Most people understand that driving is a privilege, not a right, and as such, licensed drivers need to do all they can to ensure they, their passengers and people they encounter along their route remain safe. This attention to safety includes not only obeying all traffic laws during the act of driving, but also avoiding mind-altering substances before driving. Likely, all Colorado residents are fully aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, but some still ignore the facts and indulge in these substances before getting behind the wheel. Too often, such an error in judgment leads to tragedy. The driver of a vehicle that killed a pedestrian is suspected of driving under the influence and, in addition to criminal charges, may also find himself facing a wrongful death lawsuit.
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.
Many Colorado residents find pleasure in riding a bicycle, either as a relatively inexpensive transportation alternative to motorized vehicles or simply for leisure and exercise. Often, bicyclists will travel off-road, on trails and such, to enjoy nature and avoid traffic. However, sometimes cyclists travel on the same roadways as cars and trucks, and when a collision occurs, unfortunately, the cyclist does not usually fare well. Such was the case when a bicyclist was killed after being struck by a vehicle, and his family may now have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Many Colorado residents ride their bicycles for both transportation and recreation throughout the state. While driving on streets or roads with other traffic, they certainly expect that motorists will be aware of their presence and travel near them with precaution. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a cyclist in Montrose County, where he was struck and killed by an impaired driver. The victim's family may decide to pursue wrongful death litigation due to the alleged actions of the driver.
Police in Colorado Springs have confirmed the death of a 62-year-old man after he was hit while riding his bicycle. The Colorado Springs resident was badly injured in a collision with a car and later died of his injuries. His family appears to have grounds to file a wrongful death suit against the motorist involved in the crash, separately from any criminal charges that are filed.
One person is dead and three more have been hospitalized following a serious accident in Denver. Colorado authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the crash, after he allegedly fled the scene. Criminal charges have been filed, and the victims and their families will be entitled to file personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against him as well.
Two people lost their lives during the evening of Aug. 30, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The accident reportedly occurred on state Highway 9 and involved two vehicles. One woman has been taken into custody for alleged drunk driving in this case, and the families of the deceased may be considering filing wrongful death lawsuits in addition to the criminal charges.
One woman is dead and a 21-year-old man is in custody following a motor vehicle accident. According to the Colorado State Police, the man is believed to have been driving drunk at the time of the crash. Separate from the criminal case against him, the family of the deceased woman may also choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in civil court for his role in the tragedy.
An 18-year-old driver is facing serious charges following a car accident that claimed the life of another teen, according to local sources. The Colorado State Patrol said the driver suffered only minor injuries in the car crash that killed a 16-year-old boy. He faces charges of drunk driving, as well as vehicular homicide, and state law allows the family of the deceased teen to file a wrongful death lawsuit as well.
Police officers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. As they begin their shift each day they risk being shot by a suspect, targeted for their role as a law enforcer or involved in a high-speed chase gone wrong. Around every corner is another opportunity to be hurt or worse. This was unfortunately the truth for a Colorado State Patrol trooper who was recently accidentally killed while performing his duties. It is now possible that the person responsible for the accident may face a wrongful death lawsuit for their actions.