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Family may file wrongful death claim after fatal Colorado crash

There are many events that can lead people to think that they are owed some form of restitution from other individuals. This type of mindset often comes in the aftermath of fatal car accidents. When a driver's negligence or recklessness results in the death of a loved one, family members often want to seek justice and compensation, and a wrongful death claim can often help them do that.

This type of claim could result due to a fatal crash that recently took place in Colorado. According to reports, only one vehicle was involved in the incident, and authorities do believe that speed was a contributing factor. Details on the accident itself were few, but it was mentioned that the vehicle crashed into a tree and was sheared in half.

Tips that can help a brain injury heal

You get in a serious car accident. While you only suffer physical injuries that should heal completely in time, your spouse suffers a serious brain injury. The doctors warn you that healing may take time or may never come at all.

It's difficult to think about. You want to do everything in your power to help your spouse get back to who he or she was before the accident. You start looking into what types of actions will promote brain healing.

How can marijuana use lead to auto accidents?

Since Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana use, the substance has gained even more widespread acceptance. Stores selling the drug can be seen just about everywhere. Yet, simply because the substance has become legal does not mean that it is entirely safe. This is especially true when marijuana use is combined with driving a motor vehicle.

While alcohol still claims the top spot as the most widely used drug amongst those who drive while impaired, marijuana comes in second. It is estimated that there are about 7,000 new marijuana users in the U.S. every day, which is disturbing given the effects that it can have on one's driving ability. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana can slow reaction time, impair coordination and cause memory loss. But the effects don't stop there. A driver who is under the influence of marijuana may also have trouble making decisions, possess a distorted perception and suffer from impaired decision-making.

Wrongful death: Passenger killed when drunk driver runs red light

Impaired drivers are everywhere. Sometimes they are easily spotted because of their erratic driving, and other times, serious car accidents take place before anyone even knows what is happening. In too many of these incidents, drunk drivers cause crashes that lead to fatalities and possible wrongful death claims.

It was recently reported that a fatal accident took place in Colorado. A 31-year-old man was driving a vehicle west when he failed to stop at a red traffic light. As a result, a vehicle traveling south crashed into the passenger side of the man's vehicle. There was a 36-year-old passenger in the vehicle that ran the red light. That person suffered fatal injuries in the accident, and he was declared dead at the accident site.

Legal action may be justified after hitting livestock in Colorado

Driving on Colorado's rural roads may seem relatively safe. After all, there are few vehicles to pose a threat, and the roads are often straight. Yet, even these sometimes-desolate roads can prove to be dangerous. This is because Colorado is an open range state, meaning that livestock owners are not required to fence their properties to keep their animals there. In fact, the law only requires property owners to put up fences if they want to prevent property damage from others' livestock that are free-ranging.

With livestock on the loose across Colorado, motorists are at risk of hitting a wide variety of animals, including cattle and sheep. The result can be sheer devastation. An individual's car can be severely damaged, but the driver and his or her passengers can also suffer extensive harm. Head and neck injuries are very real possibilities, as are other physical injuries such as lacerations, broken bones and torn ligaments. Because of these livestock auto accidents, victims can be left with physical limitations, emotional harm and financial losses from medical expenses and lost wages.

Wrongful death claim may stem from fatal pedestrian accident

When a person is hit by a vehicle, there is little chance that he or she will walk away unscathed. More likely, a pedestrian will suffer serious or fatal injuries due to the lack of protection against vehicles. Depending on the circumstances of such an event, surviving family members may have reason to file a wrongful death claim if the accident does prove fatal.

It was recently reported that an accident in Colorado involving a pedestrian had fatal outcomes. The incident took place before 7 a.m., but details regarding the accident itself were not given in the report. It did state that a pedestrian was struck by a van that was heading west at the time of the incident. The pedestrian was described as a middle-aged man.

We stand ready to aggressively pursue wrongful death claims

Recently on the blog we discussed a fatal accident that left two Colorado teens dead. Sadly, traffic fatalities continue to strip far too many people away from their loved ones. While some of these fatal car accidents are determined to truly be accidental in nature, a significant number of them are caused by the negligence of others. Motorists who are drunk, tired, high or distracted can have diminished driving abilities that puts others at risk.

Family members who lose loved ones to car accidents caused by these negligent drivers can struggle to find a way forward. The emotional loss inflicted upon them is nothing short of overwhelming. They can lose the companionship and emotional support of their loved one, and the mere thought of never being able to hear their loved one laugh again is enough to leave a surviving family member utterly devastated. As if that isn't enough, a fatal car crash can also leave a family struggling financially. Funeral costs, medical expenses and lost wages can all play a role in the surviving family's sudden financial instability.

Understanding delayed onset injuries suffered in an accident

Victims who survive serious traffic accidents may be in more danger than they realize, particularly those who do not feel any pain or see signs of injury. While it is possible to experience a car accident without receiving serious injuries, there is a very good chance that such victims did actually suffer harm, but cannot feel it yet.

The wisest and most direct way to address this risk is to see a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident. If you experienced a car accident in the last several hours or days, you should not put off professional medical care. A thorough examination allows a doctor or other medical professional to look carefully for delayed onset injuries, potentially saving your life or helping you avoid unnecessary suffering in the future.

The many financial consequences of a car crash spinal cord injury

Any car crash that results in an injury can have a devastating impact on your life. When the injury affects either your brain or your spinal cord, the consequences can be farther reaching than you can even imagine. Your brain controls everything you do, making brain injuries some of the most debilitating and worrisome.

Spinal cord injuries are incredibly difficult to recover from physically. After all, your spinal cord is the conduit by which your brain communicates with the rest of your body.

Car accidents often claim lives of young people

Teenagers are often excited to get their driver's licenses and to have the ability to drive themselves and their friends to their desired destinations. Of course, these drivers are inexperienced and are commonly involved in car accidents. Unfortunately, some young people may even lose their lives in these incidents.

It was reported that an accident in Colorado involving a car and a semitrailer recently took place. The driver of the car was a 17-year-old male, and there was also a 17-year-old female passenger in the vehicle. The driver reportedly lost control of the car and traveled into the opposite lane. After this happened, the vehicle was hit by a semitrailer operated by a 51-year-old man. 

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