Denver, CO – Driver Sentenced After Crash That Killed Police Officer
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 12:33 pm
58-year-old John Carpenter was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 850 hours of community service after the crash that killed Colorado State Patrol trooper. Cpl. Daniel Groves.
The incident happened on I-76.
Carpenter pleaded to careless driving resulting in death and failing to exercise caution while approaching a stationary vehicle, resulting in death.Dealing with the grief and trauma of a loved one being severely hurt or killed in an accident is painful. You may not be aware that it is possible to hold the responsible person accountable. Bourassa Law Group can help you get the medical treatment, financial compensation, and justice you need after being involved in a serious accident. Call (303) 331-6186 for a free consultation with one of our Denver injury lawyers.
Note: Bourassa Law Group has extensive experience representing victims of a variety of accidents. Even with experience, it is never easy to take in the impact the kinds of accidents we blog about have on victims and their families. Our posts are compiled from local news sources, which often don't convey the full picture. When more details emerge, some of our posts may contain incomplete information. If information in this post is out of date or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our post.
Disclaimer: This blog covers an array of sensitive cases. Our aim in publishing these posts is to display how commonly such tragic accidents occur as well as how damaging they can be. Readers, hopefully, can be armed with information they can use to avoid being involved in an accident. Content within these postings should not be construed as legal advice.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.