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Motor vehicle accidents: Child hurt in Colorado

One man has been arrested following a serious rollover crash that injured a child, according to local sources. Colorado authorities say the man is being charged with drunk driving after the accident in Colorado Springs. The investigation is still underway, as a thorough investigation is required for motor vehicle accidents causing injury. 

According to the accident report, police say the 44-year-old man was headed eastbound in a pickup truck around 1:20 p.m. the afternoon of Sept. 29 when the accident occurred. The man's vehicle struck a parked car with enough speed to push the other vehicle some 40 to 50 feet down the road. The truck then flipped over, crushing the cab. 

A 21-month-old child was ejected from the vehicle and ended up pinned under the damaged truck. The child was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, but thankfully appears to have stabilized as of this report. Police say the man attempted to flee the scene after extricating himself from the truck, but that witnesses arrived and held him at the scene until police arrived shortly thereafter. The man now faces charges including is accused of DUI, vehicular assault and felony child abuse. 

The relationship between the child and the accused driver is not known at this time, but in the case of many motor vehicle accidents -- even those involving relatives -- the family of the injured child may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Colorado law stipulates that evidence of driver error is necessary if the court is to award damages to the family. They are entitled to use any evidence gathered by police to support their civil claim. 

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