Car accidents on Colorado roadways lead to significant injuries

A one-vehicle car crash occurred recently near Wolcott, Colorado. Even though these types of car accidents involve only one vehicle, they often result in significant property damage and personal injury. The driver of a 1992 Honda sedan was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 6 in Colorado when he apparently drove off the roadway. The vehicle continued rolling down an embankment before landing upside down.

The driver, a 19-year-old man, was able to free himself from the vehicle and sustained only minor injuries. However, his passenger, a 34-year-old male, was trapped inside the vehicle. The passenger was eventually extricated from the car, which came to rest on its roof. He was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center, and was subsequently flown to Denver Health for treatment. There are no reports on the nature of his injuries or of his present medical condition.

While the investigation by the Colorado State Patrol is still ongoing, alcohol is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash. As of yet, no formal criminal charges have been filed in the incident, although the driver was arrested following it and held under observation at Vail Valley Medical Center.

Once police determine the causes of this crash, criminal charges may be filed. The passenger who sustained injuries as a result of the incident has the right to pursue a civil suit against the driver of the car. If there is a criminal trial in the matter, the injured passenger may be able to use evidence presented in that proceeding to assist him in pursuing a personal injury suit. Injuries sustained in car accidents can bring significant financial strain on victims and their families. In this case, the passenger stands to recover the cost of his medical treatment, any lost wages that result, as well as additional damages that stem from this incident.

Source: Glenwood Springs Post Independent, "Man airlifted to Denver after crash near Wolcott," July 30, 2012

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