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Poor Trucking Practices That Put Colorado Drivers on I-70 at Risk

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on April 11, 2022

The trucking industry never really sleeps, as drivers deliver goods back and forth across the country in shifts around the clock. In Colorado, truckers use I-70 which is a main thoroughfare crossing the state east and west. It has high elevations and steep grades when combined with Colorado’s winter weather makes it a much more complicated route for drivers of 18-wheelers.

When passenger vehicles get in accidents with these trucks the result is likely to be catastrophic. In 2020, a total of 4,014 people died in trucking accidents. 68 percent of those who perished were in smaller cars that collided with semi-trucks. If you or your loved one have been hurt in a Grand Junction trucking accident, Peters & Nolan, LLC, may be able to help.

Bad Trucking Practices

Semi-truck accidents are some of the deadliest collisions on the road. Colorado natives tend to say, “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.” The corridor itself is notoriously dangerous, and when truckers try to get away with negligent driving practices through there the risks increase not only for them, but for everyone else sharing the road. These bad trucking habits are:

  • Distracted driving. Anyone who is CDL certified knows better than to drive distracted by using things like a cell phone, GPS, or eating while en route. Still, drivers will reach for their phone to send a text and end up in a wreck.
  • Driving drowsy. Truckers drive for long shifts. Some trucking companies are overscheduling worn out drivers and pushing them to meet deadlines. Driving a semi-truck and falling asleep at the wheel can lead to a multi-car pile up.
  • Inexperienced drivers. The demand for drivers is the highest it has ever been. This can mean that some companies are doing the bare minimum training and putting these drivers out on dangerous roads before they have the experience to manage it.
  • Lane hopping. 18 wheelers have massive blind spots and changing lanes constantly on a winding interstate through steep mountains is a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Moving too quickly in such a heavy vehicle that wasn’t made to take hairpin turns quickly can send a truck swerving into other lanes causing side impact or underride accidents when smaller cars end up underneath the trailers.
  • Staying on the road in bad weather. When the roads are too icy the trailer may slide and exceed the speed of its cab causing the semi to jackknife.
  • Unsecured cargo. Overloaded trailers and unsecured cargo that shifts during the drive can create balance issues causing a truck to roll or letting the cargo smash into other vehicles on the road.

Trucking Industry Liability

Many drivers are independent contractors. Commercial companies hire most drivers. There are a few entities that can be held liable for an accident with an 18-wheeler, and trucking companies are notorious for trying to limit their own liability. Despite overscheduling their employees, undertraining them, and many times the trucks themselves have not been maintained according to the industry’s safety standards. If you have been in a wreck and are going up against a large trucking company, you will need an aggressive attorney to pursue damages for you.

Accident Attorneys Who Can Help

Trucking industry litigation is complex. When it comes to an 18-wheeler accident you need the best personal injury attorney you can get. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have a long track record of serving our clients well in their time of need. We will fight on your behalf with insurers and corporations to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office (970) 243-4357.

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