Denver Truck Accident Lawyer
If you suffered injuries due to a semi truck accident, contact Front Range Injury Attorneys for a free case review. Our Denver truck accident lawyers hold responsible parties accountable for your injuries, medical bills and other financial losses.
The size and weight of semi trucks make the probability of catastrophic injuries extremely likely in a truck collision. With an average weight of 80,000 pounds, a semi truck is a wrecking ball that can result in life altering injuries or even fatalities for you and your family. Our semi truck accident attorneys in Denver help clients get medical treatment and recover maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact our Devner law firm for a free case review to learn more about how we can help.
Why Choose Front Range Injury Attorneys?
At Front Range Injury Attorneys we care about helping our clients throughout their cases. We believe clients are best served when our personal injury attorneys participate in their cases from start to finish. We help our clients get the best treatment for their injuries. By building up your case from the beginning, we build a strong case to get the best results.
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Watch this video to see managing attorney Adam Kielich discuss truck accidents and how our Denver law office can help you recover for your losses.
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Why you need a Denver truck accident lawyer
Trucking accidents often involve serious injuries and extensive treatment. Commercial trucking companies and their insurance companies know they may have to write a big check to resolve your case. They will use every tool available to avoid writing that check.
Commercial transportation companies often involve complex insurance arrangements that require the trucking company to pay a lot out of pocket on every claim. They employ adjusters and lawyers of their own to fight against your claim. Trucking companies will deny your claim and chop down the value of your claim. By refusing to accept responsibility for your injuries, they want to frustrate you out of getting necessary treatment so your case is worth less. The best way to protect the value of your case is to hire our truck accident lawyers immediately after your collision.
Our truck collision lawyers have experience fighting for our clients against these tricks. We help out clients protect the value of their cases and get the necessary medical care for their injuries. Our truck accident attorneys pursue cases for full and fair value, whether that is a settlement or taking your case to trial.
What compensation can I get in a Colorado trucking accident case?
Our Denver truck accident lawyers help clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries and expenses. Under Colorado law, you are entitled to hold a negligent trucking company liable for the effects of a collision on your life. Those effects likely include economic losses and well as non-economic effects.
As a result of your injuries, you likely require extensive medical care which will add up in medical bills. You may also need long term care for months, years, or even your lifetime. The accident may also result in lost earnings due to your inability to work. Lost earnings may include past lost earnings before you case reaches a resolution and future lost earning capacity. You may have other financial burdens caused by your injuries. You have a right to recover these economic losses.
Additionally, your injuries cause non-economic harm to your life. These include pain and suffer, mental anguish and emotional distress. As a result of your injuries, you may lose the ability to perform or enjoy hobbies and other activities. They may also affect your relationship with your significant other. All of these non-economic effects may be short or long term effects on your life. You are also entitled under Colorado law to recover for these non-economic harms.
Our Denver truck accident lawyers will carefully and thoroughly investigate your case to present evidence of all of the effects the wreck had on your life. We will fight aggressively to obtain maximum compensation under Colorado law. Contact our car accident attorneys for a free case review and learn more about how we can help you recover for your injuries.
How long do I have to pursue compensation for my semi truck collision case?
Colorado personal injury law sets a time limit for how long you can pursue a trucking company for an accident caused by one of their drivers. This is known as the statute of limitations. Under Colorado law, the statute of limitations for a motor vehicle collision is three years from the date of the crash.
The statute of limitations is a critical deadline in any personal injury case. Before the statute of limitations runs out your case must settle or you must file a lawsuit. If neither event occurs before the deadline, you are barred from pursuing your case further. Your Denver truck accident lawyer will evaluate your case for all deadlines to avoid losing the right to pursue compensation.
Who is liable for a trucking accident?
Trucking accidents can be more complex than the typical car accident. Semi trucks often include equipment recording evidence of the collision, including an electronic data recorder and multiple cameras. Also, there may be several parties that can be held responsible for your injuries, including:
- The trucking company
- Truck driver
- Company or person responsible for maintaining the truck or trailer
- Truck manufacturer
- Person or company that loaded freight in the trailer
In a typical car accident, the insurance company typically does not perform much investigation or hire attorneys until the case appears bound for litigation. In truck accidents, the commercial trucking company often performs an investigation immediately and may hire lawyers before you even leave the emergency room.
Our semi truck accident lawyers in Denver will begin investigating your case right away and act quickly to preserve evidence of the crash. We will assess each party that may be liable for your truck accident and pursue your case against all responsible parties.
The truck company may be responsible for negligent acts that caused the accident. The truck company may directly employ the driver, the maintenance crew that maintains the truck and may own the truck. Some truck companies hire drivers and maintenance shops as independent contractors. If the driver is an independent contractor, the driver may own the truck.
The nature of these relationships determines legal liability for the crash. In most cases, even if the driver is an independent contractor, the truck company is still a liable party for your accident.
The truck driver may be pursued independently for driving negligently. Whether to pursue the driver often depends upon the relationship with the trucking company and what separate insurance or assets the driver has. Often drivers rely upon the company to carry insurance.
In addition to negligent driving, failure to performance reasonable inspection and repairs on the truck may result in a truck that is unsafe for road conditions. Negligent maintenance may be the sole or joint cause in the truck accident.
The truck owner is ultimately responsible for inspection and maintenance of the truck. If the truck owner contracts maintenance to another person or business, that party may also be a liable party for your injuries.
The trucking company and driver may have no fault in the accident. A defect in the truck or parts may be the cause or one of the causes of the wreck. If this occurred in your case, you may hold the truck or parts manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
Product liability claims are complex and less commonly the cause of truck accidents.
Semi trucks often carry tens of thousands of pounds of freight. Freight must be properly balanced in the trailer. Neglecting to properly balance the freight load can result in the driver losing control of the truck. No matter how attentive the driver, a poorly loaded truck can jack knife or veer out of its lane into another car.
Semi trucks often carry loads back and forth between warehouses or depots so a separate business may be responsible for loading the truck. That business may be liable entirely or in part for the accident.
What makes truck accidents different from other auto accidents?
Truck accidents involve bigger vehicles than most car accidents that spend more time on the road, under more regulation and often result in more severe injuries and fatalities. Federal statistics report that over 5,000 fatal truck accidents occur annually with more than 100,000 injuries each year. Occupants of other vehicles suffer more than 70% of fatalities. Semi trucks are far more dangerous than passenger cars and truck drivers have a higher duty of care towards other people on the road.
Semi trucks are substantially larger than passenger cars and when fully loaded can weigh as much as 30 times your car. Even slight mishandling can cause the driver to lose control. It takes very little speed for a vehicle of that size to cause catastrophic injuries to occupants in your car. An improperly loaded truck can impair the driver’s ability to maintain control. The tractor-trailer can tip over, jackknife, or veer out of the lane into other cars or barriers.
Trucks often spend far more time in service than the average passenger vehicle. Although federal law allows individual drivers to drive up to 14 hours in a day, a truck may have a team of two drivers who switch off and drive 24 hours a day. This can lead to fatigued drivers and requires careful inspection and maintenance of the truck. Improperly maintained trucks are more likely to result in accidents.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the commercial truck industry and safe operation of trucks. Violations of FMCSA regulations can help prove liability; however, the risk of penalties can lead drivers and truck companies to pursue unethical or illegal practices to conceal their negligence.
Common causes of truck accidents in Denver
Semi trucks must be operated with a high degree of care like other dangerous equipment. A single negligent act by the driver or trucking company can result in an accident with catastrophic or fatal injuries. According to studies by the FMCSA, the common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to maintain a safe lookout
- Distracted driving
- Cell phone use
- Failure to safely stop or slow
- Prescription or over the counter drug use
- Roadway problems
- Unfamiliarity with road conditions
- Traveling too fast for road conditions
- Traffic congestion
- Improperly maintained brakes
In addition to these causes of truck accidents in Denver, alcohol and illegal drug use can also result in dangerous truck accidents.
Common injuries in Colorado truck accidents
Truck collisions often result in catastrophic personal injury cases in Colorado. Although you may suffer a wide range of injuries in a truck accident, among the most common include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Amputated limbs
- Neck injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Head injuries, including vision and hearing damage
- Wrongful death
At Front Range Injury Attorneys, your health and treatment are our top priorities. We help our clients obtain necessary medical care for their injuries. Although long term and permanent injuries may create more valuable cases, your health and well-being are more important than the money involved in your case.
What to do after a Denver semi truck accident
- Personal safety. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Do not leave the vehicle if you feel numbness, tingling, or other unusual sensations unless absolutely necessary.
- Call 911. After an accident it is vital that you report the accident to 911. They will dispatch police and ambulance to the scene. The paramedics can assess whether you need emergency care.
- Take photos. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and vehicles involved before the police clear the scene. Take photos of your injuries as well. These photos may become an important part of your case.
- Obtain witness info. If you are able to leave your car, get names and phone numbers for any witnesses on the scene. They may know important details about how the collision occurred.
- Talk to the police. When the police arrive, they will conduct an investigation and want to get your side of what happened. Give them factual information but do not admit guilt. You may not know exactly what caused the accident in that moment.
- Get medical care. If the paramedics do not take you to the hospital, you should arrange transportation to the emergency room. The emergency room doctors can evaluate your injuries and give you next steps in your treatment.
- Call Front Range Injury Attorneys. Contact our Denver truck accident lawyers for a free case review. We can handle the insurance claims and investigation while you focus on your health.
Contact our Denver truck accident lawyers today
Our personal injury lawyers advocate for clients injured in truck accidents in Denver and across Colorado. Denver truck accident lawyers at Front Range Injury Attorneys help our clients get the medical care they need and the compensation they deserve. We don’t take a fee for our work unless we settle or win your case. Contact our Denver law firm today to schedule your free and confidential case review.