Many people in Colorado don't use a motor vehicle as their primary means of transportation. Although walking is a leisure activity for some, for others it is the best option for getting around. Even when it's a necessity, there are many benefits to walking, such as enjoying being outside and getting exercise. Unfortunately, it can also pose a great risk, especially when pedestrians are close to traffic. One recent serious accident shows just how significant that risk is, when a woman lost her life after being struck by a car.
According to authorities, the accident happened on a recent evening. They say that the 42-year-old woman was walking in the traffic lane of a local roadway. A car that was headed in the same direction as her apparently struck her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but could not be saved and died due to her injuries.
Officials report that the driver of the vehicle cooperated with the police and did not show any signs of impairment. Though they haven't filed any charges in connection with this incident, the investigation is still open. They are hoping that anyone who may have witnessed what happened will reach out and help them determine the chain of events that led to this tragedy.
If the police investigation determines that the driver has any amount of fault for this serious accident, he or she could face criminal charges. Even if this doesn't happen, the family of the woman who died may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Colorado, that means that the defendant must be found to have been at least 51% responsible for the accident for the family to receive any damages from a successfully-litigated claim. The state's modified comparative negligence law may impact the amount of damages a victim's family can receive in situations like this one. A Colorado attorney with extensive experience in handling personal injury claims can assist anyone confronting these issues.