Truck Accident Claims
Due to their size and strength, truck accidents present unique challenges in a personal injury case. Without an experienced truck accident attorney, victims might feel pressured to settle, leaving behind critical compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
If you’ve been in an accident involving a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or other heavy vehicle, you need an experienced injury lawyer who understands the complexities of large truck accidents.
At Norton Frickey P.C., we have the experience you want representing truck accident victims. If you’ve been injured, call us at 719-634-6450 for a free consultation, or contact us online to get started now.
Truck Accidents Are Different
Large trucks go by several names, but generally, they refer to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. Using this definition, large trucks might also include delivery trucks, construction vehicles, airport and hotel shuttles, and busses.
The size and weight of these large vehicles make accidents with them especially dangerous, compared to passenger cars and SUVs. A fully loaded semi-truck, for example, weighs approximately 20 to 30 times as much as a passenger vehicle.
Moreover, specific features on large trucks make them unique, and sometimes, particularly dangerous:
- Tractor-trailers require longer stopping distances
- Cargo can shift and affect the maneuverability of a truck
- Large trucks are equipped with air brakes (as opposed to hydraulic brakes), which can be extremely dangerous if not properly maintained; and
- Colorado’s inclement weather can increase crash risks
In an effort to protect truck drivers and others on the road, federal regulations have been implemented to curb dangerous behavior and enforce safety standards. For example, commercial truck drivers:
- Must maintain a current commercial driver’s license
- May not exceed daily driving limits
- May not drive fatigued
- Can’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Must practice safe cargo procedures
- May not overfill a truck beyond its maximum
- Are responsible for regular brake and tire maintenance
Lastly, large truck accidents often involve multiple vehicles; this can make the claim process challenging, especially when disputes arise over who caused the accident.
These are just a few reasons why large truck accidents are different, and often more complicated, than other motor vehicle accidents.
Compensation for Large Truck Accidents
If you’ve been injured by a large truck, you may be entitled to compensation. There are three types of compensation that may be available: direct financial cost (specific damages) and emotional and indirect costs (general damages) are the most common.
- Specific damages refer to accident-related injuries or losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages or loss of earning capacity; and
- Property damage
- General damages refer to damages that don’t have calculated dollar amounts and are subjective, such as:
- Emotional distress
- Inability to have children as a result of accident-related injuries
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
You may also be entitled to punitive damages, a type of compensation used to punish drivers for extreme negligence or wanton behavior.
More importunely, truck drivers typically have multiple sources of insurance coverage. For example, the trucking company or employer may have coverage beyond what the driver carries. Additionally, the truck maintenance company and cargo loaders may have coverage available to cover the cost of certain types of damages.
This is very important for victims to understand; if you don’t hire an experienced attorney, you could potentially leave money on the table that could otherwise go toward your recovery.
Legal Expertise You Can Trust
The statute of limitations expires very quickly. This means victims can’t file a claim if the statute of limitation expires. In other words: If you’ve been injured, don’t hesitate to call a lawyer for help.
The accident attorneys at Norton Frickey P.C. are dedicated to ensuring clients receive the resources they need to cope with injuries and the recovery process.
Plus, we have the knowledge and skills you need to successfully take on trucking companies and negligent truck drivers.