Driving is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly, which is something commercial drivers should understand very well. Motorists owe a duty of caution to protect everyone on the road, including their passengers.
According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, two men were killed in an accident involving a single commercial truck. As the truck, which was hauling two trailers, approached a curve, the driver failed to handle it correctly. As a result the truck driver lost control of the large vehicle and it rolled over. In the course of the crash, both the driver and his passenger were killed.
Emergency workers responded to the scene of the crash and brought the two men to a nearby hospital. Both men were pronounced dead after they arrived at the medical center.
At the time of initial reports, the truck accident was still being investigated by law enforcement. Although drugs, alcohol and driving over the speed limit are not suspected to be factors in the rollover accident, they are common causes of crashes that should always be given consideration.
In some cases, it may be possible to hold the driver involved in a single-vehicle crash accountable in civil court if one or more passengers are injured or pass away. Knowing this, the survivors of the tractor-trailer's passenger may explore their legal rights and responsibilities in the coming weeks.
Since both occupants of the truck passed away, any wrongful death claims would have to be filed against the driver's estate or employer. Both the driver and trucking company might have played a part in the accident in some way. The results of the investigation will likely provide more clarity.
Source: TheDenverChannel.com, "2 men die in semi-trailer crash near Trinidad," Nov. 21, 2013