5 Things Truck Drivers Do That Lead to Serious Injury

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Because truck drivers are professional drivers who receive special training and must carry a special license, one would reasonably expect them to drive cautiously and follow all traffic laws to prevent accidents. After all, even at relatively slow speeds, collisions with semi-trucks can be fatal for passenger car drivers.

Unfortunately, not all truck drivers drive in a reasonable manner. They often engage in careless or downright reckless behaviors that put others on the road at serious risk of injury and death. The following are five things that truck drivers do that cause severe accidents, and what you can do to protect yourself from them.

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Fatal Change of Lanes Prompts Wrongful Death Suit

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highwayYou may have read our recent blog post about the truck driver’s astounding accident free record. We can only hope that truck drivers traveling through dangerous Colorado areas, like on I-70 through the Vail Pass, have similar safety records. Unfortunately, most aren’t so lucky and do not achieve this. While a perfect track record can’t be expected of all drivers, but we expect that truck drivers will drive especially safe with the knowledge that their minor mistake can create a major accident. [Read more…]

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Record Setting Four Million Miles without a Truck Accident

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truck We all find pride in different things. Some of us show pride in our cooking and our famous family lasagna. Some of us can change a tire in record time.  Others have pride in their lifelong no-ticket streak.

Andres Corona certainly has something to be proud of. The Texas truck driver has driven four million miles on the job without an accident. It is hard to believe this is even possible with the reported highway backups and tragic accidents spattered throughout the news cycle.  [Read more…]

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Drowsy Package Delivering Leads to Disastrous Truck Accidents

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truck crashDrowsiness turns deadly when truck drivers fail to take caution and remain alert while driving.

Lately we have been hearing way too many headlines about devastating truck accidents and the anguish caused by sleep-deprived truck drivers.  In early June, comedian Tracy Morgan’s vehicle was hit by an allegedly tired Wal-Mart truck driver. According to CNN, the driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash.

While Tracy Morgan’s condition has improved, the driving conditions for truck drivers has not. [Read more…]

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Interstate 70: The Colorado Danger Zone

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard a sour story about I-70, I would likely be the richest person in Colorado. Running through the Rocky Mountains, this interstate is prone to the effects of avalanches, rockslides, and severe weather conditions, causing major delays and perturbing congestion.

The infamy is not unwarranted. Interstate 70 has a prolific history of road closures, horrific accidents, and falling boulders causing injuries, gridlock traffic, and fatalities affecting people traveling to major Colorado destinations like Denver and Vail. Just recently on the 4th, a pedestrian was killed on the interstate. According to the Vail Daily, this closed the road for three hours.

Commercial semi trucks and slope-bound tourists do not bode well together in this tricky terrain. Accidents are far too frequent. Trucks careen off the road and cars lose control. You cannot go a week without learning the news of an accident on Interstate 70. [Read more…]

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“Selfies” the Newest Distracted Driving Fad

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Selfie Distracted Driving | Colorado Springs, CO | Sears & Associates, P.C.Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., it has only transformed. Years ago, makeup in the mirror, hot coffee in the cup holder and eating breakfast on the way to work, all while trying to answer the car phone, kept drivers’ eyes—and attention—off the road.

Fast-forwarding to today, and as if we need more; texting, social media, smartphones, satellite radio, and tablets now also grapple for a drivers attention in Colorado and across the nation.

The latest fad, however, is not something we ever saw coming, but is extremely dangerous.

Many of you engaged in social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter are aware of the dreaded “selfie”. [Read more…]

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Family Awarded $14 Million in Airbag Failure Settlement

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Airbag Injury | Auto Accident Injury Attorney | Sears & Associates, P.C.For those who drive a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon, or any vehicle with multiple airbags, there are some things you must know.  While airbags are meant to protect you and your passengers in the event of a crash; ironically, many injuries occur from the deployment of an airbag, sometimes causing much more harm than good.

As an experienced auto accident attorney in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I’ve seen a number of accidents in which the airbag caused severe injury, even death. Other times, however, the airbags don’t deploy at all.

In older vehicles, airbags would often deploy too forcefully, injuring small adults or children in the front seat. As technology around driver and passenger safety has advanced, however, it is now the sensors that control airbags that are the newest cause of airbag failure. [Read more…]

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Man killed in Colorado Springs during honorary cross-country walk

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Colorado Springs attorneyAs wrongful death attorneys in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we’ve unfortunately experienced our fair share of tragic events.  But what follows is a truly heartbreaking story.

According to a report from KKTV, Mr. Joe Bell, an Oregon resident, was traveling through Colorado as part of a coast to coast walk.  Bell set out on this journey in an effort to memorialize his 15-year-old son who had taken his own life as a result of relentless bullying.

After tragically losing his son, Bell felt he had two choices: he could simply lie down and give up, or, he could do something to ensure his son’s death was not in vain. It was then that Mr. Bell decided he would walk across this great nation spreading his anti-bullying message and sharing his son’s tragic story. [Read more…]

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