• April 18, 2022

Two Injured in Cattle Truck Accident on US 34 in Weld County, CO

Weld County, CO -- April 15, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a cattle truck crashed with a pickup along US 34.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:00 a.m. along US 34 at the intersection of Weld County Road 49.

Authorities said that a tractor-trailer carrying cattle was westbound on US 34. At County Road 49, a southbound pickup crossed paths with the semi, resulting in a collision.

Both drivers sustained unspecified injuries due to the crash. Multiple cattle died in the crash, as well. Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear. Authorities say they're working to get video footage from the crash.

Commentary on Cattle Truck Accident on US 34 in Weld County

It's a positive sign that there could be video footage of what happened here, and I certainly wouldn't suggest ignoring such a crucial piece of evidence. However, even seemingly clear evidence like that does not always tell the whole story. It's one of the reasons I always advocate for more thorough independent accident reconstructions that will consider all possible factors.

Cattle Truck Accident US 34 county road 49 Weld County, CO

For example, there was a crash here in Texas a while back where numerous witnesses saw a woman run a red light, and a semi-trailer t-boned her vehicle. As open-and-shut as that seemed, further investigations over the course of several weeks revealed that the situation was a lot more complex than the initial reports made it appear. Apparently, the tractor-trailer involved had been going about 20 MPH over the speed limit when it hit the victim's car. Did that excuse the woman for running a red light? Of course not, but 20 MPH in an 18-wheeler can be the difference between moderate injuries and fatal injuries.

Just to be clear, I'm not at all trying to blame anyone here. There's simply no way for me to say what did or didn't happen here. My point is simply that victims and families can't just rely on one piece of evidence, even if that evidence is incredibly valuable. There could still be extenuating circumstances to consider which require more nuanced investigations. Are those steps being taken here?

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