A Houston truck driver was charged with 40 felonies after causing a 28-vehicle crash that killed four people and injured at least ten others in Denver, Colorado. He faces four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, six counts of first-degree assault, and 24 counts of attempted first-degree murder as a result of the truck accident.
Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos told investigators his truck brakes failed prior to the big rig crash. While the technical cause or causes of the truck accident have yet to be officially determined, the truck company Aguilera-Mederos works for, Castellano 03 Trucking LLC, has a history of safety issues with at least 10 previous violations for brake problems. Unfortunately, authorities stated the semitrailer was destroyed in the crash, making a mechanical inspection impossible.
The driver, who is only 23 years old, appeared in court last month, posted a $400,000 bond, and was released from jail. Much to the disappointment of prosecutors and the Colorado public, he was not required to wear a GPS monitor. The judge denied the prosecution’s request even after learning Aguilera-Mederos had tried to flee the scene of the collision.
Two witnesses noticed the semi-truck speeding past them, so they followed and saw it driving in all three lanes and even forcing a pickup truck off of the highway. The witnesses were also able to provide video showing the truck ignoring a runaway ramp.
Responsible Parties in a Big Rig Accident Case
Over the past two decades, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%. When it comes to truck accidents, the number of companies and individuals who may be held responsible for a victim’s injuries can be staggering and overwhelming. An experienced truck accident attorney will know how to investigate and determine if any or all of the following parties can be sued civilly for damages:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Trailer owner
- Person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
- Manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, or other parts that may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident
- Shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo
- Owner of public or private property whose negligence contributed to the accident
The trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often argue among themselves over whose insurance will compensate the victim or victims. For example, the truck company might claim defective brakes caused the accident. In turn, the brake company might then point the finger at the leasing company, claiming it failed to maintain the brakes in good working order. This is why it is so crucial to ensure your lawyer names all potential responsible parties in your lawsuit.
Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were the victim of a trucking accident, determining who is responsible and what actually caused the accident are much more complicated than in a car accident claim. There are many players involved, from the driver to the owner of the truck, and getting information about what went wrong requires trucking industry experience. Dax Garza and his team have successfully handled complex trucking litigation across the country.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased truck accident victims Doyle Harrison, William Bailey, Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, and Stanley Politano, and with those who were injured. We take road safety seriously, and handle trucking injury and death cases throughout the country.