There’s nothing wrong with enjoying an alcoholic beverage every now and then. However, there is something very wrong, and illegal, about drinking and driving. Every year, thousands of people in Colorado tell themselves they are okay to drive after having a few drinks. Although alcohol can impair judgment, nearly every adult knows driving under the influence of alcohol is incredibly dangerous.
Tragic accident caused by impaired driver
Recently, a senseless accident near Castle Rock claimed the lives of two people. The accident happened at night in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25. Apparently, a car with four occupants had broken down on the shoulder of the roadway. An officer with the Colorado State Patrol stopped to assist the motorists. According to the officer, two motorists were standing outside the vehicle, and he told them to get in the vehicle for safety.
As he walked away, the officer said a car drove onto the shoulder and hit the two motorists, instantly killing them. Authorities said the driver of the car was checked for injuries at a local hospital, then placed under arrest on suspicion of impaired driving. Reportedly, the driver was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, among other charges.
Family members can seek legal recourse
Tragically, these two lives were senselessly lost because of one person’s reckless choice to drive while intoxicated. In Colorado, the immediate family members of those who are killed due to acts of negligence have the option to speak with an attorney and pursue rightful damages. A successful wrongful death claim could supply families with much-needed compensation to help with medical and end-of-life expenses.