Two people were fatally injured in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160 in the Cherry Creek area Thursday, July 20.
The accident occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m., just east of the Montezuma-La Plata county line. According to police, a male driver in an SUV was traveling west toward Mancos when he hydroplaned into the eastbound lane, crashing into an SUV
that was carrying a family of four. The 52-year-old father and a 16-year-old son in the SUV were both killed in the collision.
The mother and a 14-year-old son were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. They were reportedly recovering well in the aftermath of the crash.
The 36-year-old driver of the first SUV, a Nissan Armada, was heading west when a sudden downpour of rain made for poor visibility. He was alert and talking to responders at the scene, and he only had mild injuries. Criminal charges were pending a completed investigation, and police did not comment as to whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
Liability can be difficult to determine
It’s not always easy to determine liability after a car accident. In many cases, the person who causes a head-on collision is the one who was in the wrong lane. However, the weather conditions at the time of the crash could also be an important factor.
Only a skilled attorney can help you prove liability on the part of the defendant in your personal injury claim. For more information on your legal options, meet with experienced La Plata auto accident lawyer
at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.