Truck Accidents Attorney in Longmont
Truck Accident Claims in Colorado
Semi-trucks play a vital role in our society. They deliver important goods
across the country every day, but they can also present an incredible
amount of danger on the roads. Their inability to slow down quickly and
sheer size—about 25 times that of a passenger vehicle—require
their drivers to be alert at all times to ensure the safety of themselves
and those surrounding them on the road. However, when a truck driver is
distracted or driving through a sleepless night to hit deadlines, accidents
happen, and they’re often extremely serious or even fatal for whoever
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving
a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle, we can help. Our Longmont
truck accident attorney at
The Law Offices of Edward Smith provides compassionate and effective representation for injured clients
across Colorado. Truck accident cases can be messy and complex, but we
can take a load off by handling the legal side and fighting to get you
the compensation you need to fully cover your accident-related expenses.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Ed Smith.
Finding Fault in Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a semi, more than
one party may be at fault. Truck accidents, in addition to causing severe
injuries such as paralysis or brain injury, often make it tricky to determine
who is truly at fault and to what extent. Multi-car pileups are common,
which means insurance and liability can become complex fast. Who was
really at fault if you were sandwiched between eight other cars and a semi?
Additionally, since truck drivers are working when they are involved in
accidents, they have their own set of safety standards and laws to adhere
to, further complicating the situation. Fortunately, Attorney Ed Smith
spent years working within the insurance industry before becoming a personal
injury lawyer, so he is able to navigate this legal area incredibly well
on your behalf. Ed Smith will find any and all guilty parties and hold
them accountable to ensure you’re receiving the highest settlement possible.
Liable parties could include:
- The trucking company, who may have required its drivers to work overtime
to complete a delivery in an unreasonable amount of time
- The company who built the truck, if a defect such as brake failure is involved
- The loading company, if an off-balanced load caused the accident
- The driver themselves, if they were acting in a careless manner (speeding,
- Someone else
Every situation is unique, so to determine liability in a truck accident
you always have to start from square one. Fortunately, this is not a daunting
task for our firm. We know what to look for, how to collect evidence,
and who to talk to—such as accident reconstruction experts—to
determine liability in your case.
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Because trucks can cause so much damage to other motorists in the event
of an accident, truckers are required to follow more rules than other
motor vehicles. One of these rules is called the hours of service regulation
which dictates how long a trucker can drive and when they must take breaks.
These set of rules serve to both protect truck drivers from being overworked
by their employers and prevent fatigued driving accidents, a major cause
of accidents on the road. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a day
- Of these 14 hours truckers can only actually drive for 11 hours, the remaining
hours much be spent on meal or rest breaks
- Truckers must rest for at least 10 hours before starting a new workday
- Truck drivers must take days off at regular intervals
You Don’t Have to Do This Alone
Filing a claim yourself can be a complicated process, and if you take the
insurance company’s outright offer, chances are that you won’t
receive all of the money that you deserve. Longmont truck accident attorney
Ed Smith can help you get the most money from all responsible parties
to help cover the costs involved from your accident.
If you’re injured in a trucking accident, you’ll need compensation
to cover lost wages while you recover and the medical bills from injuries
sustained during the accident. The doctor visits are likely not to be
a one-time, isolated incident; chances are you may have recurring problems
down the road as a result and will have to make repeated, and expensive,
trips to see a doctor or specialist. We will also take into consideration
whether or not your injury is so severe that you can never go back into
your field of work, as well as the monetary value of your emotional distress,
pain, and suffering.
Contact Ed Smith, the truck accident lawyer Longmont depends on, today to set up a free
information session to discuss your case and the options that are available to you.
“We Were Rear-Ended By An 18-Wheeler and Hired Ed to Help Us.”- Brooke Johnston
“He took care of everything which was a big relief. I got a settlement that was way more than what I expected.”- David B.
“For any other person seeking to redress a personal injury case, I couldn't recommend anyone higher for your consideration than Mr. Edward Smith, Esquire.”- Charlotte M.