Police in Fort Collins are investigating a collision between a bicycle and a truck, which left the intersection of Horsetooth Road and Shields Street closed for four hours on Friday afternoon. Officers were notified of a report of a truck striking a bicycle at the intersection at around 3:09 p.m. on September 21.
The bicyclist was a 16-year-old female, who was heading south on Shields Street in the northbound lane. The truck was waiting to turn northbound onto Shields Street from the westbound lane of Horsetooth Road. The truck began turning right and the bicyclist swerved into the right lane, colliding with the truck.
The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital for moderate sustained injuries.
The truck driver has been identified as Donald Rishell and was not injured in the crash. According to a press release from the Fort Collins Police, officers believe that he may have been under the influence of alcohol.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman represents drunk driving victims and their families, helping them file lawsuits and defending them in civil court. Here are some of his thoughts on liability for drunk driving accidents in Colorado:
When a car accident is caused by negligence, the victims who have been injured or killed by the negligent driver may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. In cases involving drunk driving, Colorado and many other states also allow victims to file "dram shop" lawsuits against alcohol vendors who provided the alcohol to the drunk driver.
According to Colorado's dram shop laws, DUI accident victims may file lawsuits against licensed alcohol vendors if the vendor gave alcohol to someone who was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated, and that individual went on to cause a drunk driving accident.
If you or a loved one was recently hit by a drunk driver in Colorado and you'd like to find out more about your legal options, you can learn more by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.