When a family learns that a loved one has been killed in a car accident, they often want to know what happened. When they find out that the incident involved a drunk driver, they may feel even more devastated knowing that the crash could have been prevented if that person had not chosen to drink and drive. In efforts to seek justice, they may find it useful to consider filing a wrongful death claim.
It was recently reported that alcohol was suspected as a factor in a crash that claimed the life of one man in Colorado. According to reports, the man was driving a motorcycle on Interstate 25 when he was hit from behind by a car. The collision caused the man to be thrown from the motorcycle, and despite wearing a helmet, he suffered fatal injuries.
He was declared deceased at the accident site, and the driver of the car tried to flee the scene on foot. Authorities were able to apprehend her, and she was taken into custody. She is currently facing charges for vehicular homicide resulting from reckless driving, DUI-related vehicular homicide, alcohol-related driving under restraint and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
Though the driver considered at fault is facing criminal charges, the family of the victim has the right to take civil legal action as well. A wrongful death claim could help them pursue compensation for their losses that have resulted from the fatal crash. If the driver is convicted of the criminal charges brought against her, that outcome could act as evidence in the family’s civil claim if they wish to pursue such action in Colorado court.