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Truck accidents: Being rear-ended can be devastating

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Trucks transporting goods on Colorado roadways are vital to maintaining the way of life that people have become accustomed to. Builders rely on trucks to deliver materials needed for projects. The building industry is thriving and the number of trucks on the road has risen to correspond with the needs of the industry. An increase in truck traffic leads to a potential increase in the number of truck accidents.

A truck carrying lumber recently failed to stop for a line of stopped traffic on Interstate 70 near Denver. The crash happened late one afternoon and involved at least 28 vehicles in a chain-reaction crash. The traffic was stopped due to an earlier accident. The impact from the crash caused a large fire to break out that engulfed many vehicles.

The truck had been carrying lumber that was strewn across the roadway as a result of the crash. Six people were transported to area hospitals. Four people died as a result of their injuries and the condition of the other two was not reported. The driver of the truck suffered only minor injuries. He has been taken into custody and is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide.

Defensive driving remains one of the best defenses against an accident in Colorado but when one is hit from behind there are very few defensive options available. This is especially true in the event of truck accidents because these big rigs need considerably more distance to come to a stop than a car would. Someone who loses a loved one as the result of such a devastating accident may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible for the accident. A successful claim can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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