Traffic in Fort Collins, Colorado, got a bit slower on May 18 when a traffic accident blocked lanes and caused backups. The crash itself involved three different vehicles, and five people were injured as a result. For two of those people, the injuries that they suffered have been said to be serious.
Drivers who are negligent, distracted, or reckless can wreak havoc on the roadways. Other motorists and pedestrians are at the mercy of drivers who don't obey the laws or pay attention to their driving, as these drivers can cause car accidents that may have life-changing consequences for those involved. Sometimes the accidents and the injuries they cause are minor, but a legal professional may still need to be involved to be sure that any injured party receives compensation for damage, medical bills, or possibly even pain and suffering.
Car accidents can turn families' lives upside down, especially when they lose a loved one. That became clear recently in Fort Collins when an innocent passenger lost her life in a fatal crash. The driver is being held responsible, although police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the car accident.
Growing public sentiment against driving drunk or stoned could help the future of a bill intended to increase the mandatory penalties levied against Colorado's impaired drivers. Currently, people who are driving under the influence when they cause fatal car accidents do not necessarily spend any time in jail. Around 24 cases in the previous decade resulted in probation, not jail time, for the offender.
Drivers during the holiday season must deal with a host of hazards. Between aggressive drivers intent on returning gifts as quickly as possible, and drunk drivers who insist that they are okay to drive, drivers must be vigilant in protecting themselves. However, there are instances when a driver loses control and may crash without contact (or influence) from any other driver.