Hit-and-run crash may lead to wrongful death claim

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2018 | wrongful death |

When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it is not unusual for the other parties involved or even witnesses to attempt to follow that driver. Unfortunately, the situation can sometimes become more dangerous than the initial collision. In fact, fatal injuries can sometimes result, and the fleeing driver may have criminal charges and civil claims for wrongful death to contend with.

It was recently reported that this type of incident took place in Colorado. Apparently, the driver of a pickup truck hauling a camping trailer struck a vehicle in a parking lot. That driver then left the scene, which prompted the individuals in the vehicle that was hit to follow him. The man later stopped the pickup truck, and a man and woman from the other vehicle approached him, presumably on foot. However, the man began driving away, and the woman was hit and dragged by the camper trailer. 

The woman was taken to an area hospital, but the injuries she suffered proved fatal. She was reported as being 47 years old. Authorities caught up with the pickup truck driver, and he was taken into custody. He is currently facing charges for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, among other allegations.

The family of the woman killed in this Colorado incident may have many questions, and some of those questions may revolve around their legal options. Due to the nature of the incident, they may have reason to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. Information on this type of legal action may help them determine whether it could suit their particular circumstances.