Icy roadways in Colorado contribute to truck accidents

A recent accident on Highway 385 may serve as a reminder of why it may be a good idea to stay off Colorado's roadways when weather conditions are poor. During dangerous weather conditions, truck accidents may become more frequent. Authorities believe that poor visibility due to blowing snow and high wind was a factor in a tragic accident that claimed the life of two people recently.

The accident happened on Highway 385 north of Holyoke. The 31-year-old driver of a pickup truck was traveling south when his truck struck a tractor-trailer head-on. Both vehicles were forced from the roadway and landed on the west side of the highway. The driver of the pickup truck and his 34-year-old passenger were both killed in the collision.

Authorities had to extricate the occupants of the pickup truck. The 57-year-old truck driver sustained injuries that preliminary reports indicate as minor, though their exact nature was not revealed. He was transported to a local hospital. The Colorado State Patrol had to conduct traffic control, and the highway was closed for several hours. Reports indicate that the pickup truck was traveling in the oncoming traffic lanes at the time of the accident.

Truck accidents are often devastating due to the sheer weight and force of a tractor-trailer. When this is combined with poor road and weather conditions, tragic accidents like this one may be the result. Even though poor visibility is believed to be a factor in this accident, the driver still had the responsibility to operate his vehicle safely or stay off the roadway until conditions improved. Because a passenger was killed and another driver was injured, civil claims may be filed against the estate of the deceased wrong-way driver. Such claims may provide the injured party and the family of the decedent much needed compensation for the difficulties faced after such a tragic accident.

Source: holyokeenterprise.com, "Accident kills two, injures another," Dec. 27, 2012

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