Fatal car accidents in Colorado often involve speed or alcohol

Despite the best efforts of the police and special interest groups, drivers in Colorado still driver over the speed limit or drive after drinking. This can often result in fatal car accidents. An accident that recently took place in Colorado Springs may have been caused by both speed and alcohol.

A motorcycle was traveling southbound on Colorado Springs' Union Boulevard at a high rate of speed. At the same time, an SUV heading northbound was approaching Garden Ranch Drive. As the SUV approached, it began to turn directly into the path of the motorcycle rider.

The impact was such that the motorcycle rider ended up in the passenger seat of the SUV after slamming into it. The investigation will not be complete until the question of whether the SUV driver was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash has been answered. It was established by police that the driver had been drinking, but whether that person was drunk driving remains to be seen.

As the family of the motorcycle rider prepares to bury him prematurely, they may already know that they have the right under Colorado law to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties responsible for his death. Fatal car accidents often leave families with medical bills and funeral costs. At the same time, they may leave a family without a provider. These costs and damages may be recovered in a civil action if it can be shown that someone's negligence caused or contributed to the death of that family's loved one.

Source: koaa.com, "Update: Motorcyclist killed in deadly accident off Union Boulevard," Annie Snead, July 26, 2013

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