Many Colorado residents would agree that traveling with a drunk driver on the road is dangerous. A fatal car accident involving a drunk driver is sadly becoming more of a common occurrence in Colorado and across the country. Two more lives have been lost, reportedly due to a motorist suspected of driving under the influence.
A 31-year-old woman was suspected of driving while intoxicated when she drove right through a stop sign. She slammed into another car that was operated by a 42-year-old woman with a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old in the car. The woman and one of the children were declared dead at the scene. The other child sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
The woman who was presumably intoxicated sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. It was not reported if the woman was tested for alcohol, though that is routine procedure in a fatal accident in Colorado. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities have indicated that criminal charges will likely be forthcoming.
A fatal car accident can typically have continual emotional effects on the family that is left behind, in additional to lives that were lost. In regard to this case, the family of the woman and child that were killed has legal recourse under Colorado law. They are entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the other vehicle, and a personal injury claim for the surviving child that was injured. Monetary compensation is typically awarded based upon evidence that injury and/or death were caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of another party.
Source: koaa.com, "Victims of today's crash identified," Joe Bevans, July 12, 2013