Every driver expects and hopes that the other drivers on the road stay focused. Nevertheless, for a variety of reasons, many drivers become distracted while operating a motor vehicle. When drivers fail to pay attention, accidents happen. A distracted driver may have caused a recent car crash in Colorado that is still under investigation.
The Colorado State Patrol is attempting to ascertain what caused a large SUV to stray across the centerline on U.S. 24 in El Paso County on Dec. 12. The SUV subsequently struck another vehicle head-on. It appears the drivers were the only occupants of the two vehicles involved.
When emergency medical personnel arrived, they discovered that the 68-year-old driver of the passenger car that the SUV slammed into suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the SUV survived the crash but did not escape serious injury. A medical helicopter flew the Colorado Springs man to a nearby hospital where he was reportedly in fair condition the day after the accident. No indication was given as to whether criminal charges are being considered against the SUV driver.
Losing a family member is difficult no matter when it happens, but the loss can be even more of a shock when it occurs suddenly and without warning. Few people are prepared for such a loss -- emotionally or financially. The courts can do nothing about the grieving process, but a successfully navigated civil litigation claim may be able to help with a financial recovery. The family of the victim in this car crash retains the right to file a civil claim for the monetary damages incurred because of the accident. Receiving a monetary award could reduce the financial stress on the family, allowing them to focus on coping with their loss and how best to move forward from it.
Source: gazette.com, UPDATE: State Patrol ID's victim of fatal crash, Matt Steiner, Dec. 13, 2013