It’s no secret that roadways across the state of Colorado see heavy volumes of commercial traffic at nearly all hours of the day and night. Sharing the road with huge commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers is a daily occurrence for the majority of drivers here. While commercial truck drivers have to complete hours of training and obtain specific licenses, they often drive hundreds of miles in a day and may experience fatigue, which can lead to their making bad judgments or decisions behind the wheel. Unfortunately, when truck drivers lose focus, they can cause fatal and catastrophic truck accidents.
Details of an accident involving a tractor-trailer
Recently in Thornton, an accident involving a tractor-trailer injured a motorist and claimed the life of a driver. The crash happened just before noon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near 84th Avenue. According to police reports, a sedan and a tractor-trailer collided, but the news report offered no specifics as to the details of the crash.
Tragically, the driver of the sedan was killed in the accident. A passenger in the sedan was taken to a local medical center with injuries. Earlier that day in the same location, another tractor-trailer overturned and leaked hazardous materials all over the roadway, which resulted in hours-long cleanup efforts and road closures.
Where can victims go for help?
Tractor-trailers are massive vehicles, and this makes them dangerous for those in smaller passenger vehicles. But it’s not only the size of these trucks that makes them so dangerous: they are often hauling hazardous cargo as well. When truck accidents caused by negligence result in injuries or death, victims and families in Colorado reserve the right to contact an experienced attorney and take legal action. A lawsuit, if successful, could supply victims and families with much-needed and deserved compensation to help them get through this traumatic experience.