Ask motorcyclists across the state of Colorado why they enjoy riding motorcycles, and they’ll most likely list a myriad of reasons why zooming down the road on two wheels is so appealing to them. However, the risks associated with riding motorcycles are well-documented and numerous. Motorcyclists are completely exposed and vulnerable, so any accident can be life-altering and, sometimes, life-ending.
Wreck claims the life of a motorcyclist
Recently, a man was sentenced to incarceration after allegedly causing and leaving the scene of a wreck that killed a motorcycle rider. The accident happened in Pueblo on Northern Avenue at the intersection with Prairie Avenue. According to reports, an SUV was headed west on Northern Avenue and attempted to turn left onto Prairie Avenue. Apparently, the SUV turned into the path of a motorcycle and caused a collision.
Police reports said the driver of the SUV then continued on Prairie Avenue without stopping and fled the scene. Tragically, the motorcyclist died a short time later at a hospital, reports said. The driver of the SUV was later located by police and received several serious charges. According to media reports, the SUV driver pleaded guilty to one count of felony reckless manslaughter in a plea deal and was recently sentenced to six years in prison.
Victims and families can take legal action
Every time motorcyclists in Colorado hit the road, they are at risk of being injured or killed in a crash. The surviving family members of the deceased motorcyclist have the right to seek damages through a wrongful death claim against the SUV driver. By working with an experienced and skilled attorney, the affected parties can increase their odds of obtaining the compensation and justice they deserve.