Some Colorado drivers may have had the frightening experience of veering over the center line of a roadway and maybe even encountering oncoming traffic. This type of situation can happen for various reasons: driver fatigue or distraction, faulty vehicle mechanics or drug or alcohol use before driving. Fort Collins Police say they are investigating whether the latter was a factor in a crash that killed a woman, and if so, her family may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
The head-on collision involving two vehicles happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon. According to a police news release, a vehicle was traveling in the southbound lane when it began drifting over into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, the southbound vehicle collided head-on with a northbound vehicle.
Reportedly, a woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that was hit died as a result of the crash; the male driver of that vehicle suffered minor injuries. The male driver of the car that caused the collision suffered major injuries. Police are working to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the incident.
Sadly, car accidents involving two vehicles colliding head-on often end with at least one fatality. When completed, the investigation into this particular crash may very well reveal that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, and this reckless action led to the victim’s untimely death. If that is the case, separate from criminal charges the driver could face, the deceased victim’s family has the right to pursue the matter within the Colorado civil justice system. An attorney experienced in personal injury law can help them understand their options, including the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit. Such a suit could help the family recoup some of the substantial monetary losses they may have encountered following the accident.