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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Many people often experience anxiety when driving on the road in the vicinity of semi trucks. News reports frequently feature stories of truck accidents that happen because of the lack of sleep of drivers who had delivery deadlines or because they may not see a smaller car on the road beside them. One of the more recent truck accidents on I-25 took the life of a Colorado State Trooper.

A report gathered from video footage from the patrol car and the semi showed the trooper had been stopped on the side of the interstate investigating an earlier wreck when the semi veered off the road and hit him. He died immediately upon impact. Another trooper was at the scene but was still in his patrol vehicle when the crash occurred. He said there was nothing that could have been done to save the life of his co-worker.

The driver of the semi truck pulled to the side of the interstate and stood by the guard rail during the immediate investigation. He voluntarily took a blood test, but his arrest record did not specify the presence of alcohol or drugs in his system. He was charged for not yielding the right of way to an emergency vehicle after the video showed he did not move to the next lane upon reaching the first accident. He was able to post his bond of $500 after his initial court appearance.

When truck accidents result in injury or death to others on the road, investigations often show negligence on the part of the truck drivers. Family members and survivors of the accidents may choose to file wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits against the truck drivers. Colorado residents who have been tragically affected by a truck accident should seek legal representation by an experienced professional who will work to get acceptable financial compensation benefits awarded.

Source: gazette.com, "Truck, Colorado State Patrol car capture video footage of wreck that killed trooper", Chhun Sun, Nov. 28, 2016

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