No matter how safe your vehicle is, it is no match for a tractor trailer in the event of an accident. Most regular cars on the road weigh between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds. Semi-trucks, on the other hand, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds depending on the cargo they’re carrying.
When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a big rig, the results can be devastating and tragic. In 2013, the last year for which statistics are available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 95,000 injuries and 3,964 deaths resulting from accidents involving both cars and 18-wheelers. Of those, 70 percent of the individuals hurt or killed were in passenger vehicles.
If you or a loved on has been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, working with an attorney is the best way to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. The Colorado truck accident lawyers at the Frickey Law Firm have been representing victims for decades. We know what your rights are, and we’ll fight fiercely and ethically to defend them.
Truck Accident Causes and Liability
One of the leading causes of truck accidents is negligence. That said, figuring out who is at fault can still be difficult. Not only could the driver of the truck be to blame, but their employer, the truck manufacturer, vehicle parts makers, and maintenance personnel could be found liable as well.
For instance, if the truck’s tire blows out and causes an accident, the tire manufacturer tire may be held liable. If the accident was the result of a sleep-deprived driver, their employer could be held liable if they forced the driver to work more than the legal amount of hours in one day.
We can help you determine who was truly at fault for accidents caused by things like:
- Reckless/aggressive driving
- Brake failure
- Tire blowouts
- Dangerous or defective highways
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Improper maintenance
- Improper loading
- Oversized trucks
- Overloaded trucks
- Failure to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Lack of driver training
- Lack of driver experience
- Broken or improperly maintained parts
- Improperly maintained safety precautions
What to do After a Truck Accident
If you are involved in a truck accident, the number one thing to remember is: stay calm. Accidents can be terrifying, but doing your best to collect yourself and achieve some level of composure can help make the situation seem less scary. Remember these tips in the event of a truck accident:
- Look for injuries. Check yourself and anyone else involved for injuries. If there are casualties, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Assess the situation. If you can do so safely, move the vehicles and large pieces of debris off the road. If 9-1-1 has not been called, contact your local non-emergency numbers so police can respond to the scene.
- Collect evidence. To have the best chance of a successful outcome, you’ll need evidence that proves the negligence of the other parties involved. Take pictures of the scene at every angle, the damage done to each vehicle, and any visible injuries. Collect contact and insurance information from the other parties and take notes on the date, time, location, and what the weather was like when the accident occurred.
- Talk to witness. Find out if anyone nearby saw or heard part or all of the accident. Ask if they would be willing to testify in court and, if so, get their contact information.
- Report the accident to your insurer. They will ask you for some information regarding the accident. Provide them with what they need but do not give any recorded statements without an attorney present.
- Call the Frickey Law Firm. The insurance companies that represent the driver, trucking company, and manufacturers will do whatever they can to get you to settle out of court, often for a lot less money than you may be entitled to. An experienced truck accident lawyer will protect your rights and fight for what you deserve.
Truck Accident Injuries
Because of the additional weight and size of a tractor trailer, accidents involving 18-wheelers and cars can cause catastrophic injuries. Some individuals are lucky enough to walk away from a truck accident with scrapes and bruises. Others find themselves suffering severe injuries and dealing with a mountain of medical bills.
Common truck accident injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Ligament and disc injuries
- Complete/partial paralysis
- Limb loss
- Permanent cosmetic disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
A Truck Accident Lawyer can Help Recover the Compensation You Need
Truck drivers and their employers have a duty to operate their vehicles responsibly and according to the rules and regulations established by the U.S. government. To be compensated after a truck accident, we must be able to prove that this was not the case.
We’ll review information from the truck’s black box recorder, as well as cell phone and satellite data, to determine who was at fault. Our attorneys will also work with experts and specialists who can recreate the accident and the events leading up to it, providing further insight about what really happened.
If your pain and suffering was the result of negligence on the part of the driver, their employer, or a manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Fear of driving
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Loss of future earning capacity
If your life has been changed by a truck accident, you need the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer. Because these cases can involve multiple parties, the litigation process can be a long road. Don’t hesitate to contact the Frickey Law Firm. The sooner you find legal representation, the quicker you can receive compensation and get your life back on track. Call our Colorado truck accident attorneys today to schedule your free consultation at 303-237-7373.