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Driving down a leveled road is difficult enough, but when mountainous terrain and a heavy vehicle are added to the mix, it can end up as the recipe for a catastrophic truck accident. As Denver reels from the tragic truck accident on I-70 that involved 28 vehicles and caused at least four fatalities, the National Trucking Safety Organization wants people to remember the importance of proper driver training.
The organization is urging trucking companies to ensure their drivers have the proper training for the locations where they will be driving. Mountain driving, especially when it involves such a heavy vehicle, requires proper training and it is the company’s responsibility to ensure that their drivers have it.
The driver in question was coming down a steep mountain grade traveling 85 miles per hour; he claimed his brakes stopped working. According to safety experts, he should have known how to descend a mountain without overheating his brakes and losing control.
The true magnitude of the tragedy will unfold in the upcoming months, but it has left a number of injuries and deaths in its wake. Even when a truck accident doesn’t involve as many vehicles as this one, it wreaks havoc in the lives of the victims and their family members. Funeral expenses, medical bills and lost wages are only some examples of the mounting costs that will come after a crash. The victims of these accidents might be able to hold the trucking company liable for the injuries they received in the crash.