underage victims, and the surviving families of the deceased victims may proceed on behalf of their legal estates.

Source: greeleytribune.com, "Colorado State Patrol investigating speed as cause of Hudson crash that killed two, injured four on Sunday", Allison Dyer Bluemel, Sept. 7, 2015

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