Teenager Charged With DUI After Serious Colorado Springs Accident
The dangers of drinking and driving were once again on full display in Colorado Springs recently.
An 18-year-old driver was charged with DUI and other offenses following a crash in Colorado Springs, KKTV reports. Three people were reportedly injured in the accident, including one who was ejected from the driver’s vehicle.
The unidentified teenager was driving a Nissan that collided with a Chevy Silverado on North Academy at Rebecca Lane just before 2 a.m., local police told KKTV. The Nissan driver “was found to be intoxicated,” the cops said.
The crash comes as drunk driving accidents appear to be on the upswing in Colorado. The state saw 14% more fatal accidents involving an impaired driver in the first 10 months of last year (168), compared to the same period in 2019. That was despite the coronavirus pandemic shrinking the total traffic volume statewide as many Coloradans stayed off the road and at home.
Nationwide, drivers are engaging in more risky behavior behind the wheel during the pandemic, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That includes speeding and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Colorado Springs accident is a stark reminder of the consequences of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. The person who was thrown from the vehicle was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. The other two Nissan passengers, who were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed by firefighters, were also sent to the hospital with injuries.
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The state is home to the third-worst drivers in the country, according to a recent analysis by insurance policy shopping tool QuoteWizard. The company looked at more than 2 million insurance quotes to score drivers on a number of factors and gauge how the states stack up.
When a negligent driver causes an accident, he or she – and the person’s insurer – is generally responsible for any injuries that happen as a result. The money damages typically available in these cases include compensation for medical bills and property damage, as well as missed wages while recuperating and any impact on an injured person’s long-term earning capacity resulting from the injuries.
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