It goes without saying that driving along crowded interstates and highways in Colorado can be a daunting task. Most of the major highways and interstates here are heavily utilized by tractor-trailers and other very large commercial trucks. For those in smaller passenger vehicles, traveling at high speeds near these gigantic trucks can be nerve-racking and very dangerous. Unfortunately, truck accidents have a higher chance of being very serious or fatal.
Fiery and fatal crash
A truck driver who caused a 28-vehicle crash in Denver that claimed the lives of four people is facing some very serious charges. The accident happened on Interstate 70 near Colorado Mills Parkway. Reportedly, the trucker was driving a tractor-trailer full of lumber and lost his brakes. According to reports, the truck driver barreled down the interstate at speeds over 85 mph, swerving and forcing other vehicles off the roadway. Reports said the tractor-trailer slammed into standstill traffic near a bridge, causing multiple explosions and fires.
Authorities said 28 total vehicles were involved in the incident, while four people were killed and six others were injured. According to police, the truck driver was hit with 41 total charges in connection with the incident. These charges included assault and vehicular homicide. His trial began recently, and he could be facing decades of incarceration if convicted of all charges.
Thanks to a booming economy, commercial traffic is only going to increase on roadways in Colorado. Although truck drivers are required to undergo hours of specialized training before they can get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, they are not exempt from making mistakes. Those in Colorado who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones due to negligence in truck accidents could pursue rightful damages by contacting an experienced and skilled litigator.