As we climb into our vehicles and travel to see loved ones this holiday season, it can be easy to forget the risks that accompany road travel. For most Colorado residents, driving is a central aspect of our daily lives, and we can become complacent in our actions. One recent car accident serves as a reminder of the dangers that occur while on the road and a warning to all of us to take the time to drive safely and carefully, with consideration for those with whom we share the road.
The crash took place in Colorado Springs, at the intersection of Garden of the Gods Road and Mark Dabling Boulevard. Authorities say a Jeep was attempting to make a left turn onto Mark Dabling when a collision occurred with a Saturn sedan. It is believed that the driver of the Saturn then hit the gas instead of the brakes, and subsequently ran into the curb and became airborne, landing on top of a parked car.
The driver of the Saturn reportedly sustained a broken leg in the crash, and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. A passenger in the Saturn and the driver of the Jeep were reported uninjured in the incident. Witness reports suggest that the Saturn may have been speeding at the time of the collision. However, the only traffic citation issued in the incident at the time of this post was written against the driver of the Jeep, for making an improper left turn.
As this case is further investigated by police, additional charges may result. The driver of the Saturn may wish to move forward with a personal injury suit against the driver of the Jeep, if it appears that negligence played a causal role in the crash. A successful personal injury claim could lead to the award of monetary compensation for damages associated with the car accident, and could assist the injured driver in covering losses due to medical care, lost time from work and other damages.
Source: KRDO-TV, “Car lands atop parked car in Colorado Springs crash Tuesday,” Scott Harrison, Dec. 4, 2012