Denver & Colorado Truck Accident Lawyer
In a collision with a large and heavy commercial truck, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries or death. As reported in December 2014 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 3,964 people were killed in collisions involving large trucks. Only 691 of those fatalities were large truck occupants. The remaining people who died were passenger vehicle occupants (2,834) and cyclists and pedestrians (439).
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision caused by a large commercial truck driver, it is important to consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. At The Sawaya Law Firm, our attorneys have been successfully handling a range of truck and automobile accident and other injury cases for more than 35 years. Our Colorado personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle complex commercial truck accident claims.
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Truck Accidents in Colorado
With increasing numbers of semi tractor-trailers and other big rigs on our roadways, truck accidents are bound to be common in the state of Colorado. NHTSA reported in May 2014that 51 large commercial trucks were involved in fatal collisions statewide in 2012, accounting for 8 percent of the total vehicles involved in fatal crashes in Colorado that year and 1.3 percent of the U.S. total for large trucks involved in fatal collisions.
Nevertheless, the Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that only 10 large truck occupants died in traffic crashes in Colorado in 2013, as compared to 315 passenger vehicle occupants, 83 motorcyclists, 50 pedestrians, and 12 bicyclists. When large and fully-loaded commercial trucks collide with much smaller vehicles, other motorists and their passengers – not the truck drivers – face the greatest risk of catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are sometimes caused by other motorists, road hazards, vehicle failure, or weather conditions. However, according to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study Analysis Brief published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a comprehensive study conducted by the NHTSA and the FMCSA revealed truck driver error to be a major contributing factor to accidents. Researchers assigned the following associated factors in large truck collisions, along with their relative risk importance:
- Truck brake problems (29%)
- Driver traveling too fast for conditions (23%)
- Driver unfamiliar with the roadway (22%)
- Roadway problems (20%)
- Driver use of over-the-counter drugs (17%)
- Driver inadequate surveillance (14%)
- Driver fatigue (13%)
- Driver under work pressure (10%)
- Driver made an illegal maneuver (9%)
- Driver inattention (9%)
- Driver distraction – external (8%)
- Truck tire problems (6%)
- Truck driver tailgating (5%)
- Driver jackknifing truck (5%)
- Truck cargo shift (4%)
- Driver illness (3%)
- Driver distraction – internal (2%)
- Driver use of illegal drugs (2%)
- Driver consumption of alcohol (1%)
Injuries and Damages in Truck Accidents
Among victims of traffic collisions with large commercial trucks, those who survive often suffer catastrophic injuries with long-term debilitating effects. Common truck accident injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It is important to have skilled legal representation after a truck accident with serious or catastrophic injuries. The damages you may be entitled to claim include present and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our Colorado truck accident lawyers at The Sawaya Law Firm are dedicated to fully assessing the extent of your injuries and aggressively pursuing the compensation you need.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Serve Denver, Greeley and All of Colorado
When you come to The Sawaya Law Firm after a serious truck accident, we will immediately and thoroughly investigate your accident, and file claims for the compensation we believe you are entitled to receive. We will also work to ensure that you receive proper medical treatment for your injuries and help you get your life back on track.
Due to the multiple potentially liable parties and federal regulations involved, truck accident cases can be complicated legal matters. Our Colorado personal injury lawyers have the skills, experience, resources, and dedication to fight for your rights and interests after a catastrophic truck accident. Contact our office today to arrange for a case consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer with our firm, free of charge.