On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Reconstruction crews study on–site evidence to understand how Colorado crashes occur. Toxicologists perform tests to determine whether drivers’ responses were influenced by alcohol or drug use. Interviews with witnesses and victims supplement investigations until authorities have a complete picture of a motor vehicle accident.
Car accident survivors and observers often give vital information that wreckage inspections and blood tests cannot provide. When a fatality occurs, victims’ stories go with them. An alternate viewpoint about events before and during a collision is lost.
A mid-April fatality in Glenwood Canyon killed three people, all in the same Audi. The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. in a lane–restricted construction zone.
Trooper reports said an unlicensed, 18—year–old woman was heavily intoxicated as she drove the wrong way along Interstate 70. The Audi was moving eastbound in the westbound lane.
The car collided with a tractor trailer. The Glenwood Springs teen and two back seat passengers, a 16—year–old Carbondale girl and a 24—year–old Gypsum man, died at the scene. The semi–truck driver was unhurt.
A coroner’s report found the blood alcohol level of the minor driver exceeded 0.24, more than triple the Colorado limit for drivers of legal drinking age. Alcohol was detected in the blood of both passengers. The BAC reading for the high school sophomore passenger was above the adult intoxication level. Cocaine registered in the adult male’s test results.
Troopers requested aid from state liquor control officials as reported rumors spread that the teens were spotted drinking in the hours before the accident. Claims were made that the girls were in an unidentified “liquor establishment.”
Plaintiffs in Colorado wrongful death lawsuits are often the immediate family members — a spouse or children — who suffer the most financial hardships as a result of a loved one’s loss. When an adult child leaves behind no spouse or child, parents of the decedent have a right to sue for compensation.
Source: postindependent.com, “Report: Teen driver in fatal I-70 accident was drunk” John Stroud, Apr. 24, 2013