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You might not think that there are any big differences between a collision with a car and a collision with a commercial truck. But in truth, there are two very important differences that you should know about, especially if you have been involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, box truck, or commercial vehicle:

  1. Truck accidents result in more damage and injury. Trucks are significantly bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. In fact, a large truck with cargo can legally weigh 80,000 pounds. When 80,000 pounds crash into your vehicle at any speed, the damage can be significant and the injuries could be permanent.
  2. Truck accidents are more complex legally. Non-commercial drivers are responsible for their actions behind the wheel, and only rarely are other parties involved in a wreck (such as a municipality or an auto manufacturer). But when you are struck by a commercial vehicle, a number of parties may be to blame, including the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the owner of the trailer, the truck’s mechanic, etc.

Because truck accidents are more serious and more complex than most traffic accidents, it is all the more important that you speak with an experienced, knowledgeable Denver, Colorado truck accident attorney after your crash. 

At Zaner Harden Law, we are extremely familiar with these accidents and can help you secure the justice and compensation that you and your family deserve. Contact us at (720) 613-9706 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation if you or a loved one were injured in a Colorado truck accident. 

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WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?

Every truck accident lawsuit will be different and will involve different types of injuries and losses. However, a damages award in a truck accident lawsuit will typically cover expenses such as:

  • Initial medical treatment and hospital stays
  • Long-term rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Various medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Costs associated with lost wages while one recovers
  • Losses associated with an inability to earn wages in the future
  • Property damage expenses

In truck accident cases involving fatalities, wrongful death damages may be issued as well. In cases where intentional or severely negligent conduct is involved (such as drunk driving), a judge may choose to issue punitive damages. These are additional damages intended to punish the defendant and deter them from such conduct in the future.

Many types of evidence may be used to prove these types of losses, including hospital bills, pay stubs, medical records, and other documents. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to obtain and present such evidence and use them in court skillfully to obtain an optimal damages award for the injured party.

WHAT ARE COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES?

As mentioned, truck accidents may lead to more severe injuries than conventional passenger car crashes due to the size and weight discrepancies involved. Injuries caused by a truck accident may include: 

  • Head, neck, and spine injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries (especially if flammable cargo was involved)
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Fatalities

Truck accident injuries can often lead to permanent debilitation and major lifestyle adjustments. They can impact a person’s ability to work and/or perform everyday tasks. For this reason, it is important to get in touch with a Denver truck accident lawyer at Zaner Harden Law if you or a loved one were affected by a truck crash. Calculating a damages award can be complex and requires the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TRUCKING ACCIDENTS AND THE I-70 CORRIDOR?

Snaking East/West through the Rocky Mountain front, the Interstate 70 is a popular throughway for both truckers and non-commercial drivers. Trucks use the highway to get to and from Summit County, while long-haul truckers use the road as they pass through the state. At the same time, skiers use I-70 to access Colorado’s famous resorts, including Vail and Aspen, in the winter and spring, and to access hiking, fishing, and outdoor recreation in the summer and fall months.

Because the road is crowded with a mix of traffic, and also because the road bends through various mountain passes and rough terrain, it is a hotbed of trucking accidents year round. The causes of these accidents vary, but you should speak with a Colorado truck accident lawyer if you have been involved in a I-70 trucking crash.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCKING ACCIDENTS?

Unlike passenger car accidents and pick-up truck accidents, commercial truck and 18-wheeler accidents can have causes that aren’t obvious at first. Here are just a few more common causes of truck accidents in Colorado and the United States:

  • Distracted driving: Because truckers are in their vehicle for many hours each week, they may fall victim to distracted driving. This could include anything from using a mobile device to watching television to eating a meal to using an on-board computer for work.
  • Driving under the influence: There are strict regulations regarding commercial drivers drinking or using drugs, and incidents have fallen greatly in the past two decades. Yet a surprising number of truckers are still found to be drinking or using drugs while on the job.
  • Fatigued driving: One of the most common causes of truck accidents is tired drivers who have been on the road too long or who haven’t gotten enough sleep. Many believe that regulations regarding how long truckers can drive safely over a day and over a week should be stricter, but trucking companies have pushed back.
  • Speeding: Truckers and truck companies make more money when they deliver goods faster. So it’s no surprise that speeding is a big issue in the trucking industry and a very common cause of truck accidents. And remember: trucks shouldn’t be going as fast as other cars on the road because of their size and weight.
  • Mechanical failures: Some truck accidents occur when part of the truck fails–such as its tires or the hitch to the trailer. In some cases, mechanical failures take place because truck owners or trucking companies do not properly maintain or fix their vehicles in order to save money.
  • Unsafe loads: Trucks that are carrying too much weight can crash–and cause significant damage when they do. At the same time, truck trailers that are loaded improperly can cause the vehicle to sway or roll, taking out any vehicles in its path.
  • Poor driver vetting: Truck drivers must have special commercial licenses as well as a stellar record in order to stay on the road. If a truck company doesn’t properly vet a driver they hire, or if they neglect to fire a troubled driver, they may be liable for the accident.
  • Defective truck parts: In some cases, a defective auto part may have caused the truck accident. For example, a bad tire could blow, causing the truck to lose balance, sway, and roll.

If you feel that any of these have caused your truck accident, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. They can determine your legal rights and determine how a specific accident factor may affect your damages award.

Truck accident cases are complex. They require the utmost care and rigorous attention to detail that only an experienced attorney can provide.

HOW CAN I CONTACT A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER?

Trucking companies who violate federal and state commercial vehicle regulations endanger others on the roads, and far too many companies cut corners and break laws in order to increase their profits. For every great trucking company making the world better, there is one who might be negligent or grossly negligent–an issue that leads to loss of life during highway and interstate truck accidents.

Truck accident cases are complex. They require the utmost care and rigorous attention to detail that only an experienced attorney can provide. If you need legal representation for a Denver, Colorado truck accident lawsuit, contact our team at Zaner Harden Law right away at (720) 613-9706. Our attorneys work hard to ensure our clients receive the personal attention they deserve. Our consultations are free of charge and held in the strictest of confidence. 

TRUCK ACCIDENT FAQS

WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT?

There are several entities that could be liable after a tractor-trailer accident in Colorado. In some cases, more than one party will be liable, and damages should be divided between all responsible parties in a proportional manner. These liable parties could include:

  • The truck driver or owner: The truck driver may have been driving recklessly, under the influence, or distracted at the time of the accident.
  • The trucking company or leasing company: The trucking company could have failed to vet the driver, ignored federal trucking regulations, or failed to maintain the vehicle.
  • A manufacturer: The manufacturer of the cab, the trailer, the hitch, or the tires could be responsible for an accident if it produced a defective or dangerous product that malfunctioned before or during the crash.
  • The shipper or truck loader: If the company shipping the cargo and loading the truck do their job badly, items may shift during transport, causing an accident. Or an overloaded truck may experience issues braking and cause an accident.

An experienced Colorado truck accident lawyer can help you understand who is liable for your truck accident injuries and find evidence to back up your claims.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A TRUCK ACCIDENT?

Being involved in a 18-wheeler accident can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you are injured. Still, it is vital that you know what is most important in the hours, days, and weeks, after your crash. Here are four steps every accident victim should take.

  • See a doctor as soon as possible: Caring for your health is more important than anything else: if you are not taken to the hospital via ambulance, be sure to get examined at the scene of the crash and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Be aware that some injuries may be covered by adrenaline and others may take time to surface, such as traumatic brain injuries.
  • Collect all possible evidence: We understand that you are probably not healthy enough to sleuth around the wreckage and solve the mystery of what happened, but even if you can take down witness names and snap a few pictures with your phone, you could hold on to evidence that will help you win your truck accident injury case down the road.
  • Don’t bend under pressure: Truck companies are very, very familiar with fighting accident and injury claims. One tactic they will use, along with the insurance companies, is to convince you to make a recorded statement without an attorney or to settle for much less than your case is worth. Don’t do either. Contact a tractor-trailer accident attorney. When it comes to these cases, our truck accident attorneys have just as much experience as the truck companies and we can level the playing field. Schedule a consultation today to speak with our team.

HOW LONG WILL A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWSUIT TAKE?

Truck accident lawsuits are complex and may take anywhere from several months to a year or even longer to complete. Cases involving more serious injuries or other factors can take longer as well. 

An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to litigate your case quickly and efficiently to ensure you receive the optimal damages award. They can also negotiate for a settlement, which can often avoid the need for a full trial to begin with. 

HOW CAN A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER HELP ME?

It would be highly challenging and difficult to handle a truck accident claim on your own without an attorney. A lawyer can guide you through the process and perform tasks such as: 

  • Researching the relevant trucking laws for your case
  • Reviewing the facts and circumstances of your claim
  • Gathering evidence and preparing it for trial
  • Litigating your case in court

If you or a loved one were injured in a Denver, CO truck accident contact Zaner Harden now at (720) 613-9706. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to successfully handle your unique claim. 

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First, let me say that I have never had an injury where I was required to hire an attorney. Having been hit by a truck while riding my bicycle I required legal representation. After interviewing many different attorneys, I chose Zaner Harden Law. My wife and I are extremely appreciative of all Mr. Kurt Zaner and his staff have done for us. His high level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism has made this journey a relatively painless process. He or his paralegal, Jenny, were in constant contact with me keeping me up to date on all that was transpiring as we moved through the process. Kurt’s exceedingly high level of abilities made it seem almost effortless in how he presented my case so well. His actions left the opposing insurance company with virtually no option but to accept our demand for payment of their maximum limit of coverage. This was accomplished without having to go to trial. Thanks to all at Zaner Harden Law firm and especially to Kurt for his skill and leadership.

CLAIRE DUWE
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Mara and Ted have been absolutely amazing throughout my case. Their kindness and compassion has carried me through my accident, surgery and recovery. Both of them work beautifully together and get results. I can not say thank you enough to these two at Zander Harden Law.

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