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Colorado car crash caused by sleeping driver?

There are several factors that contribute to car accidents, such as speed, alcohol and distracted driving. There is one other factor that caused a recent car crash on U.S. 85 in Colorado -- the driver reportedly fell asleep while he was driving. Three of the five occupants from the vehicles were killed, and the other two were injured.

The preliminary investigation shows that the car failed to make it around a curve and left the road. The car then slammed into an embankment, flew through the air and landed on its roof. Two siblings and a senior airman stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base were all killed as a result of the injuries they received during the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The other passenger suffered such severe injuries that she is still in critical condition. The driver also survived the crash and was taken to an area hospital. He was released from the hospital after being treated for his injuries. He has been charged with careless driving that led to injury and three counts of careless driving that led to death according to reports from the Colorado State Patrol.

All of the charges facing the 22-year-old driver are misdemeanors. Family and friends of all three of the deceased victims are devastated by the loss; and the future of the critically injured passenger is unknown. Medical bills, both present and future, funeral costs, lost wages and pain and suffering all add up quickly after a car crash. Our state laws provide for victims and their families to recover those financial losses through the filing of wrongful death claims and personal injury claims. Money won't erase what happened, but a successfully litigated claim could help with the recovery process.

Source: wyomingnews.com, Driver in triple fatal crash charged with careless driving, Kelsey Bray, Aug. 23, 2013

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