Recently the distracted driver of an eighteen-wheeler in Brush, Colorado, drove across the median, subsequently careening off the overpass. While it may sound outlandish, it appears coffee may be the culprit in this accident. The sixty-year-old truck driver was on I-76, traveling east when the accident occurred. While the details are a bit fuzzy, the driver was possibly drinking his coffee—and not paying attention to the road—or he spilled his coffee. Either way, the driver was absolutely not focused on the road and the other vulnerable drivers sharing the road.
Another big rig accident attributed to coffee occurred in May 2015 on California Highway 101. The truck driver was attempting to place his hot cup of coffee in the truck’s cup holder while driving. The driver says looked down to see where the holder was, felt his truck pull hard to the right and ended up with his truck and trailer flipped onto their sides and a load of dry goods spilled across the highway. Thankfully no one else was hurt in either of these accidents although both drivers suffered minor injuries.
Truck drivers spend so much time on the road, they may be tempted to multitask while behind the wheel—at the cost of safe driving. Just like any other driver, truckers may succumb to the temptation of cell phone use, eating, fiddling with the radio or GPS, looking at a map, talking to a passenger in the truck or even texting. In order to stay on the road, many truck drivers routinely eat while driving; since most truck drivers agree maneuvering a large commercial truck through a maze of traffic on the highway is inherently dangerous, adding eating or other distractions makes it even more so. While distracted driving is fast moving into the number one slot as a cause of car accidents when a distracted driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound truck, the consequences can be even more traumatic.
When you have been injured in a Colorado semi-truck accident – it is imperative that you contact an experienced trucking accident attorney immediately. Trucking companies have large legal teams on their side that are dedicated to reducing their liabilities and putting the blame back on you. With an experienced attorney in your corner, you can focus on your recovery and your lawyer can go toe-to-toe with the insurance and trucking companies. On average, injured accident victims recover up to 40% more when they have a lawyer on their side.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Boulder, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, contact our law firm immediately. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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