A truck driver who reportedly ran his vehicle into a number of other cars is facing serious charges, according to local sources. Truck accidents can be destructive affairs, and Colorado authorities have confirmed this one is no different. Four people are dead, several others injured, and the driver deemed responsible could face decades behind bars if he is found guilty.
Trucks transporting goods on Colorado roadways are vital to maintaining the way of life that people have become accustomed to. Builders rely on trucks to deliver materials needed for projects. The building industry is thriving and the number of trucks on the road has risen to correspond with the needs of the industry. An increase in truck traffic leads to a potential increase in the number of truck accidents.
Tractor-trailers perform a duty that is critical for the maintenance of the American lifestyle. With so many big rigs on Colorado roads, truck accidents are bound to happen. Due to the enormous size and weight of these vehicles in comparison to passenger vehicles, those accidents are often quite severe. There are several steps one should take when he or she is involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer to promote safety and prepare for dealing with the legal aspects of the accident.
Semitrailers flood the roadways across this country, transporting everything from toilet paper to exotic cars. The products they carry enable citizens to live the lives they have become accustomed to -- a life where anything one needs can usually be found in a store nearby. The country depends on the services these trucks provide. There are, however, dangers associated with 80,000 pound vehicles covering the roadways. When truck accidents happen, the results are often catastrophic.
One person is dead and another is critically injured following a semi truck crash on Interstate 70, according to local law enforcement. Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash on the morning of Dec. 12. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, but as with most truck accidents of this magnitude, the investigation is ongoing.
Driving a semitruck is not easy. It takes more time to gain speed and come to a complete stop than a much smaller vehicle. Navigating around curves and corners, traffic congestion and parking lots often takes nerves of steel. Drivers of these unwieldy transporters can easily find themselves as the cause of truck accidents. One of Colorado's most recent semitruck accidents resulted in injuries for two people.
All drivers must beware when they are on the road. Distractions inside the car -- such as cell phones, children or radios -- can draw needed attention from all that is going on around them. Car and truck accidents can and do happen when drivers are not fully aware of their surroundings. One of Colorado's most recent truck accidents happened on a state highway, causing damage to several vehicles and injury to three people.
Many people often experience anxiety when driving on the road in the vicinity of semi trucks. News reports frequently feature stories of truck accidents that happen because of the lack of sleep of drivers who had delivery deadlines or because they may not see a smaller car on the road beside them. One of the more recent truck accidents on I-25 took the life of a Colorado State Trooper.
Personal injury lawsuits are frequently filed after people have been seriously injured or have died because of the negligence of another person. The injuries can come from a variety of sources, including car and truck accidents. One of a number of truck accidents on a Colorado interstate injured several people in a recent afternoon incident.
The amount of any money judgment awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a fatal Colorado traffic accident typically depends on the specifics of the accident and the extent of the damages documented. Truck accidents are often fatal, simply because of the greater mass of the vehicle when compared to others on the roads. Drivers believed responsible for fatal truck accidents, as well as their employers, find themselves defending against civil claims for both economic and non-economic losses.