It happens more often than Colorado residents may think. A person dies because of the negligence of another party, and the family of the deceased chooses to file a wrongful death lawsuit on his or her behalf. A teenage boy was recently killed amid circumstances that could constitute grounds for a wrongful death claim. Should the family opt to pursue this type of legal action, they would have to meet the two-year deadline as required by the state's statue of limitations
The 16-year-old boy was trying to cross the street when he was hit by a car. Even though the intersection was just a few blocks from a local high school, it did not have a crosswalk. He lived for a week before he succumbed to his injuries, officially caused by blunt force trauma.
Investigators have determined the car that hit him was not speeding, nor had the driver been drinking or using drugs prior to getting behind the wheel. There are no charges pending against the driver, nor do police expect to file any in the future. The case has been ruled an accident.
When family members file a wrongful death suit, they typically seek financial redress to pay for medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident, funeral and burial costs and additional monetary damages recognized by applicable law. There are several parameters that apply to these types of lawsuits. An experienced attorney who knows the laws of Colorado can guide family members in their endeavor to obtain financial relief in such difficult circumstances.
Source: koaa.com, "Teenager dies one week after being hit by car", Feb. 8, 2017