A truck left unattended and running, a.k.a. puffing, on Douglas Drive in Adams County was stolen, triggering a wild police chase that ended in a serious injury crash. According to the police report associated with this case, the incident occurred on Tuesday, March 29th, starting when police were notified that a commercial vehicle had been stolen. After locating the truck via its GPS system, police attempted to pull over the driver, who proceeded to lead them on a dangerous chase through the streets of Thornton.
During the course of this chase, the driver operating the stolen truck reportedly slammed into two vehicles that were stopped at an intersection. Following the truck accident, the suspect hopped out of the stolen truck and attempted to elude police on foot.
A good Samaritan, however, put his car in park to chase down the thief. Ultimately, the good Samaritan was able to overtake the suspect, after which point police caught up and arrested the truck thief.
One of the motorists injured in this truck accident was reportedly airlifted to a local hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries.
This question could have a million-dollar answer, as the parties deemed to be liable for this truck accident will likely be on the hook for compensating the victims. Although determining liability for this truck accident requires a deeper look into the details of this case (many of which have not been made public due to the pending criminal investigation and case), as of this point, it seems as though the following parties may be held responsible:
The man who stole the truck – Based on the known facts, the man who stole the truck rear-ended a couple of vehicles that were not in motion. This makes him at least partially responsible for the collision and resulting damage.
The truck driver – Given that the trucker left his keys in the truck, with the truck running, it may be possible to argue that he also contributed to this crash and the harm it caused (as a case could made that the collision wouldn’t have happened if the trucker had not left his vehicle unlocked and running).
There is not sufficient evidence available at this time to determine whether the trucking company may also be liable for this crash. Some findings, however, that could potentially make the trucking company liable in this case include (but are by no means limited to) the company:
Failing to conduct a background check on its driver who left his vehicle vulnerable to theft –
Failing to fix the truck’s door locks
Failing to comply with any trucking regulation (state or federal) that may have contributed to vulnerability of the truck and/or the resulting crash.
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