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Car accidents: Several injured in Colorado

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A serious crash in Colorado Springs has sent several people to the hospital and left one driver with a citation, according to local and state police. Colorado authorities were dispatched to the scene of the crash that reportedly involved three vehicles. As with most car accidents causing injury, this incident is still being investigated.

Police say on the evening of May 21, a westbound dump truck was traveling on Interquest Parkway while loaded with asphalt. An SUV carrying several passengers as well as a 10-passenger van were both waiting to make left and right-hand turns respectively. The SUV reportedly pulled out in front of the dump truck, causing the initial collision.

The force of the impact pushed both the SUV and the passenger van into a concrete sign, trapping several people in both vehicles. Emergency services were able to extricate everyone, with two people being taken to local hospitals. Thankfully, their injuries were not described as serious. The SUV driver was cited for an improper left-hand turn.

When car accidents cause injuries, even reportedly minor ones, the long-term implications of those injuries are not always immediately apparent. Even seemingly minor injuries can lead to health problems further down the line, which is why even in the absence of formal criminal charges, Colorado law allows those injured in car accidents to file personal injury suits in civil court against the driver or drivers believed responsible. These suits require evidence of negligence that either caused or materially contributed to the accident before the court will award damages to the plaintiff/s.

Source: koaa.com, "Three-car crash results in numerous injuries on Interquest Parkway", Rachael Wardwell, May 22, 2018

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