Colorado Springs Trucking Accident Lawyers
These days, large transport trucks are a common sight on our roads and highways. According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 3,852 fatalities in the United States in 2015 caused by a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck. The legal weight limit for a transport truck in the U.S. is 80,000 lbs, whereas the average passenger vehicle weighs close to 4,000 lbs. Due to the sheer size and considerable weight difference between large trucks and passenger vehicles, the likelihood of the occupants of the passenger vehicle receiving severe or fatal injuries in the event of a crash is extremely high. After this type of accident, it’s important to engage the services of experienced and capable Colorado Springs trucking accident lawyers who will be able to help protect your rights.
Commercial transport vehicles and drivers are required to adhere to licensing, training and safety regulations on both the state and federal level. Drivers are responsible for complying with regulations regarding the maintenance and safe operation of their vehicle, as well as the weight and loading of their cargo. Operating any motor vehicle is a complex activity requiring experience and focus, and the consequences of an accident involving a large truck make following these regulations crucial to the safety of all travellers on the roads.
In addition to failure to comply with maintenance standards, operation regulations, and cargo carriage guidelines, some other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigue resulting from exceeding recommended hours of service
- Distracted driving, including using electronic devices (GPS, cell phones)
- Poor driving conditions
- Reckless driving
Determining fault and liability after an accident can be a complicated process. Both the driver of the truck, as well as the trucking company will need to be investigated to determine liability. The advice of an experienced personal injury attorney can help during this stressful time.
Trucking Accident Injuries are Severe
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) reported that in 2013, out of all injuries that were caused as a result of a motor vehicle accident with a large truck, 72% of these injuries occurred to the occupants and/or driver of the passenger vehicle. The sheer size of these trucks, and the weight they carry when fully loaded, can cause severe injury and require months or even years of treatment to fully recover from.
Common injuries resulting from an accident involving a large truck include:
- Fractures – multiple and severe
- Concussions / Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries, paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Chronic pain
- Scarring or disfigurement
The recovery process from these types of injuries can be extensive and lengthy, and medical expenses will quickly add up.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Trucking Accident Law Firm
A motor vehicle accident involving a large truck can have catastrophic consequences. If you or your loved one is involved in a trucking related accident, let us help you negotiate your personal injury claim. At the Rector Law Firm, our Colorado Springs trucking accident attorneys have the experience and the resources to build a case that is designed to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. Contact us today at 719-578-1106 for a free initial consultation and review of your case.
“I was injured in a three car accident after being sandwiched between 2 cars. I researched before I hired an attorney. The Rectors were very personable and I always felt comfortable and completely informed during the process of my case. My satisfaction with my case brought me back to the Rector Firm for a second injury case when I fell. The Rectors took the time and skill necessary to procure the full policy limits available to me. The outcome of my cases were much beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who may sustain a personal injury!” – M. Watkins