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Vicarious liability claims may help support auto accident victims

Most Coloradans who have been injured in an auto accident feel like they have been cheated. In the blink of an eye, they have to find a way to cope with an enormous amount of pain and suffering, while at the same time, securing the funds needed to pay for medical care and rehabilitation. This can be enormously difficult when an individual is unable to work in the weeks, months or years following their auto accident, which can lead to a whole new level of stress.

The good news is that auto accident victims may be able to recover compensation for their losses. However, actually securing that money from a negligent driver, even if a judge has ordered it, may be challenging if that negligent driver lacks the resources to pay. Under these circumstances, an auto accident victim should consider whether a vicarious liability claim is justified.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious auto accidents

Even the safest Colorado drivers are at risk of being seriously injured or killed in a car accident caused by the negligence of another. This negligence can come about in a number of ways, too. Distracted driving, primarily driven by texting and driving, continues to increase, while drunk driving and high driving seem to be becoming more common. Even driver fatigue can play a tragic role in a serious auto accident. For victims who are seeking to recover compensation for their damages suffered in one of these accidents, it is crucial to prove negligence. However, it is not always easy to determine the cause of a car accident.

For example, truckers who are subjected to federal regulations are disallowed from operating their vehicles when they have a medical condition that affects their ability to safely operate their vehicle. Yet, many truckers suffer from these medical conditions and either fail to disclose those conditions to their employer, or they fail to obtain the medical treatment necessary to obtain clearance to drive.

What kind of evidence do you need for a wrongful death claim?

Losing someone unexpectedly is a tragic, life-altering experience. When there is another person responsible for that accident, it is a natural instinct to want justice on behalf of your deceased loved one.

Regardless of whether or not the state of Colorado brings criminal charges against the individual who caused the death of your loved one, you may have the option of filing a civil lawsuit under Colorado wrongful death statutes. In order for a death to qualify as a wrongful death, the loss of life must be the result of either a wrongful or criminal action on the part of a person, business or negligence.

Fatal accident claims life of child in Colorado

An unexpected death is nearly always a tragedy. When the person who died is a young child, the situation can be even more devastating. No parent wants to lose a child at any age, and it can be immensely difficult to cope with the fact that another driver caused a fatal accident that claimed a child's life.

It was recently reported that such harrowing outcomes resulted from an accident in Colorado. The incident involved a pickup truck and an SUV. Apparently, the driver of the pickup truck was traveling south when he failed to remain in the correct lane. After drifting into the northbound lanes, his vehicle crashed head-on with the SUV, causing the truck to flip completely once before coming to a stop on the driver's side. The SUV hit a guardrail and come to a stop.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim for damages?

When a loved one has been wrongfully lost, it is important for the surviving family members who have been effected to know who may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages against the negligent driver or other party responsible for the wrongful loss they have suffered. A wrongful death claim for damages in Colorado may be brought against the negligent party for the benefit of surviving family members.

One way a wrongful death claim for damages is brought is on behalf of the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members who may be able to recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages. Specific damages that may be available can include medical and funeral bills, loss of past and future income and support and the family's loss of consortium and companionship. Additional and other types of damages may also be available, depending on the circumstances.

Family may consider wrongful death claim after hit-and-run

Though unexpectedly losing a loved one is not easy on any family, it can be even more difficult if the family believes that purposeful wrongdoing contributed to the death. Having such suspicions can make the situation harder to work through, and some families may not feel able to find closure until they work toward justice for their loved one. As a result, many families choose to utilize wrongful death claims after a death caused by another person.

One family in Colorado may be considering this type of legal action after a fatal hit-and-run accident. Apparently, a 67-year-old man was driving a motor home when he crossed the oncoming traffic lanes and drove onto the sidewalk. A 44-year-old woman was on the sidewalk at the time, and she was run over by the motor home. The man driving did not remain at the scene.

The different types of personal injury damages

Victims of car accidents in Colorado should be familiar with the legal protections available to them which includes the types of damages they may be able to recover for the harm they have suffered.

A personal injury claim for damages following a car accident can help victims with many of the damages they suffer ranging from physical, financial and emotional damages.

You have rights if you accidentally hit a farm animal in your car

It's a dark night, and you are out driving in the country, far from the illumination of the city. Unfortunately, when you round a curve in the road, you realize you are face to face with a large animal. You try to slam on the brakes or swerve, but you can't safely avoid the creature in front of you, so you wind up smashing into it.

Upon exiting your vehicle, you realize that you have struck a large farm animal, such as a cow or horse. If you ask the average person about property rights in that situation, they might mistakenly believe that the driver of the car assumes some liability. After all, they are the ones who struck the animal, thereby causing damage to someone else's property.

Immediate medical care after a spinal injury can be frightening

Getting medical care for a spinal cord injury can be frightening when the injury has just occurred. When you are going through this process, you need to ensure that you are remaining as relaxed as possible. This is often difficult to do when you are in the midst of all the activity. It can also be difficult for your loved ones to understand what is going on.

When you first contact the emergency medical technicians, they are going to take steps to stabilize your spinal cord at the scene of the accident. This might not be comfortable because you have to be put on a backboard. However, the discomfort could mean that your spinal cord isn't damaged during transport.

Accident on icy Colorado road has fatal outcome

It is not unusual for weather and roadway conditions to contribute to serious car accidents. Unfortunately, drivers may not always slow down or take other precautions to accommodate for icy or wet roadways, and before anyone knows what is happening, a crash could take place. When this occurs, it is possible that a fatal outcome may result.

It was recently reported that a Colorado accident resulted in the death of one individual. Apparently, the incident involved a pickup truck and a semi-truck hauling double trailers. Details on how the accident took place were not available at the time of the report. However, it was noted that there was black ice on the road at the time emergency crews were responding to the scene. The incident took place around 8:30 a.m.

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