Ringing in the new year with family and friends is a great way to reconnect and celebrate. Unfortunately, after the festivities, some Colorado drivers may make poor decisions and not pay attention to the road. This could cause them to drive too quickly or disregard traffic signals and signs. All of these factors can be a tragic recipe for a car accident.
During the early morning hours of Jan. 1, a southbound vehicle approaching an intersection allegedly went through a stop sign. It then went off the road into a field and became airborne. The vehicle eventually came to rest after it crashed into two unoccupied vehicles.
The driver as well as both of the passengers were transported to a medical facility for treatment. No details have yet been released as to the severity of their injuries or their current conditions. According to state troopers, neither of the passengers were wearing a seatbelt during the crash.
Colorado police are currently investigating the car accident to learn more about how it occurred, and it is not yet clear if criminal charges may be filed concerning the wreck. The passengers will likely be focusing their energies on healing from their injuries, but once they are feeling well enough, they may choose to file personal injury claims against the man deemed responsible. If they successfully establish negligence on the part of the driver, the court may award them monetary damages to help them cope with the pain and suffering they are facing as well as financial redress to help with the burden of their medical bills and other financial losses.
Source: gazette.com, "Three injured in New Year's Day crash near Falcon", Stephen Hobbs, Jan. 1, 2015