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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.