People who get into a car expect to arrive at their final destination safely, and for the most part they do. No matter how carefully someone drives, though, it doesn't make a difference if there are reckless or compromised drivers operating on the same roadway. Auto accidents maim, injure and even kill thousands of people each year, resulting in soaring medical bills, crippling injuries and devastated families.
Just after midnight on March 24, 2014, a 17-year-old was driving his blue Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, a city located a few hours east of Grand Junction. A Ford Expedition operated by an unidentified man was traveling north on Dayton Street at the same time.
The SUV is believed to have been traveling at excessive speeds at the time. The operator ran a red light, which resulted in the Expedition ramming into the side of the Camaro at roughly 12:15 a.m. The teen who was driving the Camaro was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Expedition suffered serious injuries, but he is expected to survive.
The roads where the crash occurred were closed for roughly 5 hours, reopning at 5:30 a.m. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, but law enforcement officials believe that alcohol played a role in the Expedition driver's reckless behavior and negligent motor vehicle operation.
There is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back when a tragedy like this occurs, but a wrongful death suit can help to send a message that drunk and reckless driving will not be tolerated. While there were no medical bills for the victim in this particular case, most people who are injured or die as a result of a car accident usually incur very high medical expenses that can be financially devastating. Personal injury attorneys can help victims and their families wade through the legal process to be sure that they are compensated properly.
Source: The CW 2, "Police: Driver running red light hit, killed teenager in Aurora" Chuck Hickey, Mar. 24, 2014