• February 07, 2022

Two Women Killed in Dump Truck Accident on Colorado 12 in Las Animas County, CO

Las Animas County, CO -- February 1, 2022, two women were killed due to an accident where a dump truck crashed with their vehicle on Colorado 12.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:00 a.m. along Colorado Highway 12 near Trinidad.

According to reports, a Nissan Frontier was traveling along the highway when it "attempted to make a u-turn." While doing so, a dump truck hit the Nissan. Two women in the pickup, ages 60 and 85, sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

No additional details about the crash are available at this time.

Commentary on Fatal Dump Truck Accident on Colorado 12 in Las Animas County

There isn't much information about what happened here, and that's likely because a deadly truck wreck can bee very complex. Authorities not giving details while the investigations are ongoing is actually a prudent way to avoid making hasty conclusions. However, it's important for folks to understand what possible factors should be looked into because I talk to people all the time who realize too late that authorities did not look into those factors.

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For example, one crucial factor in a crash like this is how reasonably avoidable it was. Most of the time, a vehicle making a u-turn does not have the right of way. They certainly can, and I can't say one way or the other who had the right of way here. But let's say, for example, that a vehicle makes a u-turn on a two way highway or at a median somewhere. How might that play out?

If this hypothetical car cut off a commercial truck without space or time for the truck driver to reasonably avoid it, then it would be ridiculous to try to blame that truck driver for hitting a car they couldn't avoid. On the other hand, if that vehicle is clearly visible and far enough away that a truck driver going at appropriate speeds and paying attention to the road could avoid it, a truck driver failing to avoid the collision would raise some serious red flags despite the fact that the truck technically had the right of way.

Again, I can't say what happened here specifically. It's simply that authorities are not always as thorough as they need to be. One of the reasons independent accident reconstructions are so important is simply to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. Are the proper steps being taken here to make sure the victims' loved ones know they're getting the full story.


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