A deadly crash occurred when a tanker truck plummeted down an embankment between the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70. The accident occurred on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in the early afternoon. As a result of the accident, Interstate 70 was closed in both directions near the city of Deer Trail, including between Exits 322 and 328. Westbound lanes eventually reopened just before 6 p.m.
A fly-over of the scene showed the tanker truck on fire, and a guard rail had been moved a far distance from its original place. Remnants of foam and other evidence of firefighter presence was also observed at the scene.
As a result of the accident, the Colorado State Patrol has confirmed one person was killed and is seeking any witnesses to the crash. The cause of the accident is still unknown.
The Dangers of Truck Traffic
When trucks are on the road alongside ordinary-sized cars, SUVs, and other personal vehicles, the danger of a serious or even fatal accident is all too real. Because of their large size and significant weight, semi-trucks and tanker trucks like the one here can present a very real danger when the driver acts negligently behind the wheel. This negligence can lead to very serious accidents, with the potential to seriously injure or kill others on Colorado roads.
It is important to be safe when operating your vehicle around large trucks, but when an accident is caused by the truck driver's negligence, the accident may be unavoidable. If you are injured as a result, you should not be on the hook for the high costs associated with your injuries.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you or a loved one are injured as the result of an accident caused by a truck driver, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. This compensation includes, but is not limited to:
- medical bills
- future medical costs
- costs of rehabilitation
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- lost earning capacity
- loss of consortium
This lawsuit can be filed by you and your personal injury attorney against the driver, the trucking company, and the insurance carrier responsible for covering the acts of the truck driver. Holding the truck driver and their employer responsible can help to ensure that your injuries are covered and compensated.
Following a Truck Accident: What to Do
After a truck accident, do everything in your power to make sure you collect as much information as possible. If you are able to get insurance information and file a police report at the scene, it is important to do so. In many cases, your first stop is the emergency room, as you may suffer severe injuries. As you recover, you or someone on your behalf should keep copies of all medical records and gather as much information as possible.
Consult an Experienced Denver Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident in the greater Denver metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.