A truck wreck is very different from other vehicle crashes. For an example, trucks can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer can lead to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and paralysis. There are also factors specific to truck accidents that make them more complex than other traffic accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries from truck crash, and you believe that it was the fault of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact Goldman Law to understand your rights and how you can claim what you deserve under the law.
Crucial Things You Need To Know About Truck Accidents
There are more things at play in a truck accident than in a typical car crash. Take note of the following:
- Truck accident causes can be complex. These causes include fatigued drivers (who typically drive long hours), inexperienced or undertrained operators, lack of truck maintenance, improper loading of cargo, and defective truck parts.
- Other parties may be held responsible. Many trucks in Colorado are commercial, which means they are owned and used by a company. When a commercial truck gets in an accident, it is possible that aside from the truck driver, the company may also be found liable.
- Truck companies may be well-equipped for claims. When a large company is involved – whether it’s a trucking or shipping company, a manufacturer, or even a leasing company – you can expect that they have the legal resources to undermine claims against them. It is important that you protect your rights with the help of a truck accident lawyer who is dedicated to helping real people.
Facts About Trucking In Colorado
Trucking is a major industry in Colorado, providing 1 of every 20 jobs in the state, according to the Colorado Motor Carriers Association. Such a large industry coupled with Colorado’s dangerous roads, as well as the negligence of various parties, can be a recipe for disaster. Here are more statistics:
- Colorado has 12,660 trucking companies (as of 2014), and most of them are small and locally owned.
- On average, Colorado trucks transport 350,696 tons of manufactured goods per day.
- More than 79 percent of communities in the state depend exclusively on trucks for the movement of their goods.
- Colorado’s Interstate 70, a major highway for both trucks and passenger vehicles, is considered a dangerous road for its narrow valleys, steep slopes, and inclement weather.
Remember This After A Truck Accident
In the aftermath of the wreck, you are likely saddled with huge medical bills, missed days at work, rehabilitation costs, and emotional distress. These things are not easy to bear, so you want to ensure that you are compensated fully for your losses. In your pursuit for justice, remember to protect yourself from companies who may convince you to settle for much less than you deserve.
A mistake that many truck accident victims make is leaving themselves vulnerable to the tactics of truck companies, their insurance companies, and their lawyers. Such tactics include taking a recorded statement from you without your attorney and offering you a small settlement amount. Some families don’t even realize exactly how much their case is worth and end up accepting this initial offer.
Before you say anything to these companies, you’ll want to at least consult with an injury attorney so you are aware of what you deserve. And for your best chance of claiming this, you want your attorney to competently fight for you in the face of powerful corporations.
Trust In Goldman Law
We at Goldman Law have earned the trust of people throughout Colorado for our highly professional and capable legal service. Our unique business-like approach treats you, our client, as an important stakeholder whose satisfaction is of top priority. This means that we empower you with a clear grasp of your case, and we work with the highest standards to make your claim a success.
Consult with us for free. Call Goldman Law at (303) 656-9529 today.