Tragically, a woman lost her life after she was struck by a car on the morning of Aug. 5. Police in Colorado Springs are not expected to press charges against the driver involved. However, there still may be legal recourse available to the woman's family. In fatal car accidents, a wrongful death lawsuit may appropriate when the evidence suggests that a driver's negligence was the cause of the crash.
According to the accident report, the 36-year-old woman was crossing an intersection in Colorado Springs when the impact occurred. A sedan headed northbound apparently had a green light as it entered the intersection. The vehicle struck the woman, causing serious injury.
The woman was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead a few days later on Aug. 9. The nature of her injuries was not released to the public. Police ruled out intoxication and reckless driving as potential causes, which means criminal charges are not likely to be forthcoming. No further information was released by police.
Just because no criminal charges are filed, some victims of car accidents or their families may still be entitled to sue the driver involved in the crash. The specifics of the accident are important, of course, and would need to be reviewed by an attorney to determine whether a family in similar circumstances has a solid case to proceed with a wrongful death suit. This would require that evidence be presented in civil court documenting that the driver was negligent in a manner that caused or materially contributed to the accident and death that resulted, in order for the court to consider awarding damages to the family.