One would think that driving in the wrong direction on a major highway or interstate would be a difficult mistake to make. Yet, wrong-way drivers cause thousands of accidents every year in Colorado and around the country. Wrong-way drivers often cause head-on collisions, which are some of the most deadly types of car accidents.
A recent fatal crash on a well-traveled Denver roadway has been attributed to a driver heading in the wrong direction. The accident happened during the early morning hours in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near 8th Avenue. According to police reports, a vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes and slammed head-on into a vehicle that was headed north.
Authorities said the driver of the northbound vehicle died at the scene of the crash while a passenger was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the southbound vehicle was injured and, according to Denver police, could be charged with vehicular homicide. While the accident was being investigated, a police officer’s car was reportedly struck by another vehicle. Reports said the officer was hurt but, fortunately, his injuries were not believed to be serious.
Legal options for family members
Wrong-way crashes are not only preventable, but they are usually caused by careless or negligent drivers. When a person is killed in a Colorado accident caused by the negligence of another party, immediate family members can speak with an experienced attorney about their options for legal recourse. Damages from a successful wrongful death claim could help families pay medical and end-of-life expenses.