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Denver Truck Accident Attorney

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of commercial trucks on roadways, causing an increase in truck accidents. In 2018, approximately 531,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes. Unfortunately, most semi-truck accidents result in severe injuries.

If you were a victim of a truck accident, contact the Bendinelli Law Firm. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we have skilled Denver truck accident attorneys prepared to help you receive the compensation you need and deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

What Qualifies As A Semi-Truck?

Semi-trucks, or large trucks are defined as those with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds. The fatality rate for victims in large truck crashes is 50 percent greater than the rate for all other vehicles on the roads. Nearly 98 percent of the time, the driver of the other vehicle is killed in a crash involving a semi-truck.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common causes of semi-truck accidents are related to the driver, the vehicle and/or the environment.

Common causes include:

  • Fatigue
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Illegal drug use
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving (cell phone use)
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Inadequate training
  • Unfamiliar or inexperienced with vehicle
  • Speeding
  • Work-related pressure
  • Illegal maneuvers
  • Inattention
  • Aggressive driving (tailgating, weaving)
  • False assumption of other drivers’ actions

Vehicle factors include:

  • Brake failure
  • Lack of routine maintenance of the truck
  • Cargo securement
  • Cargo shift

Environmental/roadway factors include:

  • Traffic flow (pre-existing crash, congestion)
  • Unfamiliar with roadway
  • Road conditions
  • Road construction
  • Adverse weather

What Do I Do Next?

Each state has its own laws regarding the types of damages recoverable in a truck accident. While sources of recovery can vary for semi-truck accident victims in Colorado, an experienced Denver tractor-trailer crash lawyer can help you identify and maximize recovery for your case.

In trucking cases, it is essential to investigate the cause of the trucker’s negligence or recklessness and the trucking company’s claims history to determine if the company itself has failed to maintain safety standards. The trucking company will act immediately after the accident to limit their financial liability. Therefore, it is crucial you hire a qualified truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your claim.

At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we are here to help you through the legal complexities you may face during your truck accident claim. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling these very complicated cases in Colorado. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your economic and non-economic damages.

Common Injuries in Colorado Large Truck Accidents

Unfortunately, a passenger vehicle cannot withstand a collision with a large truck. Most semi-trucks and other commercial trucks weigh about 80,000 pounds. Compare that to the typical passenger vehicle that weighs between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle can be crushed beneath the weight and size of a large truck.

Occupants of other vehicles often sustain life-threatening conditions and catastrophic injuries in a truck crash. Common truck accident injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple broken bones and fractures
  • Amputations and loss of limbs
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Skull fractures and other head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, including complete paralysis
  • Severe burns and disfigurement
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Chest injuries and internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death

The injuries caused by a truck accident can result in permanent disabilities and impairments. Many truck accident victims require long-term personal care and ongoing medical care. The cost of long-term care over a lifetime can total millions of dollars. Recovering maximum compensation for damages is crucial in a truck accident case.

Damages Included in a Large Truck Accident Claim

The damages in a truck accident claim include economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses are the expenses and financial losses associated with the truck accident, your injuries, and your recovery. Non-economic losses refer to the pain and suffering you experience because of the truck accident.

Examples of damages include:

  • Cost of medical treatment and care, including surgeries, physicians’ bills, therapies, medications, and hospital bills
  • Cost of treating psychological injuries, such as depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anxiety
  • Therapy costs, including vocational, occupational, physical, and speech therapies
  • Loss of income, including lost wages, commissions, salaries, bonuses, benefits, and other income
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Scarring, disfigurement, permanent impairments, and disabilities
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life and enjoyment of life
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses and losses

The value of your truck accident claim depends on numerous factors, including the type and extent of your injury. Permanent impairments and catastrophic injuries increase the value of a personal injury claim.

Liability also impacts the value of a truck accident claim. You must prove that the other parties involved in the case were responsible for causing the truck accident. If there is a valid dispute regarding liability, that issue could lower the value of your personal injury claim.

Our Denver truck accident attorneys understand each of the factors that can impact the value of your injury claim. We work to maximize the factors that increase the value of your claim while minimizing any weaknesses that could hurt your claim.

Through years of experience, we have developed a system for accurately valuing truck accident claims. Our goal is to help you receive the maximum compensation for your claim, so you can continue to recover physically, emotionally, and financially after being injured in a truck accident.

Call Our Experienced Denver Truck Accident Lawyers Today

The Bendinelli Law Firm has the knowledge and experience you need. We want you to concentrate on getting healthy and returning to your day-to-day life, while our Denver personal injury attorneys take care of the complex legal issues and deal with the trucking company and the insurance company. We will work hard to protect your interests and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation.