Colorado police say that a vehicle recently collided with a group of pedestrians before fleeing the scene of the wreck. Two people suffered serious injuries while a third suffered only minor injuries. Authorities eventually located the car believed to have been involved in the wreck, and charges related to auto\-pedestrian accidents are currently pending.
The Colorado State Fairgrounds became the unlikely site of an accident that injured multiple people. The driver believed to have caused the wreck is also under suspicion for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Auto-pedestrian accidents can be especially devastating for those involved as pedestrians have little protection against large motor vehicles.
Being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street or walking alongside the shoulder of the road is a physically traumatizing events. For victims involved in auto-pedestrian accidents in which the drivers flee the scenes, the emotional impacts for victims and their families can be just as severe as the physical injuries. A recent hit-and-run accident ended the life of a pedestrian, but Colorado authorities eventually caught up with the driver.
At some point or another, notes an online safety-related overview, "everyone is a pedestrian."
Over the weekend, it is likely that many Denver residents attended holiday parties. Celebrating the New Year probably included indulging in alcoholic beverages. And with its legal recreational use, marijuana was likely also part of many end-of-year countdowns.
Think of this compelling irony associated with an insurance company for a moment.
In our last post, we began speaking about a recent court case that applied the so-called “joint venture” rule to cases involving auto accidents which occur during test drives through a dealership. In that case, as we noted, the accident occurred while a dealership employee was riding in the vehicle. The court ended up applying the joint venture rule because both occupants of the vehicle had the right to control the car and a “common interest in conducting the test drive.”
When an individual is harmed in an automobile accident, it is important that they work with an experienced attorney to ensure they receive the advocacy they deserve. Part of thorough advocacy is to ensure that a defendant is able to identify all parties who were responsible for contributing to the accident and bring them into the litigation to ensure they are held accountable.
In our previous post, we mentioned recent National Safety Council report which showed that distracted driving increased in the first four months of 2015, despite the efforts of states to counteract the problem of distracted driving. Colorado, like other states, has restricted the use of texting and cell phones by drivers, though it isn't clear how helpful these laws are.