On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Many drivers forget about the dangers of the road, especially when they have been lucky enough to avoid involvement in an accident for a considerable amount of time. Driving safely should not be taken for granted because the effects of a car accident can be catastrophic. Some people know this, having sustained damage to the spine during a crash, something that can leave a person either partially or fully paralyzed. Paralysis is one of the worst things that an accident can cause because it permanently alters the course of a person’s life. Another dramatic consequence of an accident is death, specifically because it ends a person’s life.
A recent crash near Ault, Colorado, showcased the tragic changes that a car accident can bring about. According to reports, a 49-year-old man from Severance, Colorado, lost his life in the accident. Another man — this one a 46-year-old from Evans, Colorado, — was seriously injured in the crash. Police believe this latter man may have been to blame for the crash, potentially opening up a chance for the loved ones of the 49-year-old to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death suit. Legal expertise is often essential to understanding a case such as this, so asking for the guidance of a lawyer is a smart decision.
Investigators believe that the 46-year-old man was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am on Weld County Road 31. He was heading north as he approached a stop sign at Colorado 14. The driver reportedly swerved around a car that was stopped at the sign to continue through the intersection; police said that it was traveling at a high rate of speed. That was when a 1989 Ford pickup truck collided with the right side of the Pontiac. Both vehicles went off the road. The Grand Am crashed through a fence and a sign post while the pickup truck rolled one and a quarter times. The 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene; the 46-year-old was hospitalized for his injuries, though they were not life threatening. His specific injuries were unclear, but it is possible that he sustained a spinal cord injury.
Source: The Greeley Tribune, “Severance man, 49, dies in crash west of Ault” No Author Given, May. 31, 2013