Denver Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Colorado
Navigating the aftermath of any motor vehicle accident can be challenging, but this is especially true when you are involved in a collision with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or similar commercial vehicle. Most large truck accidents result in significant damage, including catastrophic bodily injuries. These injuries can lead to permanent disability, life-altering impairments, and even death. Victims and their families are often left to pick up the pieces of their lives and may struggle to keep up with mounting medical bills on top of weeks, months, or years of lost wages and immense physical and emotional pain and suffering.
At Boesen Law, we understand how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a large truck or commercial vehicle accident. Our Denver truck accident attorneys are here to help you protect your rights and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed. If you or someone you love was involved in a collision with a semi-truck, big rig, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, delivery van, or any other commercial vehicle, reach out to our firm today to learn how we can help you seek the justice you deserve.
What Makes Truck Accident Claims Different From Car Accident Claims?
While personal injury claims involving large truck accidents are similar to those involving standard passenger vehicles, there are several key differences that set truck accident cases apart from typical car accident claims.
Some of the main differences include:
- The severity of the victim’s injuries
- The overall extent of the victim’s damages
- The cost of the victim’s medical care
- Future medical and other expenses the victim will likely face
- Issues with fault and liability
Large truck accidents tend to result in more severe injuries and greater damage than other motor vehicle accidents. As a result, victims are more likely to experience higher costs associated with their economic and non-economic losses. This means that truck accident claims are typically (though not always) higher in value than standard automobile accident claims. As a result, insurance companies and other liable parties are even more invested in disputing or denying these claims.
To make matters more complicated, determining who was at fault and who is liable for damages after a truck accident can be very difficult. Often, the trucking company is responsible, even when truck drivers are negligent. However, depending on the exact circumstances of the case, another third party could be partially or wholly liable.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Every year, thousands of people are severely injured or killed in collisions with large trucks and commercial vehicles. Most often, these accidents are the result of negligence, wrongful or reckless conduct, or preventable errors.
Specifically, some of the most common causes of large truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error or negligence, such as distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- State and/or federal hours-of-service violations, leading to fatigued driving or truck drivers falling asleep behind the wheel
- Negligent trucking company practices, such as failure to conduct background checks, improper truck driver training, or failure to enforce safety policies
- Improperly loaded cargo or overloaded cargo, leading to shifting weight during transit, loss of vehicle control, and other problems
- Poor truck maintenance, including failure to conduct routine inspections, failure to report needed repairs, and failure to complete vehicle repairs
- Defective truck design or defective truck parts/systems, including tires, brakes, power steering, lights, reflective strips, and engine components
- Poorly maintained or defective roadways, resulting in potholes, blind curves, improper speed limits, and other roadway hazards
- Third-party negligence, including the negligent, reckless, careless, or wrongful conduct of other drivers on the road
Who Is Liable for Damages After a Truck Accident?
Determining liability for a truck accident typically begins with establishing fault. Under Colorado’s traditional fault-based system, injured victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents generally must prove another party’s fault and then bring a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company to be compensated for their damages. The same is true in truck accident cases, although identifying the liable party can be somewhat more complicated after a truck accident compared to standard car accident claims.
On the surface, truck drivers are often the ones directly responsible for causing accidents. However, they may not be the only ones liable for damages. Under various state laws, Colorado employees are often considered liable for the conduct of their employees, and any injuries or damages those employees may cause, while they are carrying out duties or activities that benefit the employer. In other instances, the trucking company may have engaged in negligent conduct or practices that indirectly led to the accident. In still other instances, the accident may have resulted from the negligence of another third party, such as a manufacturer that created a defective truck part or an individual responsible for truck maintenance who failed to report problems with the vehicle.
Determining who is liable for your damages often requires the expertise of accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other industry professionals. At Boesen Law, we work with a team of experts to thoroughly analyze these cases, determine exactly what happened, and identify the liable party. Our Denver truck accident attorneys have extensive trial experience and a track record of success in even the toughest, most complex cases.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
Truck accident cases are not the same as standard car accident claims. It is important that you work with an attorney who has specific experience handling these types of cases. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of federal and state trucking regulations, as well as what it takes to go up against major trucking companies and their insurance providers.
Our attorneys at Boesen Law have the experience you need and the reputation you can trust. We are known for providing compassionate, client-focused legal counsel, coupled with aggressive litigation and trial advocacy. We proudly provide personal attention and highly focused representation to each and every client and are happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the information you need to move forward.
As your legal team, we will be there for you every step of the way. We are prepared to step in and handle all communication with the trucking company, insurance provider, and other involved parties. Right now, you should spend your time focusing on your physical recovery; let our Denver truck accident attorneys fight for the justice and fair financial compensation you are owed.
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