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Denver Truck Accident Lawyers

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Denver Truck Accident Lawyers

The Lamber Goodnow injury law team, together with our partner firms in Colorado protect the victims and families of truck accidents. These tragic events can be absolutely catastrophic, and the pain and loss can feel insurmountable. While you’re grieving or recovering, fighting an insurance company is the last thing on your mind. And that’s where we come in.

Trucking companies are hesitant to admit liability after a truck accident, which is why you need an investigator on your side digging for facts and evidence beyond what was visible at the scene. After one of our clients has been hit by a truck, these are some of the things our team looks for:

  • Evidence of driver fatigue
  • Driver logbooks
  • Driver history
  • Training history by the trucking company
  • Truck maintenance records
  • Road conditions
  • Weather conditions
  • Trucking company recruitment procedures
  • Cargo being carried
  • Endorsements on the driver’s record
  • Other contributing factors

When a professional truck driver enters a public road, he/she should have endorsements that ensure the driver can operate the cargo, load and volume. Our investigation will uncover if there’s been any wrongdoing, and whether those failures led to a collision.

Recovering from an Accident

After being hit by a tractor-trailer, the recovery time can be extensive. Families often grieve the loss of a loved one, and those who survive the crash face months of rehabilitation. It can take months, or even years, to return to normal life.

Some of the injuries that can result from a tractor-trailer accident include:

  • Wrongful death
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fractures
  • Organ damage
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Depression

While you’re healing, you need a lawyer on your side conducting the investigation, and giving you time to heal. Our knowledgeable staff knows how to successfully fight insurance companies — no matter how big or strong they are.

You Have Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accident Questions – The Lamber Goodnow Legal Team Has Answers:

What is the difference if I am injured in a semi tractor-trailer accident as opposed to a motor vehicle accident?

Because semis travel in interstate commerce (travel between different states), they are subject to many federal regulations that do not apply to other vehicles.[1] Semi-trucks are required to carry higher amounts of insurance coverage because of the federal regulations, and drivers must also meet higher safety standards than other vehicle drivers. Trucking companies also have responsibility to periodically evaluate their existing employees and perform background checks prior to hiring drivers. Additionally, semi drivers are subject to limits on the number of hours they can drive in a given day, and must keep a log and routes records.[2] Drivers are also subject to testing for drugs and alcohol, both randomly and in the event of an accident.[3]

Motor vehicle drivers generally carry the amount of insurance that is mandated by the state.  Some states, including Colorado, don’t require motor vehicle drivers to have uninsured/underinsured coverage.  Additionally, motor vehicle drivers must abide by general traffic laws, and do not have to meet additional high safety standards.

The importance of this difference is that if you are injured in an accident with a semi and sustain severe injuries, the driver and the company should have multi-layer insurance coverage that will adequately cover your damages, and will be held to a higher safety standard when determining liability (fault).

What is a commercial truck?

A commercial truck, such as a “big rig,” is a vehicle used in the course of business and for the transport of commercial goods. Some examples are eighteen-wheeler tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, delivery vehicles, and other large freight trucks. Although some businesses use standard pickup trucks for their day-to-day activities, commercial trucks are generally much larger and require a commercial driver’s license to operate.

If I am injured in a semi-truck accident what type of damages may I recover?

Generally, injuries from a semi-truck accident are severe because of the size of the vehicle involved.  If you are involved in an accident in which you have severe injuries you may receive many types of damages from the at-fault driver or, in certain circumstances, the company that employs the driver.

The losses that you sustain in a semi-trailer accident will affect you at the time of the accident, but also may last far into the future.  Therefore, if you are injured you may recover (if they apply to your situation) past[4] and future earnings[5] and profits,[6] loss of earning capacity,[7] loss of time[8] (if you are a homemaker), pain and suffering,[9] loss of enjoyment of life,[10] emotional distress[11] (if you are in the zone of danger[12]), physical impairment,[13] past and future medical expenses,[14] and loss of consortium.[15]

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in Colorado for a personal injury claim arising out of the auto-negligence (carelessness) of another driver is three years from the date of the accident.[16]  The statute of limitations for wrongful death is within two years from the date of the death and without regard to when the claim is discovered .[17]

Who can be sued in my truck accident case?

Depending on certain circumstances, the driver, owner of the truck, owner of the trailer, the company identified on the trailer, (because many times the driver may own the vehicle and be doing business for a company) the loading facility that placed the contents in the trailer, and possibly the owner of the contents of the trailer may be liable.

It is important that you consult with a Lamber Goodnow attorney who has experience with truck accidents so that they may direct you to the appropriate liable party in your unique situation.

Is it important to conduct an investigation after my accident with a truck?

Yes, although it is important to conduct an investigation after any automobile accident, it is even more important if you are involved in a truck accident.  Drivers of large trucks must keep a detailed log and only drive a certain number of hours a day.  If you are involved in an accident it is important to view the log to see if the driver has stayed within their allotted driving hours per day.  Violation of these standards may show liability (fault) on the part of the driver.  It is important to begin your investigation immediately as evidence is easily lost or moved.

Working with Us

When you hire the Lamber Goodnow injury law team, you’re hiring a group of  personal injury lawyers with partner firms in Colorado who are experts in their field. Our team includes expert physicians and accident reconstructionists, as well as experts on auto accidents, distracted driving and commercial truck accidents.

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Our first conversation with you is a no-fee, open consultation. You’ll get a chance to tell us what happened, and we’ll ask you a few questions to understand how you’re feeling and what your recovery will be like. We’ll also want to know about the impact it’s had on your life and family.

You can chat with us now by calling (303) 800-8888 to get your free consultation and find out your options.

No-Fee Promise

And even after you hire us, you won’t be responsible for paying for our services. Our No-Fee Promise guarantees that you won’t pay for the costs of our investigation, no matter how extensive it is. You won’t pay any fees, and we’ll only get paid if we recover money on your behalf through a settlement or a verdict.

Call us today, and let us help you recover from your truck accident.

[1]  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

[2]  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, § 379.1.

[3]  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, § 382.103.

[4]  Heckman v. Warren, 124 Colo. 497, 238 P.2d 854 (1951).

[5]  Thompson v. Tartler, 166 Colo. 247, 443 P.2d 365(1968).

[6]  Id.

[7]  Barger v. Jimerson, 130 Colo. 459, 276 P.2d 744 (1954).

[8]  Ford Motor Co. v. Conrardy, 29 Colo. App. 577, 488 P.2d 219 (1971).

[9]  Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Ry. V. Petit, 37 Colo. 326, 86 P.121 (1906).

[10]  Trimble v. City and County of Denver, 697 P.2d 716 (Colo. 1985).

[11]  Boulder Meadows v. Saville, 2 P.3d 131 (Colo. App. 2000).

[12]  Restatement Second, Torts § 436(2).

[13]  Culpepper v. Pearl Street Bldg., Inc., 877 P.2d 877 (Colo. 1994).

[14]  Palmer Park Gardens, Inc. v. Potter, 162 Colo. 178, 425 P.2d 268 (1967).

[15]  Kellihan v. McHutt, 70 Colo. 318, 201 P. 37 (1921).

[16]  Col. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-101(i)(j).

[17]  Col. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102(1)(d).

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