Denver Truck Accident Attorney
Colliding with a truck can result in serious and life-threatening injuries. In any collision, the larger and heavier vehicle asserts energy onto the smaller vehicle, while the smaller vehicle absorbs the impact. This is why smaller passenger vehicles and their occupants almost always sustain more damage than trucks and truck drivers in these accidents. In fact, 97% of occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving large trucks in 2016 were occupants of the passenger vehicles. If you sustained injuries in a Denver truck accident, contact Jordan, Herington & Rowley. You could be eligible for financial compensation.
How our Denver Truck Accident Lawyers can Help
Truck accidents often involve company liability for the actions of drivers. It is up to you to pursue financial recovery through a claim with the truck company’s insurer. Requesting help from an attorney can give you the resources and experience you need for a successful claim. Our truck accident lawyers at Jordan, Herington & Rowley has helped dozens of truck accident clients over the years and may be able to help you as well.
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Commercial Truck Accidents
Due to the dangerous nature of large commercial trucks, companies and operators in the trucking industry must take special care to prevent accidents. Trucking companies must inspect their fleets before trips and order repairs and maintenance as necessary. They must hire and train vigilant truck drivers, and conduct drug and alcohol tests to make sure their drivers are responsible behind the wheel. Cargo loaders must adhere to strict federal rules for cargo securement.
Truck drivers have to obey state traffic laws as well as federal trucking industry rules when they clock in for work. This includes hours of service regulations, electronic logging device requirements, and any local truck-specific speed limits or lane restrictions. It is against the law in Colorado for commercial truck drivers to text and drive and to drive with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.04% or higher. Breaking any of these laws can cause car accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Delivery Truck Accidents
Big rigs aren’t the only kinds of trucks threatening the lives of Colorado drivers. Delivery vehicles from USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon.com, and other mail carriers are also involved in collisions each year. Delivery workers are prone to distracted driving, as they have to read house numbers and packages while on the road. They require special training to drive on the opposite side of the vehicle. Delivery drivers might fail to yield to existing traffic, back into traffic after a delivery, make a sudden stop, or fail to notice stopped traffic. These are all examples of driver negligence that could result in lawsuits.
If a delivery driver causes your accident, you could have a claim against the company or the government depending on the employer. You could sue the company if the employee was performing job-related tasks at the time of the crash. For example, a flower delivery person must have been driving the truck for work and not for leisure for the company to bear liability. If the employee worked for the United States Postal Service or some other federal carrier, you might have a claim against the government. You have 180 days from the date of your crash to file a notice with a government agency for these types of claims.