A serious car accident on U.S. 285 near Alamosa has resulted in multiple injuries and suspicion of criminal conduct on the part of one of the drivers involved. According to Colorado State Patrol, the two-car accident may have been the result of speeding and/or intoxication. Car accidents involving intoxication are often more dangerous due to the level of negligence that is sometimes involved.
A 32-year-old man was headed north in an SUV with four passengers when the accident occurred. The driver is said to have lost control, causing the vehicle to rear-end a pickup truck heading in the same direction. The collision caused the pickup truck to careen off the west side of the highway. The SUV rolled off the east side of the highway landing on its top.
All four passengers in the SUV were taken to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center with injuries. Two of the individuals reportedly remained hospitalized with serious injuries, while two others were released. None of the passengers in the SUV were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck also sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from the same hospital. The driver who lost control of his vehicle was seriously injured and airlifted to a Denver hospital.
Preliminary reports suggest the first driver may have been intoxicated or speeding, all too common occurrences in many Colorado car accidents. If the ongoing investigation confirms those suspicions, he will likely be charged criminally. Apart from those proceedings, anyone injured in the collision may have rights under our state's personal injury laws to pursue claims for damages. If an injured party is able to establish by competent proof that the accident was caused due to the negligence of the man who lost control of his vehicle, a Colorado civil court will consider claims for damages claimed to have been sustained as a result.
Source: chieftain.com, "6 hospitalized after 2-car crash," Matt Hildner, Dec. 12, 2012