Sometimes, witnesses to crashes react instinctively and rush to help the victims. However, they may not realize that, in doing so, they are putting their own lives at risk. Auto-pedestrian accidents often involve good Samaritans. The Colorado State Patrol has reported about such an accident in Boulder.
Reportedly, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday evening, a family witnessed a crash and rushed over to assist the injured victims. It was later reported that the accident involved an alleged impaired 51-year-old driver who crashed into another vehicle. While the good Samaritans were at the scene, a third vehicle slammed into them.
A 23-year-old driver, who authorities say was under the influence of alcohol, drove the third vehicle. They say he has had two prior DUIs over the past eight months. The 22-year-old woman who was helping victims of the first crash suffered serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis and spine along with facial contusions and lacerations and a bruised kidney. A 25-year-old man who was also providing assistance suffered leg and hip fractures.
The second driver was reportedly arrested for suspicion of DUI while he attempted to flee the accident scene on foot. In the meantime, the two injured victims are likely facing mountains of medical bills, and they may be unable to return to work for a long time. They can pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of Colorado by filing personal injury claims. However, proving negligence in auto-pedestrian accidents might be challenging, and injured victims often choose to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for them.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Police: Good Samaritans hit by drunk driver while helping victims of separate drunk driving crash“, Molly Hendrickson, May 9, 2017