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.
The incident resulted in the victim suffering fatal injuries. It was unclear whether he died at the scene or if he was taken to an area hospital before succumbing to the injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene, and the incident was still under investigation at the time of the report. More information may become available at a later time.
If the driver of the vehicle is considered at fault for the accident, the pedestrian's family may have reason to take legal action against him or her. Filing a wrongful death claim could allow them to seek compensation for damages stemming from the event that are permitted under Colorado state law. Information on this legal option and whether it could suit their case may help them determine whether they would like to move forward with such action.