Drinking and driving receives a great deal of attention from law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups, here in Colorado and nationwide. One of their missions is to do what they can to keep people from getting behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking. A car crash in which one of the drivers was apparently impaired might have been avoidable.
On a recent Friday, an SUV and a car collided at approximately 4 a.m. Police suspect one of the drivers was driving under the influence of alcohol. However, officers did not say which driver is believed to have been drinking.
Reports indicate that three people were involved in the accident. A driver and passenger were in the SUV, and the car was occupied by the driver. The SUV driver suffered fatal injuries. The passenger apparently escaped serious injury, reportedly because he was properly restrained with a seatbelt. The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries described as serious.
The current conditions of the survivors are not known. The police closed the road in order to conduct the onsite investigation. Whether any charges will be filed in the case is likely dependent on the outcome of the official investigation.
Of course, if the deceased driver was at fault, no criminal charges will be filed. If the deceased driver was responsible for this Colorado car crash, the seriously injured driver may file a personal injury claim. The passenger may also be eligible to file a personal injury claim against whichever driver is deemed to have been at fault. If the surviving driver turns out to have caused the accident, the family of the driver that died may pursue a wrongful death claim.
Source: CBS Denver, "Alcohol May Have Factor In Fatal Crash In Arvada", , May 23, 2014