An alleged impaired driver in Colorado has been arrested after getting involved in a serious two-car accident. That driver is facing numerous charges for their role in the accident, but reports show that at least one of those charges is for operating their car under the influence.
Though two cars were involved in the accident, it seems that the person who was seriously injured was actually a passenger in the car with the impaired driver. Reports do say that they are expected to survive, but they did need medical care for their injuries.
What are the details of the wreck?
The accident happened in Colorado Springs. It took place at the intersection where Galley Road and North Academy Boulevard come together on Sunday, May 2. The first calls to the police came in right around 9:00 p.m., so the crash happened shortly before that. After the wreck, the police closed down the entire intersection for the next five hours, so traffic was not able to use it again until about 2:00 a.m. on the following Monday.
While it’s unclear whether the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they were arrested for impaired driving and other charges.
What are an injured passenger’s options?
This crash underscores the need for drivers and passengers who get injured by others to know what legal options they have. To recover compensation for their injuries. Remember, you do not have to be in another vehicle to hold a drunk driver liable.
Generally speaking, an injured passenger can actually press a claim against both the drivers involved in a wreck, if they share liability. In situations like the one listed above, they may have an easier time with their claim (since liability seems to be firmly on one driver’s shoulders). An attorney can help protect a passenger’s rights and aid them in navigating the claims process to a fair settlement.