Last month, the truck driver responsible for the fiery I-70 crash in Lakewood last April, pleaded not guilty to 40 charges brought against him in the case.
23-year-old Texas resident, Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, was driving a semi-truck transporting lumber east on Interstate 70 on April 25th. He claims the brakes on his truck failed and he lost control of the vehicle. According to the affidavit, he attempted to drive the truck over to the right hand shoulder to avoid a traffic jam stopped on the road due to a previous accident, but his progress was blocked by another semi truck. He then moved back into the other lanes of traffic, and crashed into 28 other automobiles.
Aguilera-Mederos told police he was only going 45 miles an hour at the time, but police reports based on the scene of the accident and reports from witnesses, show that he was actually speeding, going almost 80 mph.
The chain reaction of collisions ignited a serious fire that set the truck’s diesel fuel and lumber cargo ablaze. There were numerous confirmed injuries, including an emergency responder who was hit by flying debris, and four fatalities were confirmed by the police.
During the November hearing, Aguiera-Mederos’ attorney, Robert Corry, who has faced his own legal problems, also attempted to enter a motion disqualifying the prosecuting attorneys on the case.
After an Accident, Getting Legal Representation is Critical
Commercial trucking accidents often leave wide swaths of devastation. The sheer size of these vehicles means that they can do a great deal of damage in a crash. And when these trucks are transporting flammable or otherwise unstable materials, it can be a disaster.
Trucking accidents occur for all different types of reasons and have all sorts of different causes. Just like with car drivers, commercial trucking drivers can get distracted, fatigued or simply make a mistake. Sometimes trucking companies take short cuts or overwork their drivers. Also, occasionally semi-trucks have faulty tires or other malfunctioning equipment. Whatever the cause, the results are often tragic.
There are options for people who have been injured in these types of accidents, and their families. It is important that, after a commercial trucking accident, injured people contact an experienced attorney to learn what their options are, and how they may be able to receive fair compensation for their damages.
Contact Experienced Trucking Accident Attorney Greg Gold for Help
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