Interstate 70 Truck Accident
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Interstate 70 (I-70) is a central US west-east freeway running from Cove Fort, Utah, at the I-15 junction and ending in Baltimore, Maryland, east of I-695. The freeway travels near or through major metropolitan areas, including Denver, Colorado, Topeka, Kansas, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, Indianapolis, Indiana, Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
During the initial planning, the first proposal of I-70 started in Denver, Colorado. However, Colorado and Utah pressured federal planners to extend the highway out west to ensure better commerce.
The freeway junctions with other significant state and federal highways including:
- 15 (Cove Fort)
- 29 (Kansas City)
- 35 (Kansas City)
- 44 (St. Louis)
- 57 (Effingham)
- 65 (Wentzville, Indianapolis)
- 68 (Pecktonville)
- 71 (Columbus)
- 74 (Indianapolis)
- 75 (Vandalia)
- 76 (New Stanton)
- 77 (Cambridge)
- 79 (Washington, PA)
- 81 (Hagerstown)
- 99 (Bedford)
- 135 (Salina)
- 170 (Berkeley)
- 270 (Bridgeton, Columbus, Frederick)
- 470 (Topeka, Tecumseh, Independence, Saint Clairsville, Wheeling)
- 435 (Edwardsville, Kansas City)
- 635 (Kansas City)
- 670 (Kansas City, Columbus)
- 695 (Woodlawn)
What Truck Accident Victims Should Know
A big rig’s sheer size and weight can cause catastrophic accidents with severe injuries and fatalities. Many of these crashes involve big-box trucks, semi-tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, long-haul truckers, and commercial vehicles.
Semi-trailer accidents typically resulted in significantly more damage than passenger car crashes, with a fully-loaded truck weighing 80,000 pounds traveling at any speed. However, receiving financial compensation for damages caused by a big rig can be complicated.
Non-commercial truckers might be the only responsible party involved in a civil lawsuit or insurance claim. Alternatively, most commercial rigs are owned and operated by trucking companies that employ others to drive their trucks.
A civil case or compensation claim might involve multiple parties, including:
- The trucker who caused the accident
- The trucking company that failed to provide sufficient supervision and training
- The truck manufacturer that sold their trucks with defective parts
- The maintenance company that neglected to replace worn tires
- Municipalities that failed to ensure road safety and construction zones or maintain icy/slippery surfaces
A personal injury attorney working on behalf of the victim might build a case on how the trucking company violated state and federal commercial trucking regulations that led to the accident with damages.
Successfully resolving the case can ensure that the victim receives adequate financial compensation to cover all damages, including medical expenses, hospitalization costs, rehabilitation bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain, and suffering.
I-70 Traffic Accident Reports
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 4000 people lost their lives in large truck accidents in 2018. Current news reports in 2021 revealed that I-70 travelers deal with serious hazards caused by adverse weather conditions, including cold climates with devastating snowstorms, blizzards, and black ice.
The Illinois DOT released truck accident statistics for 2018, revealing 13,071 accidents involving 2235 injuries and 122 deaths.
Some crashes result from driving too fast for the posted speed limit, disobeying traffic signs and lights, failing to negotiate curves, sudden lane changes, improper yielding the right-of-way, and violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
Nearly all of these catastrophic accidents involve commercial trucks, semi-tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and long-haul trucking, causing severe injury and death. Some of the accidents posted online include:
Colorado, December 2020 – Colorado State Police said that I-70 was closed following a crash involving an Amazon semi-tractor-trailer on Tuesday, December 30, 2020. According to news reports, the accident resulted in significant damage to the interstate’s right shoulder.
The trucker stated that adverse road conditions, including snow and ice, caused the crash. Local law enforcement closed lanes for hours. There were no reported injuries.
Indiana, July 2020 – News reports reveal that prosecutors charged a trucker with nine fatalities after an accident on I-70 killed four children from Missouri. Records show that the thirty-one-year-old Camden, Ohio driver had been arrested three times before in Ohio for drug possession.
The driver’s charges included a Level Four felony count for operating a truck while intoxicated, leading to death, and four Level Five felony counts of reckless homicide. The driver also faces a Level Four felony count for driving his truck while intoxicated, leading to catastrophic injury.
Documents reveal that the driver had a history of illegal drug use. Within hours after the crash, the truck driver’s urine test results showed a presence of ecstasy (MDMA), amphetamines, and cannabis. In 2013, the trucker had been arrested for possession of heroin. Those charges were dismissed after completing a drug treatment intervention program.
The accident closed the accident scene for hours until the car, semi-tractor-trailer, debris could be removed from the area.
Colorado, September 2020 – According to news reports, a westbound I-70 multi-vehicle crash in Colorado closed the interstate’s lanes around 8:00 AM on Friday morning, September 4, 2020. The crash involved a semi-tractor-trailer in passenger vehicles heading westbound on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
At the time of the horrific crash, the brakes on a flatbed semi-truck hauling construction material failed after exiting the Eisenhower Tunnel, near Silverthorne. The truck traveling down the hill at extreme speed collided with three passenger cars.
One vehicle, with the female and her two children, rolled numerous times. Emergency Medical Technicians airlifted the unresponsive truck driver to Denver’s Saint Anthony Central Hospital.
The mother and two young children were transported by ambulance to the Denver, Broomfield, Colorado Summit Medical Center. All lanes were scattered with debris, oil, fuel, and hazardous materials.
Road closures and long traffic delays were expected throughout Friday, while crews cleaned up the scene.
Hiring a Highway Accident Injury Attorney to Resolve a Truck Crash Compensation Case
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