Trucking Accident Attorneys
Trucking Accident Attorneys
The force and violence of a truck collision with a passenger vehicle can change your life in an instant. The damages and injuries in an accident between a car and a tractor-trailer can be catastrophic.
Trucking accidents raise special considerations that our trucking accident attorneys are familiar with. We help determine whether federal and state safety rules were followed. Federal regulations likely apply and we investigate to see if they were followed. Trucking companies have internal rules and procedures to avoid preventable accidents.
Tractor Trailers and Passenger Vehicles
A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Most standard passenger vehicles on the road today only weigh between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds. You do the math.
Occupants of passenger vehicles consequently have a severe disadvantage against the sheer size and momentum of a large semi.
If you have been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler or other commercial motor vehicle, Contact us today.
Our attorneys will first conduct a thorough investigation of your accident. We examine what happened and consequently who should be held accountable. We work with top experts to reconstruct the accident and demonstrate the causes.
Your job, above all, is to get better and focus on recovery from your injuries. Our job is to fight for the fair compensation that you deserve.
Do Not Fight Insurance Alone
We understand that your life has been turned upside down due to the accident. Insurance companies also know this. Those companies know that you need money now for sudden and unexpected expenses. Medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages are just the start. A quick settlement, far below what you need and what you deserve, will only cause more pain down the road. A catastrophic injury is sudden, but the full extent of the pain can take a long time to fully show.
Our trucking accident attorneys understand commercial trucking insurance policies. We also know the differences from standard passenger vehicle policies. Several parties may be involved. Different rules may apply if the driver was an independent contractor instead of a company employee. We are prepared to hold all responsible parties accountable when you get hurt.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Trucking accidents happen on the road, however the story of a crash usually begins long before anyone takes the wheel. Trucking companies must follow a detailed body of federal and state laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) govern commercial trucking companies and their employees. The State of Colorado likewise enforces certain commercial vehicle regulations depending on the nature of the commercial carrier involved.
These laws are in place to make commercial trucking safe. This includes the employers, the drivers they hire, and the vehicles they drive.
The FMCSR creates obligations on truckers and trucking companies concerning all aspects of the job, including:
- Hiring and Training
- Controlled Substance and Alcohol Use and Testing
- Driver Logs
- Driver Hours and Fatigue
- Proper Licensing
- Sufficient Fleet Maintenance
- Distracted Driving
- Insurance Requirements
- Preserving Records
Holding Violators Accountable
A company must know the rules and follow them. The company likewise must ensure its drivers and employees do the same. The rules are fair and seek to avoid a collision between an 80,000-pound truck and a 2,000-pound car.
Driving a semi is a unique and potentially dangerous job. Sometimes a violation leads to a serious accident. Drivers holding a Commercial Driver License (CDL) are consequently held to a higher standard. When those drivers violate the laws that keep us all safe on the road, our trucking accident attorneys work to hold those drivers accountable.
Unfortunately, some trucking companies and drivers decide to cut corners and avoid their safety obligations. When you get hurt due to this negligence, we fight to get you the compensation you deserve.