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Car accidents: Victim of fatal crash identified

Colorado State Patrol has issued a statement identifying the victim of a fatal car wreck in El Paso County. A 20-year-old man from Colorado Springs died after presumably causing an accident that involved three vehicles. Several others sustained injuries of ranging severity in the incident, and as with the victims of all car accidents in this state and across the country, they retain the right to seek compensation for the damages they incurred.

The accident happened in the afternoon of May 20. According to reports, the 20-year-old man was attempting to pass another vehicle on U.S. 24 when his sedan collided with an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. A vehicle behind the SUV subsequently ran into the back of the SUV, pushing the car off the road.

The 20-year-old was apparently the only occupant of his vehicle, and despite reports that he was wearing his seat belt, he succumbed to his injuries at the crash scene. The driver of the SUV and his two passengers all suffered injuries and were reported to be in serious condition at a local hospital. Of the third car involved, its occupants -- a 24-year-old driver and two passengers -- sustained minor injuries and were treated at a hospital.

Although officials do not suspect alcohol or speed contributed to the accident, the sedan driver's action of attempting to pass a car without safe distance to do so may constitute negligence on his part in causing this latest of fatal car accidents in Colorado. If his negligence can be established, the injured victims may be able to recoup their financial losses through a successful civil lawsuit against the decedent's estate and any other parties with ownership interest in his vehicle. By consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney, they can gain a full understanding their rights and options and begin the process of seeking restitution in court.

Source: The Gazette, "Authorities ID victim of fatal three-car crash on U.S. 24", OLIVIA PRENTZEL, Accessed on June 3, 2020

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