When someone is killed by the deliberate or negligent act of another person or persons it’s considered a ‘wrongful death.’ Colorado Springs wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by the victim’s family members or beneficiaries, and the money they’re awarded can go toward covering medical and funeral expenses. The suit can also provided a family with money damages for work wages that they’ll no longer receive due to their loved one’s premature death. Although there are many causes of wrongful deaths from medical malpractice to workplace accidents to dangerous products, the most common in Southern Colorado are a result of vehicle accidents.
We were reminded of this unfortunate fact early Friday morning when a Southern Colorado man was riding his motorcycle near the Colorado-Wyoming border and was struck from behind by another vehicle. He was violently thrown from his bike and down an embankment.
It’s not known whether or not the man was killed on impact because the driver of the vehicle didn’t stick around to find out. For all we know the man could have survived the wreck if the careless driver would have accepted responsibility and called for medical assistance. Instead they fled the scene, leaving the biker’s lifeless body to be discovered later by another passerby.
The ‘Duty to Stop’ After an Accident in Colorado Springs
By Colorado law motorists have a ‘Duty to stop’ after an auto accident. This ‘duty’ includes waiting for authorities to show up as well as providing reasonable assistance if someone was injured in the accident.
When the ‘Duty to Stop’ is ignored that person can and should face criminal charges. In Colorado Springs when a hit-and-run leads to a wrongful death it’s considered a Class 3 felony which could lead to 4 to 12 years in prison and fines up to $750,000.
Colorado Springs Wrongful Death Lawyers
Since Colorado Springs wrongful death suits are entirely removed from criminal charges, neither preceding affects the other, which means that just because a person is acquitted of vehicular homicide they can still be sued in civil action by the victim’s surviving family.
To help you and your family through this heartbreaking time, you’ll want the help of experienced wrongful death attorneys with an established record of results in settling cases in the state of Colorado. Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers Heuser & Heuser know Colorado law, they know wrongful death lawsuits, and they’ll fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve after the loss of a loved one.
Get the closure your family deserves after your loved one has been killed. Contact Heuser & Heuser and let them get started on your Colorado Springs wrongful death claim today with a free case review.
Source. Colorado Connection, ‘http://www.coloradoconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=787277#.UCkar-FSTB0,’ August 11, 2012.
Source. KOAA.com, ‘http://www.koaa.com/news/pueblo-man-killed-in-hit-and-run-accident-in-wyoming/,’ Andy Koen, August 10, 2012.
Source. Denver Post, ‘http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21285980/motorcyclist-from-pueblo-killed-wyoming-hit-and-run,’ August 10, 2012.