Readers may be saddened to hear of a fatal motor vehicle accident that happened in Colorado on April 28. The car accident tragically left three young teenagers dead and injured at least three others. The 36-year-old driver of the vehicle, in which two of the teenagers were riding, is currently in custody.
The accident reportedly happened when the driver, who suffered only minor injuries, struck another car. Of the two injured teenagers, one of them, a 14-year-old girl, received significant injuries after being thrown 100 feet in the collision, and she suffered several fractures in her legs that may prevent her from walking again for some time, if ever. After paramedics airlifted her to a hospital in Denver, she was temporarily placed on ventilators. The second survivor, a 13-year-old girl, had a broken ankle and other injuries as a result of the collision.
Unfortunately, for the families of the three teenagers who died, there is nothing that can provide amends for their immense loss. Losing a son or daughter, especially one so young, is a tragedy that a parent can never fully recover from. However, it may be possible to hold the 36-year-old driver accountable for his actions.
When a victim is injured or killed in a car accident in Colorado, they or their family may be able to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault party. Through a civil claim, it might be possible to recoup monetary compensation, such as medical or funeral expenses. In this case, the driver is being held in custody, which may mean that police believe that he negligently caused the incident. If so, then the driver may additionally be civilly liable.
Source: The Pueblo Chieftain, “Teen stable following crash,” Anthony A. Mestas, May 1, 2012