A snowy Colorado Friday night turned tragic recently. Between the snow and the darkness, the driver of a SUV traveling south on Highway 93 shortly before midnight likely never saw a second SUV coming toward him, traveling north in the southbound lanes with no headlights on. The vehicles collided head-on in a violent, deadly crash. The car accident left one dead, three seriously injured and many unanswered questions.
The driver of the south-bound vehicle was a 76-year-old man. He suffered multiple broken ribs as well as spine injuries. His 73-year-old wife was in the rear passenger seat. She suffered severe head trauma and died at the scene despite attempts to resuscitate her. The two other passengers in the vehicle also suffered severe injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was a 29-year-old man who was not seriously hurt. It is unclear why he had crossed the yellow line into oncoming traffic. He refused to submit to field sobriety testing but was cooperative with police and willing to have his blood drawn to test for drugs and alcohol. According to police, when asked about alcohol, he reported that he had drunk four beers prior to getting behind the wheel. He has been charged with 11 offenses, including vehicular homicide-DUI, vehicular homicide-reckless, three counts of vehicular assault with serious bodily injuries, three counts of vehicular assault, DUI, reckless driving, and failure to display headlights.
In addition to the criminal charges the man faces, he will likely also be confronted with civil claims as well. Through civil claims, including personal injury and wrongful death claims, victims of a car accident can seek monetary compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, burial expenses, and pain and suffering. A Colorado personal injury attorney can assist the victims and their families in determining their best course of action and how to recover their expenses through civil claims and insurance company compensation.