The 59-year-old man who ran into and killed a 32-year-old bicyclist while driving in July 2012 has accepted a plea deal in his careless driving criminal case in exchange for entering a guilty plea. The charges in this case, a Class 1 traffic offense, could have landed the man in jail for up to one year. However, as part of the plea agreement, the man will be required to perform 100 hours of community service and will not be required to spend any time in jail.
While criminal case against the 59-year-old man is coming to an end, the guilty plea in this case has paved the way for the victim’s family to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the man. Specifically, the guilty plea establishes fault and negligence on the part of the 59-year-old man, which could provide the victim’s family with strong evidence to win a wrongful death lawsuit. In Colorado, there is a two year statute of limitations on fatal car accident lawsuits, which means that the family of the victim in this case will have until July 22, 2014 to file a civil lawsuit against the man if they decide to do so.
Although no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, pursing a wrongful death lawsuit in fatal car accident cases like this can be crucial helping the family secure compensation they need for:
- Outstanding medical bills, as the victim was treated in the emergency room, where he subsequently died from his injuries
- Funeral and burial costs
- Mental anguish and suffering due to the tragic and untimely death of a loved one
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you are encouraged to consult with the car accident and wrongful death lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Our trusted Denver personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident and wrongful death lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a car accident claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.