When an individual dies in a car accident, there can be serious criminal ramifications. In addition to criminal charges, civil action such as a wrongful death claim may be sought on the victim's behalf. Criminal charges can also vary, as was the case in a recent Colorado DUI crash that left the passenger in the car dead and four others injured.
While it is important for any driver to take precautions to avoid an accident, large commercial vehicles have particular considerations and regulations. Starting in September, drivers of 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks in Colorado became subject to the chain law once again. The law, which is enacted in the state between September 1 and May 31 each year, aims to make roads safer during the winter months.
The Colorado Springs Police Major Crash Team is investigating the death of a pedestrian on a recent Monday evening. The investigation was launched after a serious accident at a Colorado Springs intersection. The city's fire department and police were present after responding to an alert about the crash.
With regards to impaired driving prevention efforts, data can often make a difference. Knowing where, when and how a serious accident is more likely to occur can make a big difference for law enforcement, regulators and the public.
Colorado police believe that a teenage driver was under the influence of alcohol when he or she caused a collision. A passenger who was in the vehicle at the time was severely injured and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The teen was arrested for his or her role in this serious accident and was charged with vehicular assault and DUI.