Being involved in an accident with a semi-truck can be one of the most traumatic experiences imaginable. Because 18-wheelers are substantially larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, the damage and injuries that result from a collision are much more severe than they would be with a smaller and lighter vehicle.
Colorado serves as a major truck thoroughfare through the United States, offering truckers long cross-country routes through I-25 and I-70. The growing population in Colorado means more vehicles on the roads overall, and large truck accidents are more common than they have ever been.
Crashes with semi-trucks are not only terrifying, but they present complex legal issues as well. They involve multiple liable parties, and many people do not know the steps necessary to get justice for themselves and their loved ones. We here at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, understand how difficult it is to carry on after an accident like this. Here are some basic things to know if you or a loved one have been involved in a collision with a large truck.
What type of damages am I entitled to recover in a truck accident case?
Same as with other personal injury claims:
- Economic damages (medical, wage, business, or any other financial losses from time of accident into the future);
- Non-economic damages (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life); and
- Damages specifically for permanent impairment or disfigurement.
The big difference is that most trucking cases involve commercial defendants who are either self-insured, or if insured through a company, have a considerable amount of coverage available to compensate victims.
How soon should I hire a trucking accident lawyer after a collision with a semi-truck?
Right away. This is very important because of the truck inspection and site investigation that will happen after a truck crash takes place. The trucking company and/or its insurance company will likely send an entire team to investigate on behalf of the at-fault trucker very soon—often same-day.
What three things should I know if I’ve been in a truck accident?
- Truck drivers must follow the same rules of the road as other drivers. But they also must follow several federal safety guidelines like limitations on driving hours, as well as undergo training and supervision.
- The massive weight and size of these trucks, and their blind spots, create different accident scenarios and injuries. It is important to have a law firm that is experienced in handling these claims. We have the resources and investigative team available to recreate the accident scene and show how your injuries were caused.
- Trucks have a “black box” with a wealth of info. It’s important to secure the box and its contents immediately. It will help us establish not only fault, but also forces and angles, which help us understand the mechanics by which our clients were injured and to what extent. Inexperienced lawyers won’t even know a black box exists.
Speak to a Colorado Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident can be devastating to your health and your finances, leaving you wondering what the future holds. The legal team at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, wants to help you get compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses. Let us deal with the trucking and insurance companies while you focus on getting yourself and your family back on track.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in the Boulder area, call us at (303) 665-2929 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.