As the United States economy continues to grow and expand, there is a greater need to transport goods and merchandise across the country. This also means there is more commercial traffic than ever before on interstates and major highways across the state of Colorado. Since tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks are so large, they have the potential to be more dangerous than other vehicles on the road.
The Colorado Department of Transportation recently implemented changes to roadwork along a westbound stretch of Interstate 70 in Summit County due to safety concerns. The road construction project will now be done during the daytime hours so that conditions are safer for construction workers. According to CDOT, there have been at least six different truck accidents along Interstate 70 over the past month.
Just a few weeks ago, reports said a tractor-trailer traveling too fast on I-70 crashed, killing the truck driver and severely injuring a construction worker. With winter approaching, CDOT said ice and snow could make the area even more hazardous. CDOT usually schedules road construction projects overnight so that traffic is not affected. However, the recent accidents and potential for dangerous conditions prompted them to change the I-70 construction hours to the daytime.
Due to their size, tractor-trailers are less maneuverable and harder to stop. These are often factors that contribute to truck accidents. Those in Colorado who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one due to negligence in truck accidents can take action by contacting a knowledgeable attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in financial relief to help victims and families recover from this tragedy