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Truck Rollover Accident Shuts Down I-70

A large truck hauling 42,000 pounds of aluminum scrap was involved in a rollover accident Interstate 70 near the Glenwood Canyon early Friday morning, forcing highway officials to close the highway for several hours. I-70 was shut down at about 2 a.m. after the crash caused nearly 60 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the roadway. The highway was closed until 10:30 a.m., when a hazardous materials team finally cleaned up the spill. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

A recent study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that truck driver negligence is the main cause of nearly 87% of truck crashes in the United States. The study, which involved 120,000 large truck crashes which occurred over a two-year period, revealed that nearly 87% of the crashes were caused by one of the following types of driver negligence:

  • Non-Performance: The driver fell asleep, was disabled by a heart attack or seizure, or was physically impaired for another reason.
  • Recognition: The driver was inattentive, was distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle, or failed to observe the situation adequately for some other reason.
  • Decision: For example, the driver was driving too fast for conditions, misjudged the speed of other vehicles, or followed other vehicles too closely.
  • Performance: For example, the driver panicked, overcompensated, or exercised poor directional control.

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The Law Firm of Sloat & Nicholson P.C. are experienced Boulder truck accident attorneys handling cases involving truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and all types of accident injury cases in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and throughout the state of Colorado. Call 800-873-3202 today to discuss your case with a Boulder injury attorney, or simply fill out our case consultation form.

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