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Several drivers involved in fatal crash on I-70 in Denver

Denver, CO – Local news for the Denver area reported on a fatal crash on Interstate 70 [1].

Accident involved multiple vehicles and caused several injuries

A fatal accident on Sunday morning led to the closure of a section of Interstate 70 in Denver, specifically between Havana Street and I-225. The Denver Police Department reported that the incident occurred near the intersection of I-225 and I-70, involving multiple vehicles. The crash resulted in one fatality at the scene, while three other individuals were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Details about the circumstances surrounding the accident remain limited, and it is unclear how the collision occurred or who was involved. The police have not released information about the victims or the individuals responsible for the crash.

In addition to the collision on I-70, local authorities were also dealing with other ongoing incidents. There was a separate report of multiple suspects at large in a deadly shooting in Northglenn, further complicating the situation for law enforcement in the region.

Despite the severity of the accident, there was some relief for commuters as the roadway began to reopen. By 7 a.m., a partial reopening of the affected section of I-70 had already taken place, allowing some traffic to flow through. Subsequently, the Denver Police Department announced at 8:15 a.m. that the roadway had fully reopened, alleviating congestion and enabling motorists to resume their travel.

The investigation into the crash and the circumstances surrounding it is likely to continue as authorities work to gather more information about the incident. It is crucial for both the affected families and the general public to understand what led to this tragic accident to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Who is liable for a fatal accident in Colorado when multiple drivers are involved?

Determining liability in a fatal accident involving multiple drivers in Colorado, or any other jurisdiction, can be a complex legal process. Liability depends on various factors, including the specific circumstances of the accident, the applicable traffic laws, and the actions of each driver involved. Here’s an overview of how liability may be determined in such cases:

  • Negligence: Liability in most car accidents, including fatal ones, is based on negligence. Negligence occurs when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm to others. To establish liability, it must be proven that a driver’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the accident.
  • Comparative Fault: Colorado follows a modified comparative fault system. This means that multiple drivers can share liability for an accident. If a deceased person (or their estate) is seeking compensation for damages through a wrongful death claim, their recovery may be reduced if they are found to have contributed to the accident. If their contribution is determined to be 50% or more, they may be barred from recovery altogether.
  • Investigation and Evidence: To determine liability, a thorough investigation of the accident is essential. This includes examining physical evidence, witness statements, police reports, and any available surveillance footage. Accident reconstruction experts may also be consulted to establish the sequence of events and each driver’s actions.
  • Traffic Laws: Violations of traffic laws can be crucial in determining liability. If one or more drivers were cited for traffic violations related to the accident, it can be strong evidence of negligence. For example, if a driver ran a red light, they may be held liable for causing the collision.
  • Duty of Care: Each driver on the road has a duty of care to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. If a driver breaches this duty, such as by speeding, driving recklessly, or driving under the influence, they may be considered negligent.
  • Insurance Coverage: Liability in fatal accidents is often determined by the insurance companies involved. Colorado requires all drivers to carry liability insurance. If multiple drivers are involved, their insurance policies may come into play to cover damages up to the policy limits.
  • Civil Lawsuits: In cases involving fatalities, surviving family members may file wrongful death lawsuits against the at-fault driver(s). These lawsuits seek compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and emotional suffering. Liability may be established through the legal process in civil court.
  • Criminal Charges: In cases of fatal accidents involving reckless or impaired driving, criminal charges may be filed against the responsible driver. A criminal conviction can also impact liability in a civil case.

Determining liability in a fatal accident involving multiple drivers can be challenging and may require legal expertise. It’s essential for those affected to consult with an experienced attorney who can help navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and advocate for their rights in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Advice from a wrongful death lawyer in Colorado

Bryan and Terrill Law is a trusted law firm that can represent families in wrongful death actions and other civil injury cases in the Denver area and nearby parts of Colorado.

USAttorneys.com can help people solve their legal problems by finding the right lawyer. Referrals are available to those who call 800-672-3103 

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Sources:

  1. https://kdvr.com/news/local/fatal-crash-closes-i-70-sunday-morning-near-aurora/
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