Commercial Vehicle accidents have the potential to be the most devastating accidents we see. On Thursday, April 25th, 2019 the actions of one driver, a 23 year old from Texas driving a commercial vehicle, ended the lives of 4 Colorado citizens, and altered the lives of countess Colorado citizens. Semi-trucks, also called commercial vehicles, are governed under different and sometimes additional federal regulations than passenger vehicles. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 required and established minimum federal standards for operators of commercial vehicles including but not limited to:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with the responsibility of making sure that drivers who are on our roads, and who are responsible for driving these commercial vehicles meet these minimum requirements, as well as set standards for the companies who employ them to maintain their heavy equipment vehicles. Commercial trucking companies however often are negligent and have policies and company cultures that do not meet minimum federal standards, and therefore are often held, in part, as responsible for these serious and often devastating accidents.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reports that there has been 79 accidents within. .25 miles of the Denver West Exit in the last 2 years. Semi-truck in Colorado alone have been involved in 10,257 crashes in the last 2 years (1.4% of which were fatal accidents).
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle, call the Lawyers at Bell & Pollock Injury Law to get a free case evaluation. They are available now at (720) 613-6736
What is known, and has been released from authorities thus far in this case is:
• A Commercial Vehicle was going to fast down I70 and rammed into others causing a 12 car 4 semi-truck fatal accident.
• Four fatalities have since been reported
• 10 others reported injuries
• Good Samaritans helped pull people from burning cars
• The driver of the Semi who was from Texas, and did have an up to date Commercial driver’s license was arrested on four counts of vehicular homicide.
• I70 was re-opened Saturday after 2 inches of Asphalt was repaired.
Truck accident cases like this are very serious, and there is a significant amount of information that needs to be preserved, as well as documented as soon as possible. Although the specific cause or causes of this truck accident have not been made public at this point, it is extremely important that a team of experienced professionals be involved in this process from the start. From forensic crash analysis specialists, to forensic mechanical experts, to an experienced truck accident attorney.
Experienced Commercial Truck accident Lawyers at Bell & Pollock P.C. have dealt with devastating & fatal, commercial vehicle crashes in the past and have advocated for the rights of victims and their families since their inception in 1986. Seeking justice, and changing the status quo of trucking companies and their drivers is what drives Partner Gary Bell and Brad Pollock. Don’t trust your case with just anyone. Trust the Champions of the People! Call now to speak with Gary Bell or Brad Pollock about your Truck Accident Case (720) 613-6736