Driving a truck takes considerable skill and sound decision making. Unlike other vehicles, trucks are much more difficult to steer because of their enormous size. Trucks also cannot stop immediately, so it is always best for truck drivers to practice extra caution. Otherwise, truck drivers may causetruck accidents that will not only result in injuries for everyone involved, but may also result in fatalities. A recent truck accident that occurred north of Denver, Colorado illustrates this problem.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, a fatal truck crash happened at the intersection of a county road and local highway when a car driven by a 29-year-old man stopped to make a left turn; at the same time, a semi-truck traveling behind the car failed to yield to the car and rear ended the vehicle. The car driver died as a result of the collision.
The road was closed for three hours after the accident. The 29-year-old driver’s death was the nineteenth death on that county road in the last year. The recent accident came on the heels of another fatal accident that happened just last month which also involved a car and a truck.
The accident is a grim reminder for truck drivers to always drive with extra care, especially on roads in Denver which are prone to accidents. If they fail to do so and cause injuries, truck drivers can be held liable by their victims for negligence. However, not only drivers can be sued. Truck owners, if found violating federal trucking regulations can be held equally responsible. If a victim dies in the accident, family members can file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim.