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Car accidents: 1 badly hurt in Colorado crash

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A two-car crash has sent one person to the hospital in critical condition, according to local sources. The accident apparently occurred on the early morning of Jan. 28 near the Colorado Springs Airport. So far no charges have been announced, but as with many car accidents, this one remains under investigation. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it appears an unidentified driver was traveling northbound around 4 a.m. when he apparently ran a stop sign. This caused an eastbound vehicle, driven by another unidentified individual, to crash into the northbound car. The driver of the car that ran the sign was badly  hurt and was rushed to a local hospital. His injuries were described as severe. 

The other driver apparently suffered minor injuries in the crash as well. Police do not believe speed or intoxication were factors in this accident, but their investigation is still underway. Charges could still be possible depending on the outcome of this investigation. 

It is important to note when discussing car accidents that injuries initially perceived to be minor in severity can turn into lifelong ailments. This is why even in cases where minor injuries are suffered, Colorado law allows the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court in an effort to be compensated for any injuries they suffered; in the alternative, a claim may be made against the at-fault party's insurance company. Criminal charges or convictions are not necessary prerequisites to a civil case of this nature, but appropriate evidence of the driver's negligence regarding the accident and associated injuries must be provided if the court is to rule in favor of the plaintiff. 

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