Denver Truck Accident Attorney
Helping You Seek Fair Compensation After a Colorado Truck Accident
Did you know that over 100,000 people are seriously injured in truck crashes in the United States each year? That is in addition to the thousands who are killed. Due to the massive size of many of these trucks, the damage they can do in an accident is above and beyond that of an ordinary vehicle.
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, or if you have had a loved one get killed in one of these crashes, call Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. Our Denver truck accident lawyers have more than a century of combined experience, and we would love to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Why Are Truck Accident Cases So Complex?
The trucking industry has a lot of rules and regulations; unfortunately, they aren’t always followed by truck drivers and their employers. These regulations have to do with everything from how much a truck driver must sleep and how often he or she must rest to how often trucks must be maintained to how these trucks must be operated when there are other, smaller vehicles on the road. All of these factors play a role in determining if someone—be it the truck driver, the trucking company, or another person or party—was negligent. It gets complicated fast, especially if you don’t have an experienced professional on your side.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., our truck accident attorneys in Denver have significant background knowledge about these laws and about how trucking companies try to get around them. This knowledge can mean the difference between you getting what you deserve after an accident and being sent home empty-handed. In fact, we have the knowledge to handle all sorts of accidents, wrongful death cases, and traumatic brain injury cases against truckers and trucking companies.
Truck Accident Laws in Colorado
Colorado has auto accident laws that help those injured in car and motorcycle accidents get the compensation they need from their insurance company or from negligent drivers who caused the incident. Similar laws apply to semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles.
Colorado truck accident laws you should be aware of include:
- Statute of Limitations: Colorado’s time limit for filing a truck accident claim (or any motor vehicle accident claim) is three years. As such, it’s best to coordinate with a lawyer to build a strong case as soon as possible.
- Insurance Requirements: Every driver in the state, including truck drivers, is required to have liability insurance. It helps pay medical bills, property damages, and other costs of those injured.
- Compensation: Apart from economic losses, like lost wages and medical bills, you may get damages for pain and suffering and loss of affection. However, Colorado operates on a modified comparative compensation rule. This means the court may reduce the damages you will receive if it finds you accountable in an accident, too. An instance could be being on your phone while crossing the street moments before you got hit. If a jury finds you 20% accountable, you may only get 80% of the damages awarded.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
When it comes down to it, trucks are a lot harder to drive than cars. For instance, they take a much longer time to stop once they have reached high speeds. If truckers don’t maintain plenty of distance between themselves and other vehicles, they can cause major accidents even if they hit their brakes hard as soon as they see a problem.
Recent data from the Department of Transportation found that there were over 450,000 reported accidents involving large trucks in 2017. About 4,237 instances were fatal, while 344,000 cases ended up with people getting injured.
Here are the top causes of these unfortunate incidents:
- Brake Problems: Brake issues, whether it’s from the truck or another vehicle, resulted in 29% of large truck crashes in recent years.
- Drivers Traveling Too Fast: Over 23% of truck accidents were caused by drivers who were traveling too fast relative to the weather conditions.
- Unfamiliarity with the Road: About 22% of truck crashes happened because of drivers unfamiliar with the rules and conventions of the road they’re traveling on, causing sudden collisions.
Additionally, truck accidents are often caused by distracted, intoxicated, or fatigued truck drivers. Hours-of-service violations, traffic law violations, and other factors also all play a large role in causing truck accidents on I-70 and throughout Colorado and the U.S. each year.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
It can be difficult to navigate the aftermath of a truck accident, especially if you or your loved one was severely hurt. The first step is always to get immediate medical attention.
Once you have been properly treated, we recommend taking these next few steps:
- Call a Reliable Lawyer: Before speaking with Denver police, your insurance company, or even the media, consult with a professional truck accident attorney. They can begin gathering facts with you and can provide a statement on your behalf.
- Put Together Supporting Evidence: Gather your medical records and take pictures of your injuries. This evidence will help you justify the compensation you request from your insurance company. The process of gathering evidence is known as “discovery,” and your lawyer can assist you in this.
- Seek a Fair Settlement: Once your lawyers determine that you have a viable case, they’ll negotiate with your insurance agency regarding the compensations you should receive. If they push for a significantly lower amount than you deserve, your attorneys can help take them to trial.
Why Hire Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C.?
We are one of Denver’s top truck accident law firms, and we are committed to helping you fight for the justice and compensation you need and deserve. Our goal is to help you live well even after your truck accident, and we are ready to do whatever it takes to reach that goal. We know that our job goes above and beyond what happens in the courtroom.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we have been serving Colorado citizens for years. Here’s why our clients trust us with their Denver truck accident cases:
- Local Experience: We have extensive knowledge of Colorado’s truck accident laws, as our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience practicing in the state.
- Aggressive Representation: If we’re confident you have a solid case, our seasoned attorneys will provide you aggressive legal representation for your settlement or trial.
Call us for a consultation about your truck accident today! Our team of attorneys will help you get through this tragedy and handle all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
We provide free initial consultations and offer most personal injury services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless/until we recover compensation for you. We are also able to travel to meet you at your home or in the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming into our office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
How much does a truck accident lawyer cost?
Hiring a truck accident lawyer from our firm costs you nothing upfront because we use contingency fee agreements. While working for contingency fees, we do not require payments to begin working on your case, and we do not get paid any attorney fees unless your case ends in your favor with a settlement or award. If your case is successful, then we are paid using a percentage of your settlement or award, so you will never owe more than you can afford. This system of payment makes it practically risk-free to hire an attorney for your truck accident claim or lawsuit.
Is there a deadline for filing a trucking accident lawsuit?
Yes, truck accident claims in Colorado are subjected to the state’s two-year statute of limitations for civil claims. The statute of limitations begins on the date of your injury, which is presumed to be the same day as the truck accident. When the statute of limitations ends, you cannot file any future claims without expecting them to be rejected by the court.
Can I sue the truck driver’s company for my injuries?
You might be able to bring a claim against the trucker and the trucking company if that truck driver is considered an employee, not an independent contractor. Respondeat superior is a legal concept that allows lawsuits to be filed against an employer based on the negligence and harm caused by their employees within reason. A trucking company could be subjected to liability for your accident if it is discovered that they negligently hired the trucker, such as if the trucker has a history of drunk driving arrests but was still allowed to haul freight unsupervised for the company, and later caused a drunk driving truck accident.
Does my insurance cover everything after a truck accident?
No, your insurance will only cover damages suffered by other parties in an auto accident unless you chose to buy MedPay insurance, which most people do not. MedPay can provide some coverage for initial hospitalization costs after a crash, regardless of fault. For full compensation, you will likely need to file a claim against the truck driver’s insurance and that of the trucking company if applicable. A successful claim against the truck’s insurance policy can provide for all medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.
Place your Second Question here?
There are very few circumstances in which an insurance company offers a fair and acceptable initial settlement. In fact, until the extent of your injuries and disability are known, which could take months, the insurance company can’t likely give a fair offer even if it wanted to. For these reasons, you should not sign any settlement agreement without first allowing your attorney to review it for discrepancies and oversights.