Distracted driving is very dangerous and causes many car accidents every year in Colorado. A recent fatal accident highlights the dangers of distracted driving, and how drivers can be held accountable for their negligent actions on the road.
A tow-truck operator was cleaning up debris from a previous accident on Highway 85. A state trooper was also there with his vehicle blocking traffic to allow the tow-truck operator to pick up the debris. Despite the state trooper blocking the scene, a driver hit the state trooper's car, causing the police car to hit the tow-truck driver. The tow-truck driver died from the severe injuries before he was able to be taken to a hospital.
The Colorado State Patrol said that the driver should have seen the trooper's vehicle and emergency lights. Reports of the accident say that the driver was speeding and that he was distracted by items in his vehicle just before the accident.
The report that the driver was distracted leading up to the fatal crash resulted in the driver being charged with vehicular homicide, third-degree assault, careless and reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
This case is a tragic example of the dangers of distracted driving. When distracted driving car accidents result in serious injuries or death, many victims and their families feel lost and wonder if the driver responsible for the accident will be held accountable.
In cases like this one where the driver's negligence led to the fatal accident, the victim's family could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Drivers can be held liable in civil court if their actions contributed to a fatal accident in Colorado. Victims' loved ones and family members should contact a wrongful death attorney to discuss their specific cases.
Source: Westword, "Dana Beales's distracted driving killed tow-truck operator, State Patrol says," Michael Robert, Oct. 17, 2013