Denver Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of commercial trucks (semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, eighteen wheelers, or big rigs) on U.S. roadways. Accordingly, there has also been a significant increase in accidents and fatalities linked to these large commercial trucks. Over 500,000 tracker-trailer accidents occur every year, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, most semi-truck accidents result in severe injuries. At The Bendinelli Law Firm, we have skilled Denver truck accident attorneys who are prepared to help you get you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages if you were involved a semi-truck crash.
What qualifies as a semi-truck?
“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% greater than the rate for all other vehicles on the roads. Nearly 98% of the time, the driver of the other vehicle is killed in a crash involving a semi-truck. This means approximately 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents every year.
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.
Driver factors include:
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Illegal drug use
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (texting, phone usage)
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Inadequate training
- Unfamiliar with vehicle (less than 6 times in 6 months)
- Work-related pressure
- Illegal maneuvers
- Inadequate evasive action
- Aggressive driving behavior (tailgating, weaving)
- False assumption of other drivers’ actions
Vehicle factors include:
- Brake failure
- Lack of routine maintenance of truck
- Cargo securement
- Cargo shift
Environmental/roadway factors include:
- Traffic Flow (pre-existing crash, congestion)
- Unfamiliar with Roadway (less than 6 times in 6 months)
- 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. In Colorado, there are different sources of possible recoveries for semi-truck accident victims, and an experienced Denver tractor-trailer crash lawyer can ensure that they are all identified and maximized. In trucking cases, it is important to also investigate the cause of the trucker’s negligence or recklessness, as well as the claims history of the trucking company to determine if the company itself has failed to maintain safety standards. At The Bendinelli Law Firm, we are here to help you through the complex legal maze you may face during your truck accident claim.
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, P.C, we have extensive experience in handling these very complicated cases in Colorado and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your economic and non-economic damages.
The Bendinelli Law Firm, P.C. has the knowledge and experience you need. We have an experienced, qualified staff that is ready to fight for your rights. We tell our clients- we want you to concentrate on the important things: getting healthy and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the trucking company and insurance company. We will work hard to protect your interests and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (720) 457-6833 for a confidential and free initial consultation.