Wrongful death: Passenger killed when drunk driver runs red light

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2019 | wrongful death |

Impaired drivers are everywhere. Sometimes they are easily spotted because of their erratic driving, and other times, serious car accidents take place before anyone even knows what is happening. In too many of these incidents, drunk drivers cause crashes that lead to fatalities and possible wrongful death claims.

It was recently reported that a fatal accident took place in Colorado. A 31-year-old man was driving a vehicle west when he failed to stop at a red traffic light. As a result, a vehicle traveling south crashed into the passenger side of the man’s vehicle. There was a 36-year-old passenger in the vehicle that ran the red light. That person suffered fatal injuries in the accident, and he was declared dead at the accident site.

The driver who ran the red light was also injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. Authorities suspect that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He is currently facing criminal charges for vehicular homicide and careless driving. It was reported that the driver of the other vehicle did not suffer any injuries in the accident.

When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in a death, it can be immensely difficult for the surviving family members to wrap their minds around what happened. In some cases, those loved ones may want to seek compensation for their loss and other damages stemming from the accident by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. Successful claims could allow individuals to receive monetary restitution after such events in Colorado.