Sadly, Colorado Springs has already surpassed the number of people killed in auto accidents at this time last year. So far this year, 26 people have lost their lives in vehicles around the city as compared to 25 during the same timeframe last year. The latest fatal accident occurred on July 12.
Sometime after 9 a.m. the morning of July 12, a 78-year-old woman was driving her SUV in Colorado Springs. As she tried to cross E. Pikes Peak Ave, she was struck by a flat-bed tow truck. The truck was carrying another vehicle on its deck, and it struck the woman’s car on the driver’s side.
Both drivers were taken to the hospital with injuries described as serious and life-threatening. Because of the nature of the accident, Colorado Springs’ Major Crash Team responded and assumed the crash investigation. There was no word given as to which driver caused the accident or if speeding, impairment or something else contributed to the crash.
Right to compensation
Victims may have to wait on the official report regarding the accident before pursuing compensation. The reports from the city’s Major Crash Team should identify the cause of the crash in order to determine liability. The surviving family of the deceased woman may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the tow truck driver, and if the elderly woman was at fault, the tow truck driver can pursue a personal injury claim against the woman’s estate. Either way, affected parties will want to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney in Colorado for assistance.