Construction zones may lead to car accidents in Colorado

Construction zones on the road can not only slow your commute, they can also increase the risk of a car accident due to obstructions on the road and cars having to suddenly come to a stop or a slow their pace. If a driver fails to stop in time, the results can be deadly, especially when multiple vehicles are involved in an accident. This is what happened in a recent crash in Colorado, when a tractor-trailer failed to stop before a line of vehicles stuck in traffic. This led to a six-vehicle crash that left two people dead, further emphasizing the devastation that these types of car accidents can cause.

At the time of the accident, a line of traffic had formed due to the congestion created by the construction zone. This required vehicles to slow down and stop momentarily. The line of five vehicles was stopped in the northbound lane of CO 69 when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of the last vehicle in the line. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 57-year-old man, was ejected out of the truck from the force of the impact.

The truck then ran off the right side of the road, hitting a 20 year-old construction worker before rolling onto its side and coming to a stop. At least two people were transported via airlift to St. Anthony's, a local medical center. A third victim was transported to another hospital. Two people died as a result of the accident; however, it is unclear from reports which two individuals lost their lives.

The authorities do not suspect that alcohol contributed to causing the crash in Colorado. There have been no reports of any civil lawsuits for personal injury or wrongful death filed in this case as of yet, but civil filings are a common occurrence after these types of car accidents. If any injured party does choose to file a lawsuit for personal injury, the y could pursue reimbursement for medical expenses and other damages. In addition, the estates of the individuals killed in the crash may also file wrongful death suit in the matter.

Source: krdo.com, "Six-vehicle accident kills two near Westcliffe," July 31, 2012

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