Drinking and driving is still a major problem across the United States, including the Denver area despite the fact that motorists know, or should know, that it is not a good idea to drive after drinking because of the effects alcohol has on a person's body. Nevertheless every day someone is killed in a drunk driving accident.
Recently a motorcyclist was killed in Commerce City by a suspected teenage drunk driver. The suspect was driving south on Highway 2 when he lost control of his car and fishtailed into the northbound lane. A motorcycle driver was struck by the car and thrown from his motorcycle. The motorcycle driver was transferred to Denver Health Medical Center with severe injuries and died at the hospital. The driver of the car was also transferred to Denver Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Two other passengers were transferred to Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and a fourth passenger was treated and released. School officials said that there was significant evidence that alcohol was involved in the crash. The teenage driver is expected to be charged in relation to the fatal crash.
When a loved one is unexpectedly killed after being hit by a drunk driver, families can be devastated and angry. No one anticipates such a tremendous loss and the financial implications can be huge. Families may find that consulting with an attorney skilled in wrongful death can be helpful to determine what actions to take next. A wrongful death attorney can help families determine what happened to cause the death of their loved one. An attorney can visit the accident scene, talk with witnesses, and determine liability. Negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions and compensation is available for these family members. The compensation can help with the unexpected medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of wages, and other damages.
Accidents caused by drinking and driving are tragedies that are completely avoidable. Holding these drivers accountable for their negligence helps to make sure they cannot harm anyone else.
Source: The Denver Channel, "Alcohol, speed suspected in fatal auto-motorcycle crash involving Adams City High School students", Wayne Harrison and Lance Hernandez, April 19, 2014