Denver Truck Accident Lawyer

Denver truck accident lawyer

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, large trucks were in roughly 333,000 traffic accidents in 2012, resulting in about 104,000 injuries and nearly 4,000 deaths. Semi-truck accidents are likely to result in serious injuries and even death. Recovering for your losses and injuries from a corporate defendant like a trucking company isn’t like settling a car accident case with a typical auto insurance policy. Every detail of your personal injury claim will be scrutinized and contested. If you’re injured in a collision with a taxi, a bus, truck, or any other vehicle operated professionally or for profit, get good legal advice and representation immediately. Talk with an experienced Denver truck accident lawyer at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. as quickly as possible.

WHO IS LIABLE IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT?

It’s important to identify all of the parties that are liable for your claim so you can receive the full compensation you deserve. There may be more than one party. This is one aspect in which trucking accident claims differ very significantly from accident claims. It is fairly common to have an auto accident claim that only names one single party for negligence. However, in a trucking accident claim, you could name several parties, including the truck driver operating the truck at the time of the accident, and the trucking company that owned or operated the truck.

Truck drivers can make some errors on the street that can lead to an accident. If you were injured in a trucking accident, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Denver trucking accident lawyer.

Typically, a truck driver may be guilty of the following driving errors:

  • Driving at speeds that are excessive for the road, and traffic and weather conditions
  • Driving at speeds above the posted speed limits for truck drivers
  • Over correcting
  • Following the vehicle in front too closely

Trucking driver errors are caused when drivers are driving while drowsy. Fatigue is a major factor in trucking accidents, and can severely impair a driver’s ability to drive safely. A trucker who’s driving when he is sleepy or drowsy, may become inattentive, fail to adequately judge distances and speeds, and may not be able to recognize impending dangers, or take adequate action to prevent an accident involving these dangers. All kinds of driving errors are linked to drivers who are operating a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of fatigue.

Apart from fatigue, alcohol and drug impairment can also cause a driver to make possibly serious driving errors. The Department Of Transportation sets guidelines and best practices for trucking companies conducting drug and alcohol tests on drivers. Such tests must be conducted right at the time of employment, before the truck driver is hired, and throughout the driver’s employment in the form of random testing. Random testing helps reduce the likelihood that the person will drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you were involved in a trucking accident that resulted in injuries, the driver might be subjected to drug and alcohol tests to rule out the role of alcohol and drugs in causing the accident. If test results read positive and show the driver was drunk or impaired, an injury attorney may be able to hold the trucking company liable for your injuries.

Besides these, there are other parties that may be liable in a trucking accident. These include the cargo company that was responsible for loading the car on the track. Improper loading can cause a balance shift or load shift when the truck is in operation, causing a possibly serious accident. Besides, companies that were responsible for the repair and maintenance of the truck may also be liable in a claim if investigations can prove that the accident was caused because of defective or malfunctioning parts.

PRESERVE THE EVIDENCE

Wrecks involving semi-trucks or other commercial vehicles often require special attention due to the serious nature of a victim’s or their family’s losses. Many truck drivers keep a second set of time records. Evidence from the scene of accidents, including the semi-truck or commercial vehicle itself, need to be preserved. You will also need to keep all medical records so you can prove your expenses. Having a qualified team of legal professionals is critical to preserving and presenting your claim. Denver truck accident attorney Dallas Norton, Esq. is a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Through this organization, Mr. Norton has resources and contacts needed to pursue or obtain local co-counsel throughout the United States. 

HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP?

Any accident with a commercial vehicle will be complicated legally. If your crash involved an over-the-road big-rig, federal safety regulations will affect the liability of the owner, the driver, and any contractors involved with the truck, loading of the truck or its maintenance.

Because of the legal complications, it’s important to hire an experienced attorney to represent you. Filing a trucking accident claim is a different process from filing a simple car accident claim. Once you have been involved in a trucking accident, you’ll likely get a call from an insurance adjuster who will be looking at offering a settlement for your damages in the accident. However, it is important for you to not simply jump at the settlement that the insurer offers. Insurance companies are interested in profits over people, so they will not have your best interests in mind–but a personal injury lawyer does. If the liable party is not willing to settle, our law firm will help you take your case to trial.

In a typical trucking accident claim, there may be several damages involved, and you may not be aware of all of them. For instance, you may not be aware of the long-term consequences of the injuries that you have suffered. A trucking accident lawyer in Denver, on the other hand, will be aware of all the expenses that a person with your injuries can expect to suffer in the long term. You must account for all of those injuries to avoid financial stress later.

Additionally, you may find yourself under pressure from the trucking company’s legal team, and the insurance adjuster as the days go by. There may be pressure on you to accept the settlement, and that pressure eases off when the insurer knows that a trucking accident lawyer in Denver is looking out for you.

Remember that the insurance company will try to settle your claim for a very low amount, because that’s what it is supposed to do. The insurance company is run as a business, and keeping losses low is company policy. A lawyer will ensure that your settlement covers all of your damages.

At Norton and Bowers, P.C., our goal is always to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients from all parties responsible for your injuries. In catastrophic and debilitating injury cases, victims may need treatment and care for the rest of their lives. We fight for the justice every injury victim deserves.

MAKE THE CALL TODAY

Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing clients in cases involving truck accidents, premises liability laws, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and collisions with uninsured motorists. Because of our extensive background in personal injury law, our accident lawyers have the knowledge to recover the compensation you and your family deserve for your injuries.

Norton and Bowers, P.C. serves clients on a contingency fee basis. If you’ve been injured in a collision with any commercial vehicle in Denver or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, call an injury lawyer at our firm promptly at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this site to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Denver truck accident lawyer. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. Nothing is more important than your health and your future. If you’re injured in a truck accident in Colorado, the accident attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C. are ready to work for you and provide you with the legal representation you deserve.

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