Court proceedings that follow a fatal accident are never easy, especially for the surviving family of the accident victim. As wrongful death lawyers in Colorado Springs, we know that families and friends have a lot of questions. They want to know if the person that took their loved one from them is going to be held responsible. Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t always as clear as we’d like for it to be.
Take a recent tragedy in Boulder County for example. Earlier in the year, a cyclist was traveling down the street, riding safely and cautiously, when he was struck by a truck. The truck suddenly crossed the double-yellow lines, hitting the man on his bicycle. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was arrested, and even two hours after his arrest, he was found to have a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit. The driver would go on to confess to drinking beers at a nearby establishment, and empty liquor bottles were found in his vehicle. There seemed to be no doubt that the man would be facing charges of DUI and vehicular homicide.
But justice has been delayed in the cyclist’s wrongful death. Doctors at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo determined that the driver is not competent to stand trial. So where does this leave the surviving family? Reportedly, through medication and nutrition management, doctors may be able to get the man to a place where he’ll be deemed fit to stand trial. It’s all unclear, and those affected are simply left to wait.
Columbia, SC Personal Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, we don’t think you should have to wait for justice, and with Heuser & Heuser you don’t have to. Wrongful death lawsuits are separate from criminal charges, so whether or not a person is found guilty of criminality, they can still be made to pay for their actions. It can be a confusing system, so we suggest if you’ve lost someone in an accident that you contact the Colorado Springs wrongful death lawyers at Heuser & Heuser right away!
Source. DenverPost.com, ‘http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24974455/patrick-ward-ruled-incompetent-stand-trial-lyons-dui?source=rss,’ Mitchell Byars, January 23, 2014.