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FedEx Tractor-Trailer Truck Crash Kills 10

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments | Back to Personal Injury Blog

semi-truck crashA FedEx tractor trailer driven by a long haul trucker heading northbound inexplicably crossed into southbound highway lanes striking a bus head-on that was full of high school students in Northern California. The deadly commercial trucking crash killed ten people, including the semi-truck driver and the bus driver.

While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate, the evidence indicates that the truck took a slight 10 degree angle and crossed the median of the highway. Even though the bus driver clearly saw the truck and hit the brakes to avoid the collision (the bus created 175 feet of skid marks), the semi driver made no effort to brake at all before crashing into the front-end of the school bus. [1]

We at Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn have seen this pattern of activity on numerous occasions in prior Denver personal injury accident investigations. The slight angle of crossing over the median with no braking before the truck collision normally signifies a sleeping driver.

Under normal trucking crash situations with tractor-trailers, there is a black box that the NTSB can remove from the wreckage of the truck. The data from the black box can verify that the truck driver did not apply the brakes or make any sort of evasive maneuvers when the FedEx vehicle crossed the median (the kind of reactions an awake driver would have made). In short, the black box data can prove that the commercial trucker was asleep at the wheel prior to the deadly crash. In this article, the NTSB has already reported that the intense heat of the fire destroyed the black box and that the will continue to investigate the cause of the commercial truck accident.

Conclusion:
Sleepy long-haul truck drivers remain a systemic and pervasive safety risk to the rest of us. While the commercials our personal injury law firm runs about trucking companies incite hostility in the trucking industry, these companies cannot dispute the realities of the needless and life-destroying tragedies that result when truckers fall asleep behind the wheel. If you are injured by a negligent truck driver, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn have the experience and knowledge to help you pursue a personal injury claim against the trucking company. Please call and speak with one of our trucking accident attorneys today.

[1] Some witnesses said that the FedEx truck was already in flames when it crossed the median. Investigation is still ongoing in this matter and it is unknown at this time who is liable for this unfortunate traffic collision and whether the truck driver was asleep.


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Texting Mom Ends Up Impaled...Happened Right Here in Colorado

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

CO Woman Impaled While TextingDays ago, we heard about a local mom who had just dropped off her daughter’s saxophone at school and decided to send a text as she was leaving the parking lot. She struck a pole that somehow ended up piercing her vehicle and impaling her in the buttocks.

These kinds of crazy stories are usually from elsewhere.  However, this most recent example of the perils of distracted driving happened right here in Colorado.  This story was reported by KUSA, Denver’s NBC affiliate station, and rebroadcasted on CNN as a cautionary tale to those who think that even a moment of texting and driving is acceptable.  Clearly, even a split second of distraction while driving can be dangerous. Continue Reading...

Douglas County Judge Orders 4 Year Prison Sentence to First Time DUI Mother

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

carrothers mug shotEarlier this month, Judge Paul King sentenced a mother who pled guilty to a host of charges, including felony DUI vehicular assault, to a 4 year prison sentence. At nearly twice the posted speed limit, Kelly Carrothers, crashed into a line of parents waiting to pick their children up from school. Four other cars were involved in the collision. One victim sustained a serious closed head injury and lost an eye. Ms. Carrother’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when measured 90 minutes after the crash. Furthermore, Ms. Carrothers admitted that she left her 18 month old child at home alone to pick up her other child from school. Continue Reading...

A Long Road Back for Gold Medalist Amy Van Dyken—But My Bet is She'll Make It

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amy Van Dyken ATV AccidentIn early June, the world learned that Olympian and Colorado native, Amy Van Dyken, severed her spinal cord in an ATV accident in Show Low, Arizona.

Amy severed her spinal cord at the T-11 vertebrae. The T-11 is located in the lower thoracic region which is the mid-spine region that connects our back to our ribs. While initial reports were unclear, Amy has verified that she is paralyzed below the T-11 level of her traumatically severed spine.

While her family justifiably holds out hope for a full recovery, the reality is that modern medicine does not have a cure for a severed spinal cord. In time, Amy and her family will have to come to terms with the fact that Amy will remain paralyzed unless spinal cord regeneration becomes a viable medical possibility. Continue Reading...

Protecting Yourself Against Drunk Drivers Like Ever Olivos-Gutierrez

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

Denver Drunk Driver Ever Olivos-GutierrezA sad story came out of Arapahoe County this last week regarding the untimely death of a 17 year old named Juan Carlos Dominguez-Palomino. Juan was hit and killed by an uninsured drunk driver named Ever Olivos-Gutierrez. Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez did not have a driver's license and is in this country illegally. This appears to be Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez's fourth DUI.

Police estimated that Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez was driving down Colfax at 80 mph when he ran a red light and struck the other vehicle. In addition to the loss of their child, Mr. Dominguez-Palomino's family faces an uncertain financial future because Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez was uninsured and the family did not carry uninsured motorist coverage. Sadly, Mr. Dominguez-Palomino's family will likely receive little to no compensation for their loss and for burial/funeral expenses.  Continue Reading...


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