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Victim's family suspects drunk driving in fatal accident

There are few things more terrifying and tragic than a fatal car accident, but a hit-and-run accident only adds to the already-horrific nature of a car accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are all too common, and sadly, there can sometimes be concerns about whether the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

Recently, the driver involved in a recent and fatal hit-and-run accident in Parker County was apprehended by law enforcement. Earlier this month, a woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding on her motorcycle. The woman had been turning onto a highway with her husband and friends when she was struck from behind by an unknown driver. Witnesses rushed out of a nearby café to follow the driver.

The police later arrested a man for the fatal car accident. After learning about the driver's past history, the family of the victim shared their belief that he may have been impaired at the time of this accident. At the time of the report, however, the driver involved had not yet been charged.

Typically, a person injured in a car accident has legal recourse to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If the person was killed in the car accident, families can pursue a wrongful death action against the driver. Where the accident may have been caused by a drunk driver, damages could include both compensatory and punitive awards.

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be trying in any situation, let alone when that person passes away unexpectedly. Knowing that the accident may have been prevented - as is often the case when drinking and driving is a cause - can be all the more difficult. The legal process provides an important opportunity to recover financial compensation related to the accident, which can be an important element of recovery for the family of a lost loved one. In these situations, working with an experienced attorney can ease the process and allow the family to focus on moving forward with their lives.

Source: CBS Denver 4, "Good Samaritans Help Catch Deadly Hit & Run Suspect," Jamie Leary, Oct. 18, 2017

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