When you’re behind the wheel, there’s a fair chance you’ll see something happening on the side of the road. Whether a police officer has pulled over another car, a construction worker is at work, or a pedestrian is making their way down the sidewalk, there are countless situations that could be unfolding.
Although it can be inconvenient, drivers are requested to move into another lane or otherwise follow directions when approaching and passing these vehicles. These requests are for the safety of all people involved, to ensure that everyone feels safe and protected — regardless of whether they are a driver or a pedestrian.
Unfortunately, this does not always go as planned. A recent event out of Douglas County reminds us of the importance of staying alert.
In late November, Trooper Cody Donahue was killed in the line of duty. The 11-year Colorado State Patrol veteran was struck and killed while investigating an accident on Interstate 25.
The trooper was killed when a commercial food carrier truck hit him while he was outside of his vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Noe Gamez-Ruiz was detained at the scene and ultimately charged with Careless Driving Resulting in Death, Failure to Yield the Right-Of-Way to Emergency Vehicle.
Our condolences go out to Trooper Donahue’s family during this difficult time.
You Can Prevent Accidents
While all deaths are tragic, this one is especially so, considering it was entirely avoidable. Colorado state law requires drivers to safely move at least one lane away from an officer who is pulled over on the side of the road.
This law is specifically meant to keep officers safe and out of harm’s way so that accidents like this do not happen. As a driver, it’s important to remember that you are not only responsible for your safety, but for maintaining a general level of safety on the road.
This consideration should not just apply to law enforcement, but to all individuals who have pulled off to the side or are occupying the side of the road for any reason. We can use this case as a reminder to be aware of the posted speed limit, as well. By exercising proper judgment and following the law, you’ll be doing everyone a favor.
That said, accidents happen. As Denver accident lawyers, we understand that human error sometimes results in a situation that you would have preferred to avoid. So, if you’ve suffered injuries in an automobile accident, pedestrian accident, or any other situation that you feel could benefit from a trusted lawyer, we are here to help.
We have the experience and skill to help you get the compensation you deserve. So, don’t let your case loom overhead any longer. Feel free to contact us.