Passenger ejected and killed in potential DUI crash

Published By | Jul 28, 2021 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

One person is dead after a rollover crash in Colorado. They were the passenger in the car that crashed, and the police believe that the driver may have been under the influence at the time of the wreck. 

Both the passenger and the driver were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled. That roll was caused by the SUV leaving the road on the right-hand side. Emergency crews found that both people had been thrown from the smashed vehicle, and they took them to a nearby medical center. While the driver has so far survived their injuries, the passenger was not as fortunate. 

The accident happened right around 9:45 p.m. In addition to alleged impairment, the police also believe that the vehicle may have been traveling at an excessive speed. When it left the pavement, this speed could have contributed to the rollover. 

Drivers are responsible for their passengers

Much of the time, when someone passes away in an accident that someone else causes, they’re in another vehicle. This is due to the prevalence of people driving on their own. 

However, this story shows why it’s so important to remember that drivers are also responsible for their passengers. The person who died may have been in the same car as the driver, but that does not mean they’re not liable for that death. Their actions still caused the accident that led to those fatal injuries, especially if it is found that they were intoxicated or impaired at the time. 

Therefore, the families of those who pass away, even in single-car accidents, may still need to know about all of the legal options they have to seek compensation via a wrongful death claim. Learning more about the process can help you gain a measure of justice for your loved one.