It’s easy to understand why so many Denver drivers feel nervous when they see a large tractor-trailer coming up behind their vehicle, or when they pass them on the highway. These commercial trucks are huge. They weigh much more than the average passenger car, and they take longer to stop due to their weight.
When these trucks get into an accident with a smaller vehicle, those in passenger cars are typically the ones who suffer the consequences. Truck accidents can leave a wake of destruction behind them. In many cases, the injuries that accident victims are left with impact them for the rest of their lives. In the worst cases, victims are killed and families are left to pick up the pieces.
While a lawsuit or an insurance claim is not going to change what happened, it can help victims deal with the financial burden of the accident. Respected Denver truck accident lawyer Sean Olson and his skilled legal team have earned a reputation for securing outstanding results and delivering unwavering customer service to injured clients. If you are struggling in the aftermath of a serious truck crash, please contact the Olson Law Firm today to tell us your story. A consultation is free, with no obligation to you.
Why Truck Accident Claims Are More Difficult Than Car Accident Cases
After being in a truck accident, it’s common for victims to think that the process for filing a claim will be very similar to filing a car accident claim. That is not the case, though. Truck accidents are extremely complex for a number of reasons, and this makes them incredibly difficult to pursue without the help of a knowledgeable truck accident attorney in Denver.
Catastrophic injuries: One of the reasons for the complexity of these claims is the extent of injuries a truck causes when it’s in an accident. Victims can suffer a great number of injuries, all of which are severe and take time and money to treat. In order for accident victims to file a claim, though, they must understand the full extent of their injuries. This is the only way they can ask for the full amount of compensation they are entitled to receive. One of the most challenging aspects of a truck accident case is for the victim to get better, so they can truly understand how much compensation to seek.
Complex rules and regulations: Additionally, all drivers in Colorado understand the rules of the road that apply to them. This includes following posted speed limits and obeying signage and traffic lights. However, trucks have many more federal and state laws that pertain to them. Most drivers don’t understand what these are because they’ve never had a reason to learn. When a trucker or trucking company violates any of these laws, it is negligence. However, you will need an experienced truck accident lawyer who has an in-depth understanding of these rules and regulations in order to successfully pursue a claim.
Multiple liable parties: Another very difficult aspect of any truck accident is that there is the potential for many liable parties. When two cars or motorcycles get into an accident, fault typically lies with one of the drivers. When a truck gets into an accident with another vehicle, however, even when those two vehicles were the only ones involved, there is the possibility of multiple liable parties. The cab and the trailer of the truck are often owned by different companies, which means dealing with different insurers. The trucking company could also be partly liable, as can the truck driver. These are just a few of the possibilities, and it can quickly become confusing.
At the Olson Law Firm, we have extensive experience successfully resolving complex truck accident claims for our deserving clients. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a commercial motor vehicle accident, please do not hesitate to contact trusted Denver truck accident attorney Sean Olson.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Denver Truck Accident?
There are many hands involved in getting a truck on the road. Unfortunately, this also means there are many parties who may try to pass the blame after a serious truck accident. Some of the potentially liable parties our law firm will investigate include:
- Truck drivers: There are literally hundreds of moving parts on a truck. Truck drivers are responsible for knowing how to steer, how to check their blind spots, how to stop safely, and more. All of these things are much harder to do in a truck than they are in a passenger car, but truck drivers must know how to do it all safely. One small misstep such as driving tired, or while impaired, and they could cause a devastating accident.
- Truck companies: Trucking companies also have a lot of responsibilities. They must ensure that their truck drivers are competent, receive proper training, and that they do a background check on all of them. If these companies hire a driver, or anyone else, who cannot perform the job safely and they still allow them out on the roads, they can be held liable. Trucking companies also often must ensure their trucks are maintained and street-worthy. When they fail to do that, they can be held liable for a crash.
- Cargo companies: Truck drivers do not always load and unload the cargo onto their trucks. If a cargo company failed to properly load, or properly secure, cargo and it was the cause of an accident, the cargo company can be held liable.
- Truck manufacturers: Truck companies are not the only ones that must ensure a truck is safe for the roads. Truck manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their trucks are safe. They are also responsible for ensuring all parts and equipment on the truck are safe. If part of the truck was defective or faulty and causes an accident, the truck manufacturer can be held liable for damages.
With so many potential liable parties, it’s easy to see why determining fault in a truck accident is so difficult. Denver truck accident attorneys, however, know how to spot fault and how to hold responsible parties liable.
We Demand Full Compensation in a Truck Accident Claim
It’s natural after a truck accident to wonder how much your claim is worth. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. Attorney Sean Olson will have to review the full facts of your case and determine what your actual losses were. Then he and his team will be able to calculate the amount of compensation you deserve.
There are, however, some common types of compensation that appear in many of the truck accident cases our law firm handles. Compensation available in a truck accident claim may include:
- Emergency medical costs
- Ongoing and future medical treatment
- Rehabilitative costs
- Disability coverage
- Damage to your vehicle
- Loss of current and future income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of limb
- Wrongful death
- Any related financial damages
This compensation is intended to make you whole again and return you to the same physical, mental, and emotional state you were in before the accident. Colorado law states that accident victims shouldn’t have to pay for any loss incurred due to an accident that was not their fault. Therefore, you can claim any expense or loss you experienced as compensation.
What to Do After a Truck Accident in Colorado
Being involved in a semi-truck accident is an extremely frightening situation. It’s not uncommon for accident victims to be left unsure what to do next. However, the steps taken now will have a direct impact on your claim, so it’s important you understand what to do.
- Report the accident: Under Colorado law, you must stop after an accident and report it to the police if it involved property damage, injury, or death. Truck accidents will typically cause at least one of these, so it’s important to report any truck accident immediately after it happens and ask for a copy of the police report.
- Get medical treatment: It’s likely that you will need emergency medical treatment after the accident, and this should be your first priority after the crash has been reported. Even if you don’t think you need emergency treatment, you should still see a doctor. They can perform a full examination and alert you to injuries that may be slow to show symptoms.
- Exchange information: Similar to the aftermath of a car crash, you’ll need to exchange information with everyone involved in the accident. Make sure you write down the truck driver’s name, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Also, ask for the name and contact information of the truck driver’s employer.
- Collect information from witnesses: Witness testimony can greatly help a truck accident claim. If there were witnesses, ask for their names and contact information and possibly even a brief statement of what they saw.
- Document everything: Taking photos can help ensure important evidence is preserved. Take pictures of the truck, particularly the position it was in after the crash and any identifying markings on it, such as the company that leased it. Take photos of your injuries, and once home, document how they have impacted your life.
- Don’t say anything: An insurance adjuster will likely contact you shortly after the accident. It’s important you understand that they are trying to get you to accept at least partial blame for the accident so they can pay out a lower settlement. They may even offer a settlement right away. They don’t want to wait until you’ve learned the full extent of your injuries because this will also mean they will have to pay you a larger settlement.
Once you’ve left the accident scene and have gotten any necessary emergency medical treatment, your next step is to call an experienced truck accident lawyer in Denver. The Olson Law Firm is here to answer your questions and begin working on your claim for compensation immediately.
How Our Denver Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
After an accident, Sean Olson will be your ally throughout the entire process. This is important because much of the time, you’ll likely feel as though everyone else is working against you. However, our 18-wheeler accident attorney can help you in many ways, including:
- Investigating the accident: We will collect and analyze police reports, medical records, and any other documents. We will conduct interviews with witnesses and hold the trucking company responsible for preserving evidence and providing the black box data from the truck. We will also investigate all other aspects of the accident to determine negligence.
- Taking care of the paperwork: There is an enormous amount of paperwork involved in a truck accident case. If it’s not properly filled out or filed on time, you could lose your chance at compensation. We will ensure that will not happen and will take care of all the paperwork so you can focus on your recovery.
- Helping you get the care you need: Many insurance companies will attempt to limit your doctor’s visits or state that you don’t require medical care anymore. We won’t let them get away with it. We’ll make sure you receive all the medical attention you need, and work to make the insurance company liable for paying for it.
- Investigating the trucking company: It’s not only the accident scene that is investigated after a truck accident. The trucking company must be investigated, too. We will ask them for inspection reports, maintenance reports, training reports, and any other documentation that could show they were negligent and owe you compensation.
- Negotiating with the insurance companies: This is incredibly difficult after any crash, and a truck accident is no different. The insurance companies will want to deny liability and minimize your claim. Throughout these negotiations, we will fight for the fair truck accident settlement you deserve.
- Litigating your case at trial. Sean Olson is a respected trial lawyer with a track record of winning truck accident cases in the courtroom. He will not hesitate to take a truck accident lawsuit to a jury and let them decide how much you are truly owed.
Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Claims
In Colorado, the statute of limitations on truck accident cases is three years from the date of the accident. (However, in some cases, the time limit can be shorter.) This means that when a claim is filed after this time, it will likely be thrown out and you will be barred from receiving compensation.
In addition to the three-year time limit, important evidence starts to disappear soon after an accident, and the memories of witnesses are often not as clear. It’s for this reason that you must consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Talk to a Denver Trucking Accident Attorney Now
One of the most important steps you could take after a collision is to speak to a truck accident lawyer in Denver. At the Olson Law Firm, we will review your case, advise you on the value of your claim, and demand that insurance companies and at-fault parties pay you the full compensation you deserve.
The sooner you reach out us, the sooner you can begin to protect your rights and interests, so contact us today. A consultation is free, and there is never a fee to begin work on your claim. In fact, you only pay us if we recover money for you.