Every driver on the road owes a duty of care not only to their passengers, but also to everyone else on the road. Many truck accidents are caused by drivers that are inattentive and not obeying the traffic laws. A recent accident in the Falcon area involving a pickup truck and a tow truck illustrates this point.
A preliminary report from the Colorado State Police indicates that a tow truck slammed into a pickup truck in front of the Meridian Point Church at the intersection of Garrett Road and Meridian Road. A witness told troopers that the tow truck failed to stop at the stop sign. No further details as to how the accident occurred are available at this time.
The driver and a passenger in the pickup truck never had a chance to be taken to a hospital. They both died at the scene. The driver of the tow truck sustained unknown injuries that were serious enough for emergency personnel to call in a helicopter to transport him to an area hospital. His current condition is not known.
What charges, if any, will be filed against the tow truck driver by Colorado State Police remains to be seen. Truck accidents have a tendency to cause more serious injuries than car accidents under the same conditions due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle involved. For this reason, truck drivers may need to exercise more caution than drivers that are in smaller, more lightweight vehicles. Whether this driver exercised reasonable care may become an issue in any wrongful death claim filed on behalf of the families of the deceased victims.
Source: koaa.com, "CSP investigate a double fatal in the Falcon area," Connie Murphy, May 6, 2013