A 60-year-old woman who was reportedly responsible for causing a fatal pedestrian accident has recently turned herself in to the Colorado State Patrol after initially fleeing the scene. According to detectives overseeing the investigation, the woman hit a 39-year-old man who was walking in the right lane of Colorado Highway 115 (near Fort Carson) at about 4 a.m. on December 3rd.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the woman reportedly fled the scene. While investigators have stated that the man killed in the fatal pedestrian accident may have been intoxicated prior to being hit, they have not stated whether the woman who eventually turned herself in will be formally charged with any criminal offense (like, for instance vehicular homicide or leaving the scene of a fatal accident, both of which are felony offenses).
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents and Alcohol Impairment
Tragically, many fatal pedestrian accidents involve alcohol impairment, according to officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, as NHTSA reports that:
- About 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents involve at least one of the involved parties being under the influence of alcohol
- Approximately 14 percent of these cases involved the intoxication of the motorist
- About 34 percent of these accidents involved the pedestrian being under the influence of alcohol.
If or when pedestrians may be drunk and then are hit by vehicles, their impairment can be a factor to consider in civil cases. In other words, if families who have lost their loved ones in fatal pedestrian accidents end up moving forward with civil lawsuits against the allegedly negligent drivers, whether the victim in the incident was intoxicated may:
- Be brought to light through the course of the case
- Impact the amount of compensation families may be able to obtain.
Nevertheless, however, regardless of whether pedestrians are intoxicated, when fatal pedestrian accidents occur, the surviving loved ones are encouraged to consult with an experienced attorney to:
- Learn more about their legal rights.
- Find out more about their best options for pursuing compensation and justice.
Denver Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car or has been injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact a Denver motor vehicle and pedestrian accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm.
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