It is always an unfortunate incident when a car crash occurs. However, it is especially dangerous when a head-on collision happens. These types of crashes have a higher chance of injury and death than other, less severe car accidents. A recent Colorado accident in which a car collided head-on with a semi-truck on Highway 40 demonstrates the dangers of encountering another vehicle in this type of collision.
The crash resulted in the deaths of three people. According to reports from authorities, the car, an Audi A4, was traveling westbound on Highway 40 when it drifted into the eastbound lanes, crashing into an oncoming tractor-trailer truck. The car spun around and ended up on the side of the highway, while the truck ran off the road spilling diesel fuel, which eventually caught on fire.
The 53-year-old truck driver managed to escape the burning wreckage before it was engulfed by the fire. He was transported to a local medical facility where he was treated for his injuries and then later released. The driver of the car was a 35-year-old man, while the front passenger was a 22-year-old man; both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The 19-year-old passenger in the back seat was not wearing a seat belt. All three occupants of the Audi were killed.
There have been no reports as to why the Audi had drifted into the wrong lane and eventually crashed head-on into the oncoming truck. There were no reports as to whether alcohol or intoxicants played a role in the crash; however, this type of evidence is commonly used in civil suits resulting from car accidents. It may be possible for the truck driver to sue the estate of the deceased driver of the Audi for his medical expenses, time lost from work as well as additional damages as a result of the crash.
Source: Glenwood Springs Post Independent, "Fiery head-on crash near Craig kills three," July 29, 2012