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Colorado personal injury lawyers that specialize in big truck accidents.

Injured in an accident caused by a semi-truck driver?

If an accident with another passenger vehicle is dangerous, an accident with a big truck can be disastrous. Not only can these collisions leave you with physical injuries, but they can also severely impact your mental and financial health. Don’t let someone else’s negligence ruin you and your family’s health and happiness. Reach out to one of our expert truck accident lawyers at Rocky Mountain Injury Law for a free consultation.

Lawyers For Big Truck AccidentsHow are trucking accidents different from car accidents?

Colorado Personal Injury Law Insights

It isn’t only the severity of the collision that changes when you or your vehicle is struck by a big truck. There are also several ways in which these accidents become complicated, and you need a professional on your side. Let our Colorado truck accident attorneys help you navigate your case.

#1 INSURANCE
The policies that cover these huge pieces of equipment look very different to the one you might have on your daily driver. Navigating the ins and outs of these policies is critical to getting you the settlement you deserve. We will also work with the insurance companies for you so you aren't taken advantage of.
#2 TRUCKING TRAFFIC LAW
Just as you have to follow driving laws when you’re out on the road, truck drivers are responsible for adhering to the “rules of the road.” They also have further laws that you would never become aware of until you’re behind the wheel of a commercial truck.
#3 LIABILITY
Determining who is at fault can be tricky in any lawsuit, but trucking accidents are even more complicated. It can be impossible to determine whether the truck driver, their employer, the truck owner, or the vehicle manufacturer is liable for your damages until we understand the full situation.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Colorado

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), roughly 87% of big truck accidents are caused by driver error. Vehicle equipment failure accounts for another 10%, leaving environmental factors to cause about 3% of big truck accidents. 

  • Speeding or driving too fast for the weather conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Overweight cargo, unsecured cargo, debris
  • Drunk or impaired driving
  • Careless or reckless driving
  • Texting while driving / distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Poor training for large truck driving
  • Failure to adhere to traffic laws (running a stop sign, double turning, etc)
  • Vehicle manufacturing defect
  • Failing to perform truck maintenance

Almost all big truck accidents are caused by negligence of one or more parties. If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, schedule a free consultation to determine the appropriate compensation for your situation.

Types of Colorado Truck Accidents

Our personal injury lawyers specialize in several types of big trucker accident law, including the following types:

  • Colorado Tanker Truck accidents
  • Colorado Cement Truck Accidents
  • Colorado Big Rig Accidents
  • Colorado Semi-Truck Accidents
  • Colorado Delivery Truck Accidents

Can I file a lawsuit if the accident was partly my fault?

The short answer: yes! Colorado has modified comparative negligence laws which allow a plaintiff to recover partial damages appropriate for the degree of fault. The damages awarded by the jury are adjusted depending on the degree of fault that the plaintiff has in the accident. 

For example, let’s say a truck driver is speeding down I-70. He begins to change lanes, but does not check his mirrors. This causes him to strike the car in that lane, the driver of which was not paying attention to the road because they were trying to get something out of their purse.

The jury determines that the truck driver is only 85% responsible for the accident, since the driver of the car wasn’t paying attention to the road. So, when the jury awards the driver $100,000 in damages, the court will reduce the reward to $85,000.

What kinds of damages can I win in a trucking accident lawsuit?

If you were injured in a Colorado commercial truck accident, you can potentially recover both financial and non-financial damages. 

Recoverable financial damages
  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Property Damage
  • Loss of wages
  • Lost earning capacity 
Recoverable non-financial damages:

Big Truck Accident Lawyer AdviceWhat Should You Do After A Truck Accident?

If you’ve been in a trucking accident in Colorado, it can be extremely difficult to know what to do afterwards. You might be confused, overwhelmed, and tending to your truck accident injuries. However, if you can do the following, it can make a world of difference in the settlement of your case and getting you the justice you deserve.

Post-Accident Legal Checklist

#1 TEND TO YOUR SAFETY
The first and most important thing to do following a truck collision is to tend to your safety. Move out of the roadway and let the paramedics examine your injuries.
#2 TAKE NOTES
Take notes. Write down or record anything that the truck driver says or does after the accident. Take photographs and videos - they could help your case.
#3 GATHER INFORMATION
Get the other driver’s information. This includes name, phone number, address, license plate, vehicle information, their insurance policy information, and employer information.
#4 TALK TO WITNESSES
Be sure to get names and contact information from any witnesses of the accident.
#4 CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Finally, and most importantly, contact your attorney as soon as possible. Once we have your truck accident case, we can get to work on starting your claim, working with insurance, and walking you through the next steps.

Colorado Law Colorado Revised Statutes Title 42. Vehicles and Traffic § 42-4-1601.

Accidents involving death or personal injuries—duties

(1) The driver of any vehicle directly involved in an accident resulting in injury to, serious bodily injury to, or death of any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close to the scene as possible or shall immediately return to the scene of the accident.  The driver shall then remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of section 42-4-1603(1) .  Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

(1.5) It shall not be an offense under this section if a driver, after fulfilling the requirements of subsection (1) of this section and of section 42-4-1603(1) , leaves the scene of the accident for the purpose of reporting the accident in accordance with the provisions of sections 42-4-1603(2) and 42-4-1606 .

(2) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits:
(a) A class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense if the accident resulted in injury to any person;
(b) A class 4 felony if the accident resulted in serious bodily injury to any person;
(c) A class 3 felony if the accident resulted in the death of any person.

(3) The department shall revoke the driver’s license of the person so convicted.  A revocation pursuant to this subsection (3) runs concurrently with any suspension imposed pursuant to section 42-2-127.9, if imposed as a result of the same episode of driving.

(4) As used in this section and sections 42-4-1603 and 42-4-1606 :
(a) “Injury” means physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical or mental condition.
(b) “Serious bodily injury” means injury that involves, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, or a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree.

Contact Denver's Best Semi Accident Lawyers Today

Don’t let the negligence of a big truck driver or truck company ruin you and your family’s life and livelihood. We Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers want to help you get the compensation you deserve from a big truck accident. Our truck accident attorneys in Colorado know exactly how to navigate such complex legal situations. We are the lawyers who listen, so contact us for a free consultation to have your story heard.

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