LAKEWOOD, CO (April 26, 2019) - Thursday afternoon a semi-truck hauling lumber crashed into multiple vehicles on I-70 in Denver causing a fiery and deadly pileup of vehicles.
The semi-truck crashed into vehicles going eastbound on I-70 during the evening rush hour, in addition to crashing into another crash ahead of the standstill traffic.
The crash involved at least 28 vehicles comprised of 4 semi-trucks and 24 cars and trucks, and reports show an unknown number of people have been killed.
At least six people have been sent to the hospital with injuries not yet being reported, according to the Lakewood Police Department.
The semi-truck driver is now facing vehicular homicide charges following the accident and is expected to be booked into Jefferson County Jail once released from the hospital. At this time, there is no suspicion of alcohol or drugs related to the accident, however, it is an ongoing investigation.
Agent Ty Countryman from the Lakewood Police Department says that there should be enough "probable cause to charge vehicular homicide". Further, there will be a full investigation conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
The deadly semi-trucking accident is still being investigated and since then eastbound I-70 will remain closed until Saturday as CDOT will be inspecting the bridge for damage. CDOT will perform a full inspection on the bridge along with the pavement for any type of damage.
News footage shows towers of flames engulfing multiple vehicles along with the lumber that was being hauled.
Resources for Victims
Denver Trial Lawyers ® will be closely monitoring this investigation as it develops. Our office routinely works with victim advocates within the Jefferson County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department. Now is the time to focus on family and loved ones and spend time with those that are close to you.
Understanding Truck Accidents
As you can see from the story above, which resulted in serious bodily injury and death. Truck accidents are usually more complex than normal auto accidents because there may be a number of different parties involved and the severity of the damage that is caused.
The trucking company may be partially liable for your accident as they may have knowingly placed an inexperienced driver on the roadways or knowingly allowed the driver to exceed the mandated hours of service. The truck maintenance company may also be responsible if the truck was not properly maintained.
Finally, the manufacturer of the truck or specific truck parts could be held liable if one of those parts were defective.
Those severely injured in a truck accident may suffer chronic pain and emotional trauma related to the accident. In most cases, immediately following the accident, the trucking company will have people on the scene. The Lakewood Police Departement will be conducting an extensive investigation to find out whether the trucking company can be held responsible. Crucial evidence may be removed, leaving victims helpless to prove negligence.
You Must Act Quickly Following a Semi Accident
The actions you take in the first hours and days following your accident are crucial, especially if you hope to restore the harms and losses you suffered or your loved ones have suffered.
Speak to an attorney about finding out what your rights are, whether or not you can bring claims against the trucking company, the trucking maintenance company, and others, in addition to the driver himself following this terrible accident. You can sue the trucking company following this terrible accident, the less likely you are to have to deal with insurance investigators or the trucking company's attorneys who will definitely not have your best interests at heart.
Were you involved or injured in this semi-truck accident on I-70? We can help you through the complex process of dealing with the trucking company.
Speak With a Trucking Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in this serious truck accident you should immediately consult with an experienced lawyer to discuss your legal options. The Denver Trial Lawyers ® have specialized in these types of trucking accidents for years and have recovered millions of dollars for their clients similar to these types of incidents. Our team can guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights and interests are fully protected. Let us start on your case today.
When you have been involved in a serious accident and there are multiple factors and different individuals who can be found at fault, it is difficult to receive fair compensation from all parties. Time of the essence and we recommend you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.