Suing a Driver for Wrongful Death After a Car Accident in Colorado
Drivers in Colorado are expected to know and understand the laws that apply to motorists and abide by them at all times. If a driver were to cause a fatal accident because he/she wasn’t adhering to the rules of the road, they could be sued for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit helps recognize a driver for their negligence or reckless behavior and allows certain surviving family members the opportunity to request financial relief for various damages (e.g. pain and suffering, loss of dependency, etc.).
If a family recently lost someone they love to an accident in Colorado, they should speak with a CO wrongful death attorney who can assist them with bringing a claim against the negligent driver.
Generally, when a family member such as a surviving spouse, child, or parent wishes to sue for wrongful death, they will need to prove the driver was negligent, and there are various methods that can be used to do this (e.g. police reports, investigations, etc.). However, because a surviving family member may not have access to certain documents without approval from the court, it is best they let a skilled Colorado wrongful death attorney handle it.
The lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC have helped many families in the past who lost a loved one to a preventable accident obtain the justice they were due and they are ready to assist other families seeking legal help.
Valid Reasons for Suing for Wrongful Death
When someone causes another person’s death because they behaved negligently or recklessly, they should be held accountable for their actions. Some examples of negligent or reckless behavior include:
- The driver was operating his/her vehicle while impaired. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29 people are killed each day in the U.S. in an alcohol-related accident. When a motorist drives drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, certain abilities become impaired, making it more difficult for them to operate their vehicle safely.
- The driver was distracted. According to the Colorado General Assembly, drivers in Colorado who are 18 years of age or older are not permitted to use their cellphone to send text messages or browse the internet but only to make a voice call. Motorists who are under the age of 18 are prohibited from using their cellphone at all. If a driver uses their cellphone improperly while driving and causes a fatal accident, they can be held liable for the choices they made.
- The motorist was engaging in reckless driving. If a driver was speeding, making an improper lane changes, or driving aggressively, he/she could be sued for wrongful death if their actions cause a collision as it is against the law for drivers in CO to operate their vehicle in a reckless manner.
Does a surviving family member need to hire a lawyer to sue for wrongful death in Colorado?
It can be difficult to file a successful lawsuit against a driver in Colorado without having a wrongful death lawyer assisting with each step of the lawsuit process. Therefore, if a family recently lost a loved one and would like assistance with bringing a claim against a negligent driver, they can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110
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