Accidents involving pedestrians are common in Colorado. Sometimes the fault is on the pedestrian, and sometimes it is on the driver. There are times when pedestrians don't wait for the crosswalk signal before crossing the street -- especially if there is a large group crossing, and other times the driver either doesn't see the pedestrian or runs a red light. An accident earlier this week seems to be due to yet another reason. A driver may face a wrongful death lawsuit regarding a pedestrian accident involving driving under the influence.
Many people have DUIs on their record. Often, someone makes a bad judgement, has too much to drink before driving, gets arrested and learns from his or her mistake. Most offenders only make this mistake once. A Colorado man with a staggering six DUI convictions apparently didn't learn from his mistakes, and now he faces a huge number of charges, including murder and, most likely, wrongful death.
There are times when the family of a murder victim feel they have no control over the fate of the murderer. That is the case for the family of an Edwards, Colorado, woman. The woman's murderer has accepted a plea deal for second-degree murder and burglary, which would make it possible for him to be paroled after serving 51 years of his 68 year sentence. Her family feels this punishment is completely inadequate and fought to have the deal declined by prosecutors; however, they lost their argument, and the plea deal was accepted. Although the victim's family was not able to see man go through a criminal murder trial, they can still file a wrongful death suit and have him stand trial in civil court.
One man is dead and another is seriously injured following a serious car accident on Colorado 66 near Lyons. The Colorado State Patrol has confirmed that one person died at the scene, and that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. So far, they have not filed charges, but their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. Even if no criminal charges are filed, a wrongful death suit might still be possible.
A serious rollover crash late in the morning of June 16 has left one person dead and another seriously hurt. Colorado State Patrol responded to the fatal car crash on Interstate 25 near Colorado City. One individual was pronounced dead, and the other was taken to a local hospital. Though the cause of the accident has not been determined, criminal charges and/or a wrongful death suit may be in the cards for the driver.
A seventh-grade student was tragically killed in a crash the night of June 8. Colorado police have identified the 13-year-old student, who attended a nearby school. The driver of the pickup truck involved in the crash has been apprehended. He is now being held in a county jail on suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide, among several other charges. Even if he is not found guilty of the criminal charges, the boy's family are entitled to file a wrongful death suit against him in civil court as well.
When a loved one of a Colorado family dies in a car accident that resulted from another person's negligence, that family's financial future may be at risk. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed, but it is a complicated field of the law that is best navigated by an experienced attorney. A lawyer will be familiar with the steps to take to relieve the financial burden that follows an unanticipated death.
One woman is dead and another has been injured following a two-car crash near Austin Bluffs on the morning of April 4. Police in Colorado Springs responded to the accident that claimed the life of an unknown woman and sent a 19-year-old woman to the hospital. While police have not yet filed criminal charges, it may ultimately be possible for the family to sue for wrongful death.
One woman is dead and a man is in serious condition following a wrong-way crash on Highway 550, according to state police. Colorado authorities were called to the scene of the two-car accident that claimed the life of an 89-year-old female passenger in one of the vehicles. So far, no criminal charges have been filed against either driver, but a wrongful death suit might still be possible in civil court.
Two people who were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Garfield County have been identified by police, according to local sources. Colorado authorities responded to calls about a serious accident in Rifle that claimed the life of two passengers and injured a third. The driver may face criminal charges, and state law will also allow the families of the deceased to file wrongful death suits against him in civil court.