Most Colorado drivers know the feeling of traveling behind a slower moving vehicle and wanting to pass it. People completing this maneuver must do so with extreme caution, as car accidents sometimes happen in such situations, often resulting in tragedy. Unfortunately, this was the case in a fiery crash in Cheyenne County in which eight people died.
The horrific crash happened on a recent Friday afternoon on Highway 40. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the incident began when a pickup truck traveling in the westbound lane attempted to pass another vehicle. Although the pickup was in a passing zone, it struck an east-bound vehicle head-on.
The pickup burst into flames, killing four occupants, including the driver, two adult passengers and a 9-year-old girl. Two occupants of the vehicle that was struck died at the scene. The other two occupants of that vehicle were taken to a local hospital. One of those people died on the way to the hospital, and the other person died two days later.
Car accidents involving head-on collisions, whether in Colorado or elsewhere, often claim multiple lives, and in this case, sadly, eight lives have ended suddenly, leaving family members to grieve their loss. Many people who have suddenly lost a loved one in this type of tragic situation encounter unexpected expenses at the same time as they are working through an extremely emotionally challenging time. In a case like this one, although the driver who appears to be responsible for the crash also died, his or her estate could be held accountable. Often, survivors seek legal guidance from an attorney experienced in personal injury law who can review the case details and inform them of their options, including the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit.