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Truck Accident 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 is involved.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you’ve lost a loved one in a truck 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 in order to be fully compensated for all of your accident related damages.
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. Edward 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, drinking, etc.)
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 Edward 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.