Speed and alcohol may be factors in Colorado car crash

The Colorado State Patrol recently responded to a call regarding an accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. The section of the interstate where the car crash took place was shut down while troopers conducted their preliminary investigation into the single-car accident. During that time, emergency personnel transported one passenger and the driver to an area hospital.

Preliminary reports show that at around 5 p.m., the 35-year-old driver of the vehicle lost control. The vehicle went off the road's right shoulder and flipped over several times before finally coming to a rest. Despite the fact that everyone in the vehicle was properly restrained at the time of the accident, the driver and one passenger suffered serious injuries. The other two occupants of the vehicle suffered only minor injuries and were able to walk away from the wreckage.

The Colorado State Patrol suspects that speed and alcohol could have contributed to the accident. Depending on the results of the investigation, the driver could face vehicular assault and other criminal charges. No indication was given as to how long the investigation might take.

As the seriously injured passenger recovers from her injuries, she is undoubtedly incurring medical expenses that could quickly become expensive. In addition, she may sustain a loss of income as her injuries heal. A successfully litigated personal injury claim against the driver might result in an award of damages that could defray the costs she is incurring. Any information regarding the cause of the car crash that she can obtain from authorities may be used as evidence of the driver's negligence, which must be proven as part of a successful personal injury claim.

Source: postindependent.com, "Woman seriously injured in I-70 crash near Rifle", John Stroud, May 22, 2014

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