In Colorado, when a person is injured by another, the victim has the legal right to seek compensation for damages and suffering. Car accidents are a significant cause of injuries due to negligence. They can happen in an instant and elements like speeding or impairment can increase the damages exponentially.
In one recent accident involving two vehicles, one man was injured and another killed in a collision. It happened in the town of Rifle. The Colorado State Patrol says speed may have been a factor, though the investigation is still under way to determine exactly what led up to the fatal wreck.
What is known is that it happened around 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 10. Authorities say a 26-year-old man lost control of his car. The vehicle began skidding around a curve and went right into the opposing lane of traffic. As it was sliding sideways it was struck by an SUV. The impact killed the man in the car and injured the SUV driver.
Officials say the 26-year-old in the car reportedly died at the scene. The SUV driver sustained non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Grand River hospital to be treated. Luckily, those were the only two individuals involved in the accident. According to the police reports, the driver of the car was not properly restrained. The driver of the SUV however was using his seatbelt, which may have helped reduce the injuries.
Whenever car accidents occur and someone is injured, they may be able to file a personal injury claim against the other party involved. In this case the estate of the deceased may be held liable for the damages to the other driver, if investigators determine that negligence was a factor.
Source: Post Independent, "Head-on crash kills 26-year-old man," Oct. 11, 2012