Every year, thousands of people die in car accidents. Every traffic fatality is a tragedy, but they are especially heartbreaking when they are caused by the abject recklessness of a fellow driver. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury due to a negligent driver, contact a Colorado personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Personal injury claims can have short statutes of limitations, so don't hesitate to reach out.
In July of this year, 21 year old Colorado man John Marvel ran down his 22 year old victim while he was drunk and drag racing. Marvel had a blood alcohol content of .133, far above the legal limit, at the time of the accident, which occurred around 2 a.m. on July 25th while the victim was walking down the road when the intoxicated driver was unable to navigate a turn. Marvel faces felony charges in the DUI drag racing death, and could serve a lengthy prison term if convicted.
This senseless tragedy is the end of one young life, and the long term destruction of another. Loved ones of both young men will never be able to completely put their lives back together thanks to the reckless decisions of one person on one night. Next time you're on the road, never take your safety for granted. You never know what a fellow motorist is capable of, and you should never count on them to always make lawful and careful decisions. If you see someone driving recklessly, safely get out of harm's way and contact local law enforcement with as much information as you can give them about the offending vehicle and driver. Talk to young drivers in your family about making the right decisions behind the wheel. Make sure they understand the dangers of excessive speeding and drag racing. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more difficult it is to maintain control of it, and the more serious a potential collision may be. A minor accident at 30 miles an hour can be a deadly tragedy at 60 miles an hour. Talk to your young drivers about the consequences of a DUI conviction, and let them know that you are always available to give them a ride when they've had too much to drink. If we work together, maybe we can prevent the next needless death.
If you've been injured in a serious car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Jeremy Rosenthal is an experienced car accident lawyer, ready to fight for you. Submit a basic form on our website to schedule your free consultation.