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Colorado teen dies in car crash police say he caused

A teenager may know the mechanics behind driving, but there is much more to driving than knowing how to use the steering wheel, mirrors and pedals. It takes years of experience to truly understand what a vehicle is capable of and how to maneuver it safely on Colorado roadways. Until a new driver becomes more familiar with the nuances of operating a vehicle, a car crash is a distinct possibility.

The Colorado State Police recently responded to an accident involving three cars. The car crash took place on Highway 94. According to preliminary reports, a 17-year-old driver began weaving between his lane of travel and the lane of oncoming traffic. Eventually, the teen's luck ran out, and his vehicle slammed into another car coming from the opposite direction. A secondary impact occurred when the teen's vehicle struck an SUV attempting to avoid colliding with the wreckage of the initial crash.

Fortunately, the driver of the third vehicle suffered only minor injuries. However, the driver of the car initially struck suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in the area. The teen, unfortunately, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Colorado State Police troopers do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the car crash, but do not yet understand what happened. Determining the cause of the accident is part of the official investigation, but it is not necessarily required in order for the seriously injured driver to file a personal injury claim. It is only necessary that negligence be documented to the satisfaction of the civil court hearing the claim. If that occurs, the court may consider an award of damages for medical costs, pain and suffering and lost wages, among other financial relief recognized by our laws.

Source:, "Yoder teen killed in head-on crash on Highway 94", Angela Case, June 30, 2014

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