Tractor-trailers are a vital part of the U.S. economy but can also pose a risk for Colorado motorists who share the road with them. It’s not only the massive size of these trucks that makes them dangerous, but also the cargo they are hauling. Tractor-trailers often transport hazardous materials or oversized loads. Truck drivers must practice safe driving habits when they are on the roadways or they could put other motorists at risk. When truckers make a mistake or lose focus, they can cause fatal truck accidents.
Details of a fatal interstate wreck
Recently near Mead, a woman was killed when cargo being hauled by a tractor-trailer struck a bridge. The accident happened during the evening hours along Interstate 25 near the Mead exit. According to reports, a tractor-trailer passed under a bridge and its cargo struck the bridge, causing a slab of concrete to fall. Reports said the concrete smashed through the windshield of an SUV that was following the tractor-trailer.
Tragically, the driver of the SUV was killed in the accident. A child who was riding in the SUV suffered minor injuries. The southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 25 were closed for several hours following the incident.
Where can victims and families go for help?
When driving near tractor-trailers, drivers in smaller passenger vehicles should always give tractor-trailers space. Unfortunately, no one can predict when truck accidents will happen. Those in Colorado who are injured or lose a loved one due to negligence in a truck accident have the right to speak with an attorney and pursue claims for monetary damages. A successful lawsuit may result in compensation to ease the pain and suffering associated with these types of accidents.