Most Colorado drivers have exceeded the posted speed limit at one time or another. However, when a driver goes well beyond that speed limit and drives far too fast for the roadway and any prevailing conditions, the possibility of a loss of control increases. At that point, a serious or deadly car crash can occur.
Police believe the driver in a recent accident was traveling at a high speed when it occurred. When the driver ultimately lost control of the vehicle, it sailed into the yards of two houses before crashing into a utility pole. During the accident, the passenger was thrown out of the vehicle and died as a result of the injuries he suffered.
The driver suffered unknown injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The area surrounding the scene of the accident was shut down for hours while the Technical Accident Investigation Team was brought in to conduct an investigation at the scene. At this time, the only information released is that the driver was speeding, and drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be causes of the crash. It could be some time before authorities determine what charges, if any, will be filed against the driver.
As that decision is made, the family of the deceased passenger is grieving for their loss. They may exercise their right under Colorado law to file a wrongful death claim in connection with the car crash. If they are able to prove the driver was negligent and that his negligence led to the death of their loved one, the court may award them damages such as burial and funeral costs, pain and suffering and any other damages as provided in our laws.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Joseph Palmer, 25, killed in single-car crash in Loveland early Sunday morning", Anica Padilla, April 27, 2014