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Fort Collins fatal truck accident lawyerColliding with a large truck like a semi or 18-wheeler often results in devastating outcomes. Being some of the heaviest vehicles on the road, tractor-trailers can cause very dangerous accidents. Because of this immense threat, truck drivers have a higher level of responsibility behind the wheel. However, Colorado continues to see fatal truck accidents every year, many of which are the result of truck driver negligence. Colorado law provides families the right to pursue a wrongful death claim if their loved one was lost due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company.

Semi-Truck and Pickup Collide in Weld County

One recent crash serves as an example of just how dangerous truck accidents can be. On the morning of Wednesday, July 21, a pickup truck and semi-truck collided. The Colorado State Patrol reported to the scene of the crash, where two women were pronounced dead. The fatalities were the two passengers of the pickup truck who were both wearing seatbelts. It was also reported that the semi-truck driver was conscious and walking after the accident, though it is possible minor injuries were sustained.

Colorado Truck Accidents Leading to Fatalities

Accidents involving commercial truck driver negligence are frequently caused by the truck driver running out of the travel lane, losing control of the truck, or rear-ending another vehicle. These events are more apt to occur if the driver is fatigued, distracted, or speeding. Other factors that regularly contribute to truck accidents include prescription drug use, alcohol use, and truck maintenance problems.

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Fort Collins CO wrongful death lawyerColorado Springs police issued a report of a child who was taken to the hospital after a near-drowning incident on July 15 at the Hotel Elegante. Police have not released any other information, including the child’s age or current condition, but the incident is perhaps notable in light of a drowning that occurred at the same hotel several years ago. In that case, the family of the child who drowned later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel, as well as several other parties. These cases raise the question of who may be liable for drowning accidents.

Allegations of Negligence

After the previous drowning incident, which happened in December 2017, the victim’s family alleged that the hotel was liable due to a failure to provide adequate warning of a steep drop-off between the shallow end and the deep end of the pool, as well as a failure to enforce a rule requiring children entering the pool area to have adult supervision. The family also sought damages from the grandmother of the victim’s friend, who the family alleged was responsible for the victim’s supervision at the time.

Colorado Premises Liability Laws

Colorado premises liability laws apply in many drowning incidents. According to these laws, property owners owe a duty of care to lawful visitors to keep the property reasonably free of hazards. When there is a failure of that duty and a person is injured as a result, the victim can pursue a premises liability lawsuit against the owner for the losses they suffer because of their injuries. If the victim dies from their injuries, their family may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner, like the family of the young girl who drowned.

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Larimer County wrongful death attorneyA tragic accident in Iowa has made national news and serves as an important reminder of how vulnerable children are to accidental injury and death at amusement parks, playgrounds, and other recreational locations.

The accident occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend at the Raging River ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa. The water ride pushes rafts through “faux river rapids” using a conveyor belt. The 11-year-old victim and five other people were on the ride when the raft they were in flipped over. One other child was listed in critical condition and two others suffered minor injuries.

History of Accidents

The ride had just opened for the first time for the summer season the day before the fatal accident following an inspection and approval by the Iowa Division of Labor. The ride has been a popular attraction at the park for almost 40 years; however, this is the second fatal accident in just five years. In 2016, a 68-year-old employee was killed when he fell because the ride suddenly started moving as he was helping riders on and off the rafts. The family of the employee who was killed on the ride later settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the park.

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Larimer County wrongful death attorney workplace accident

Each year in Colorado, thousands of people are injured or fall ill due to work-related incidents, entitling them to relief through their employer’s workers’ compensation coverage. However, over 100 Coloradans die each year as a result of their work-related injuries, and many of them leave behind families who may struggle to get by after the death of their loved ones. Fortunately, these families can often obtain financial compensation through a wrongful death claim.

When Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?

An employee can file a workers’ compensation claim when he or she has been injured on the job in the course of work, and the employee’s family members can file a wrongful death claim in a similar situation if the injuries lead to the employee’s death. The employee’s widow or widower has the first right to file a wrongful death suit within the first year after the death, and children and designated beneficiaries of the deceased can join the suit with the spouse’s consent. After the first year, children and other heirs can choose to file a suit without the spouse, and parents may file a suit if the employee has no designated heirs. In general, all wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within the two-year statute of limitations.

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larimer county wrongful death lawyer

When your family member dies as the result of an accident, the accompanying financial ramifications can be devastating and drain any savings you or your deceased family member might have. These include costs related to medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages. While accidents do happen, if a death occurs as a result of negligence by another person or party, then you may be able to hold them accountable by filing a wrongful death claim.

Under the Colorado Wrongful Death Act, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by neglect or a wrongful act. If a wrongful death occurs, then the person or party at fault may be held liable for both economic and non-economic damages suffered by the deceased person's family.

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