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Impairment from drugs or alcohol common cause of car accidents

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Driving while impaired quite often leads to serious car accidents. Diminished capacity due to alcohol or drug consumption can affect a driver's judgement while behind the wheel and may possibly result in major damage, including loss of life. One of the recent car accidents on Colorado roads ended the life of two women after a young man allegedly decided to drink and drive.

According to a report, an 18-year-old man and his two passengers were in a vehicle on the road when he collided with another vehicle. One of the two women in the vehicle he hit was thrown from the car upon impact and died at the site of the crash. The other woman was transported to a nearby medical facility and died after her arrival there.

One of the passengers with the young man was only slightly injured and treated at a nearby hospital. Police charged the teen with several counts, including vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and reckless driving. After his arrest, he was detained at the county detention center with his bond set at $50,000.

When serious injuries or deaths from car accidents happen as a result of negligence, the injured themselves or the families of those who were killed may decide to pursue financial compensation. An award from a personal injury lawsuit can help in paying medical costs, replace lost wages, or offset funeral and burial expenses. A Colorado resident may need the services of a skilled professional to help navigate the legal waters and to ensure his or her rights are protected.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Teen arrested for DUI in Centennial crash that killed 2 women", Oscar Contreras, April 2, 2016

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