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Wrongful death lawsuit filed after 2 collide on ski slope

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Snow skiing in Colorado is one of the state's most enjoyed pastimes. While fun for most people on the slopes, there is an element of danger, especially on the trails established for the more advanced skiers. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed after a fatal collision that occurred toward the end of last year's ski season. The claim has named several defendants and is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages.

According to the lawsuit, a 16-year-old boy was skiing much too fast on the trail above a 43-year-old man. The teen not only caught up to the man but ran into him from behind. The force of the collision killed the man, although the suit did not specify at which point the man died. The suit contends the only reason there was a collision was because the teen had been going too fast. As stated by the Colorado Ski Safety Act, skiers who are uphill have the responsibility of ensuring they do not collide with those on the trail below them.

The boy was on the slopes as part of his school's competitive ski team. His school, the ski team coach, the boy and his mother are all named as defendants in the lawsuit. The wife of the deceased man filed the claim.

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks financial redress from those deemed negligent in a manner that caused or materially contributed to the death of another person. The amount sought may include claims for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, loss of future income potential and other damages recognized by applicable laws. As there is a time limit on the filing of these types of claims, those in Colorado needing representation will want to contact an experienced professional as soon as possible.

Source: kdvr.com, "Teen in deadly collision at Breckenridge Ski Resort being sued for wrongful death", Anica Padilla, Sept. 22, 2016

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