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First responders injured after being hit by drunk driver

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2023 | Car Accidents

It’s no secret that drunk driving is a problem in Colorado. Consuming alcohol greatly slows a person’s reaction time and makes the easiest tasks virtually impossible. This is why driving under the influence of alcohol is reckless. Law enforcement does a great job of combating the problem of drunk driving, but they can’t do it all. Unfortunately, people continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, endangering themselves and everyone else around them. 

Suspected drunk driver runs into crash scene 

Recently in Adams County, a suspected drunk driver ran over and injured several first responders. The incident happened at night along Interstate 76 in the Commerce City area. Reportedly, police and firefighters responded to a single-vehicle crash in the area. According to reports, first responders had positioned blocks and other vehicles to direct traffic to the right of the crash scene.  

However, reports said the driver went through a small opening on the left shoulder and struck four individuals who were working. The first responders who were hit had to be taken by ambulance to an area hospital by other first responders, authorities said. One firefighter required surgery and remains in the hospital. Police said the driver was arrested at the scene and is likely facing serious charges. 

Help for victims and families 

Although there are strict laws in every state that prohibit driving while under the influence of alcohol, people continue to ignore these laws and think they can get away with drunk driving. Those in Colorado who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one because of a negligent driver have the right to speak with a skilled litigator about their options for recourse. Damages from a successful claim could provide financial relief and help ease the pain and suffering of victims and families. 

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