Many seemingly harmless roads can become dangerous when a driver exceeds the speed limit. Colorado police enforce the posted speed limit in an effort to prevent a needless car accident. When drivers travel too quickly, they can easily lose control and cause significant harm to themselves and others around them.
The intersection of Murray Boulevard and Bijou street in the southeastern section of Colorado Springs is apparently notorious for accidents. Police report that, since the start of 2014, nine accidents have occurred there and seven of them since May. Yet another accident occurred there recently when a woman traveling north was said to have approached a curve too quickly. According to investigators, she attempted to overcorrect and reportedly lost control of her vehicle. She crossed into opposing traffic and drove off the road.
Her vehicle struck a man and his son who were walking together on the sidewalk. Reportedly, the young boy was pinned to a fence in front of a nearby apartment complex and died at the crash site. His father suffered serious injuries, including a ruptured spleen, numerous fractures. Part of his right leg was almost completely severed, requiring it to be amputated. The three passengers who were riding in the car were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Colorado police state that the woman was charged on suspicion of vehicular assault and homicide with respect to the car accident. The driver apparently admitted that she was speeding and was said to have been traveling over 50 mph in an area where the posted speed limit was 35 mph. All of the people injured in this accident may choose to file a claim against the driver in an attempt to cover the medical expenses as well as the pain and anguish that was endured as a result. Separately, the family of the young boy may file a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one. If liability is established, they may be entitled to financial redress to assist with expenses and other monetary losses related to this type of tragedy.
Source: The Gazette, "Accidents common at site where boy was killed by speeding car", Andrea Sinclair, July 9, 2014