Large commercial trucks are found on just about every roadway in Colorado. Denver is a major crossroads for goods moving along I-70 running east to west, and I-25 running north to south. In fact, Colorado is home to more than twenty major trucking companies.
About 130,000 people are injured in truck collisions each year, and about 98% of all truck accidents result in at least one death. Unlike private vehicles, truck drivers have Hours of Service (HOS) limits that are supposed to limit them to driving no more than 10 hours at time, and no more than 11 hours a day. But oftentimes they work around the clock to deliver their load in the quickest time possible, driven by the financial incentive of multiple loads. Long hours on the road can create a drowsy driver who becomes oblivious to basic traffic hazards, causing an accident – this is the case in about 30% of all long-haul truck accidents.
A truck’s large profile allows them to transport product long distances, but also makes them a deadly force when something goes wrong. At Springer & Steinberg, our lawyers have decades of experience handling commercial truck and tractor-trailer collisions in and around the Denver area.Bringing a Claim for a Truck Accident Injury
Truck accident cases present unique challenges to prosecute. With weights upward of 80,000 pounds, semi-trucks have the force to easily crush your vehicle at a moment’s notice. If this has happened to you, it is important to understand the severity of the situation and to hire an attorney qualified to help. As each accident is unique, you need an attorney who will thoroughly examine the facts of the case, determining liability and who is at fault. Investigators with our firm will obtain crucial information to your case such as photographs, witness statements and background investigation.
There are many other forms of negligence that cause truck accidents:
- Lack of Vehicle Maintenance
- Overloaded Trucks
- Drug use/Intoxication
- Excessive Speed
- Variable Weather
Multiple parties could be responsible, such as the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and the truck driver. It is the trucking company’s responsibility to hire safe drivers and ensure their equipment is safe. Making sure the truck is not overweight and has sufficient brake pads and safe tires are among many things that trucking companies cannot overlook. If any part on the truck was to malfunction, the manufacturer would be at fault.
The driver can be held at fault too. Drivers must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) before operating a semi-truck. Different levels of CDL qualification allow drivers to carry different loads, such as hazardous materials or drive different trucks such as a triple trailer. This license may subject the truck driver to a standard of care that applies to drivers holding such unique qualifications.Find experienced legal representation in the Metro-Denver area
The truth is many of these accidents could have been prevented. Allow the attorneys at Denver based Springer & Steinberg to help get you compensated for your injuries. Call us at 877-473-6004 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your case. We assist injured victims throughout many Colorado communities, including Boulder, Brighton, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs.