Interstates and major highways in Colorado are heavily utilized by commercial trucks. Since most commercial trucks are big and heavy, they need more room to stop. If a large truck is following another vehicle too closely when traffic suddenly stops, it could lead to a serious or fatal accident. Unfortunately, this scenario occurs far too often on Colorado interstates.
An accident that killed a family of five may have been caused by a tailgating truck driver. The crash involved four vehicles and happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 just south of Colorado 66. According to accident reports, traffic had slowed to a crawl when a large box truck slammed into the back of the family’s SUV, killing all occupants.
Accident investigations revealed that the truck was traveling about 76 mph when it hit the SUV. Witnesses also told investigators that the truck driver was driving aggressively and tailgating. Additionally, the Colorado State Patrol noted that the truck had several violations relating to the brakes. Reportedly, the truck driver was arrested and charged with vehicular assault and five counts of vehicular homicide.
Although truck drivers must go through extensive training, it does not prevent them from making mistakes. Also, if commercial trucks are not properly loaded or maintained, it could lead to serious accidents. Those in Colorado who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones in truck accidents caused by negligence have the option of meeting with an experienced and skilled attorney who can help them pursue damages through a lawsuit.