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SUV driver may face wrongful death suit after hitting pedestrian

Most people understand that driving is a privilege, not a right, and as such, licensed drivers need to do all they can to ensure they, their passengers and people they encounter along their route remain safe. This attention to safety includes not only obeying all traffic laws during the act of driving, but also avoiding mind-altering substances before driving.  Likely, all Colorado residents are fully aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, but some still ignore the facts and indulge in these substances before getting behind the wheel. Too often, such an error in judgment leads to tragedy. The driver of a vehicle that killed a pedestrian is suspected of driving under the influence and, in addition to criminal charges, may also find himself facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The horrific incident happened on a recent Monday evening in Colorado Springs. According to investigators, a pedestrian was attempting to cross at a crosswalk on a road just west of I-25. A man driving an SUV hit the pedestrian, who died from injuries suffered in the crash.

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It is probably safe to say that most Colorado drivers, if they became involved in a motor vehicle accident, would remain at the scene to take responsibility for their part, assist investigators and perhaps even offer help to others involved who may have been injured. In doing so, people show they are caring and compassionate and willing to be held accountable for their actions. However, not everyone reacts in such a way following a crash, and unfortunately, car accidents can bring out the worst in some people.

Recently, a man from a different state was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in a fatal Colorado crash that happened in July, 2019. Reportedly, the man had been driving his vehicle early one morning on a roadway outside of Parker when he hit a bicycle from behind. He then fled the accident scene. Sadly, the 64-year-old bicyclist that had been hit died one day later.

Head-on collision may result in wrongful death suit

Some Colorado drivers may have had the frightening experience of veering over the center line of a roadway and maybe even encountering oncoming traffic. This type of situation can happen for various reasons: driver fatigue or distraction, faulty vehicle mechanics or drug or alcohol use before driving. Fort Collins Police say they are investigating whether the latter was a factor in a crash that killed a woman, and if so, her family may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The head-on collision involving two vehicles happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon. According to a police news release, a vehicle was traveling in the southbound lane when it began drifting over into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, the southbound vehicle collided head-on with a northbound vehicle.

Road rage can easily lead to car and motorcycle accidents

Most Colorado drivers have witnessed an incident of road rage at some point during their driving history. Certainly, driving provides a high-pressure situation in itself; add in other drivers' unpredictable, erratic and often unlawful driving behaviors, and most people can probably see how such inappropriate reactions can happen. However, road rage itself is unacceptable and often leads to car or motorcycle accidents, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Road rage is suspected in a recent incident that left a motorcyclist with serious injuries when a pickup truck swerved into him on Interstate 25, apparently on purpose. Reportedly, the motorcyclist, a 54-year-old man from a different state, was traveling in the left lane of the roadway along with a few other motorcycle riders. According to one rider's dashcam video, the pickup truck driver traveled across several lanes of the interstate, ultimately swerving into the motorcycle, which then crashed into a concrete barrier and rolled over.

Colorado car accidents: 3 killed, 3 injured in rollover on I-225

When a group of friends gathers with the intention of having a good time, it often involves alcohol. And when the group needs to transport from one location to the next, many times, poor choices are made and car accidents tend to follow. This type of scenario may have been what led to a horrific crash on Interstate 225 in Denver that left three people dead and three others seriously injured.

The Colorado State Patrol responded to the single-vehicle crash on a recent Saturday afternoon. Reportedly, the vehicle carrying six people had been traveling north on I-225 when the driver lost control. It went off the shoulder and rolled three times. Unfortunately, the driver and a male passenger, both in their 20s, died at the scene.

Car accidents: Construction worker seriously injured

Most drivers, from a young age, have been told of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sadly, too often, people still make poor choices before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, resulting in tragic car accidents in many cases. A recent incident in Colorado Springs involving a pedestrian and a car left a woman with serious injuries and the driver with serious charges.

 Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department were called to the accident scene just after noon on a recent Friday. According to witnesses, a female construction worker had been hit by a vehicle. Apparently, she had been wearing a reflective vest.

Fatal bicycle crash could lead to wrongful death lawsuit

Many Colorado residents find pleasure in riding a bicycle, either as a relatively inexpensive transportation alternative to motorized vehicles or simply for leisure and exercise. Often, bicyclists will travel off-road, on trails and such, to enjoy nature and avoid traffic. However, sometimes cyclists travel on the same roadways as cars and trucks, and when a collision occurs, unfortunately, the cyclist does not usually fare well. Such was the case when a bicyclist was killed after being struck by a vehicle, and his family may now have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to a Colorado State Patrol trooper, the 57-year-old Louisville man was riding west on his bicycle on a road in Boulder County late one recent morning. He was struck by an eastbound SUV that was making a left turn at an intersection. The cyclist was transported to a local hospital, but sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival. The 67-year-old driver of the SUV, a Boulder resident, was not injured.

Colorado car accidents: Teenage driver killed, passengers injured

Colorado drivers know about the dangers that can result from even one moment of distraction when operating a motor vehicle. Car accidents can and do happen all too easily when a driver looks away from the road to change the radio station, use a cellphone or even talk with passengers. One of these actions may have been what caused a horrific crash that killed a 19-year-old and seriously injured two passengers.

The crash happened on a recent Saturday afternoon at a highway intersection in Fremont County, just west of Canon City. According to the Colorado State Patrol, a vehicle had been making a left turn into an eastbound lane when a westbound International Bus collided with it. The 19-year-old male driver of the car, who lived in a different state, was transported to a local hospital. Sadly, once there, he was pronounced dead.

Motorcycle accidents: 1 dead after Colorado Springs crash

Many Colorado residents own and enjoy a motorcycle. Some people rely on these vehicles as their main mode of transportation, while others ride them for fun and leisure. However, motorcycle accidents often do not end well, since motorcyclists are typically more vulnerable to injury than occupants of larger vehicles, such as cars and trucks. In fact, a woman on a motorcycle died from her injuries following a recent crash in Colorado Springs.

Reportedly, the incident happened late in the evening at an intersection when a car ran a red light and struck a motorcycle carrying two people. Both the motorcycle driver and the passenger were transported to a local hospital. Apparently, both victims were wearing helmets.

Car accidents: Woman in intensive care, driver faces DUI charge

Most Colorado parents, especially those with teenagers, have talked to their kids about the danger of drinking and/or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel of a car. To complete that conversation, parents may also include a warning about the danger of getting into a vehicle as a passenger with the knowledge that the driver is operating under the influence of these substances. As everyone knows, these types of situations can result in car accidents, often causing loss of life and/or serious injuries for the people involved.

As a horrific example, unfortunately, a woman is now in the hospital with multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury after she was involved in a crash near Erie. The incident happened early on a recent Sunday morning on Interstate 25. The driver lost control of his car, causing it to roll over. The injured woman, who turned 18 the day before the incident, was a passenger in that car.

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