Ask even the youngest person in Colorado Springs what a red light means and he or she will tell you that it means to stop. While nearly everyone knows that, not everyone follows traffic laws and stops at red lights. Sadly, when they don't, they can cause serious motor vehicle accidents like the one that recently happened in Colorado Springs.
A 21-year-old woman was driving west on West Cimarron Street and approaching the intersection with the Interstate 25 underpass when she blew through a red light and smashed into a left-turning Ford Excursion. Both the driver and the passengers of the Excursion were taken to the hospital. Fortunately, doctors believe their injuries to be non-life threatening, but there is no clear indication of how severe their injuries are.
While it can be incredibly difficult to prove some car crashes in Colorado Springs were caused by a negligent driver, when it is very obvious that the accident was the result of someone breaking the law, it is much easier for a victim and his or her car accident attorney to show negligence. This also means that it will likely be easier for the injured motorists to be compensated for their medical bills, their pain and suffering, and the other damages that come out of a serious motor vehicle accident.
In this story, not only did the woman's decision to run a red light leave the people in the other car injured, but she also injured her own passenger. She was driving with an adult passenger in the back seat, and the passenger's skull fractured when the Subaru Legacy they were in smashed into the Excursion. Fortunately, he or she is expected to make a full recovery.
Source: The Colorado Springs Gazette,"Colorado Springs fire crew cuts through car, rescues driver after serious crash," Andrea Sinclair, May 28, 2013