KDVR.com is reporting that two men are dead and a young boy is in critical condition after a man in a Toyota pick-up struck them from behind while they were walking in Thornton, Colorado on Saturday.
According to reports, the driver is 33-year-old Michael Grennan of Loveland, Colorado. Grennan has previous arrests including DUI.
The NHTSA reports that about 5000 people are killed and another 440,000 are injured by distracted drivers in the United States every year. About 20 percent of these accidents involve distractions related to cell phone use. A number of states have implemented laws banning the use of cell phones while driving, including California.
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Colorado law currently allows for the use of cell phones while driving, but has a no texting while driving law. Violations of the law include fines and repeat offenders run the risk of jail time. There is currently a bill in front of the Colorado Senate that would ban the use of video devices in cars that are visible from the driver’s seat, but there is no new legislation pending that would ban cell phone use on automobiles all together. All of these measures are meant to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to distracted driving.
Under Colorado state law, family members of pedestrians killed by distracted or drunk drivers may be able to entitled to compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Family members may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and future wages lost that come as a result of the death of a family member.
If you have been injured or a family member has been killed by a distracted driver, reach out to Denver personal injury attorney Sommer Luther today. Ms. Luther has helped many individuals and families who have been devastated due to the negligence of another. Attorney Sommer Luther will provide you and your family a free initial case consultation and explain to you all of your options for financial recovery. Call her today at (800) 517-4439.