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.
Truck accidents that result in fatalities happen much too often. Sometimes they are the fault of the truck drivers, sometimes they result from weather conditions, and sometimes they are caused by the vehicles with which the trucks collided. The size and weight of large trucks mean the damage in truck accidents can be horrific. A recent truck accident in Colorado Springs resulted in a fatality.
Truck accidents with such large vehicles as 18-wheeled semis can be harrowing experiences. Those types of truck accidents can result in major damage to other vehicles and to people. Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol reported a recent accident involving one of those semis and a pickup truck.
In our last post, we mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is preparing to establish a new regulation which will require manufacturers of large trucks to include electronic stability control system for all new vehicles manufactured after August 2017. The regulation is the latest addition to the corpus of federal regulations addressing the issue of trucking safety.