Tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks are vital to the U.S. economy. Most of the food, fuel, supplies and other merchandise that Colorado residents use on a daily basis are shipped and delivered by tractor-trailers. However, when an accident happens involving one of these massive rigs, the results can be catastrophic.
Recently near Vail, an accident involving two tractor-trailers injured several people and closed a major roadway for several hours. The accident happened during the morning hours on Interstate 70 near mile marker 178. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, a tractor-trailer traveling along Interstate 70 crashed into another tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the roadway. Reportedly, the truck that was parked got spun around violently while the other tractor-trailer jackknifed.
Authorities said the drivers of both vehicles and a passenger were injured and transported to an area hospital. Officers said the driver believed to have been at fault was charged with careless driving causing injury. The wreck caused debris to be spilled across the roadway, requiring intensive cleanup. The roadway was reportedly closed for over five hours.
What can be done in the aftermath?
Massive tractor-trailers use Colorado roadways that are already filled with passenger vehicles. The risk of serious injury or death is understandably high when a truck accident happens. Those who have suffered injuries or the tragic loss of a dear loved one due to negligence in truck accidents have the right to contact a legal representative and pursue claims for compensation.