Over the past decade there has been a 20% increase in the number of truck accidents nationally. Boulder County and surrounding areas of Colorado are no exception, seeing dozens of people seriously injured or killed in truck accidents every year. Some of these are caused by the drivers of smaller vehicles, but an alarming number are caused by the drivers of commercial vehicles and the negligence of those involved in interstate freight operations.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, or surrounding areas of Northern Colorado, please contact Jeffress Law online or by calling our Boulder office at (303) 732-6634 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the leading cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue. Sleep deprived truckers, like the one who caused the accident injuring comedian Tracy Morgan, place everyone with whom they share the road at serious risk for injury – though this issue is not always the fault of the driver alone. Unrealistic schedules posed by trucking companies can force a driver to forego sleep in order to keep his job. In these cases, both the trucker and the company he works for will be liable for any damages caused by an accident. Boulder truck accident lawyer Chris Jeffress will investigate your accident to identify all liable parties, helping ensure you are provided maximum compensation.
Rounding out the top 10 causes of truck accidents identified by the LTCCS are:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Drug and alcohol use
- Poorly loaded or secured cargo
- Defective truck equipment
- Poorly trained and inexperienced drivers
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to maintain adequate distance
Some of these causes of truck accidents are clearly a result of driver behavior. Others may result from negligence on several levels, making truck accident litigation particularly complex. For this reason alone, having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side is essential for the success of your case.
Liability in Truck Accidents
As mentioned before, truckers and the companies they work for may share liability even in cases that seem to point to driver behavior alone. Others that may be held liable in truck accident litigation include:
- Companies that load and secure cargo
- Truck parts manufacturers
- Government entities
Each party involved in truck accident litigation will have attorneys and insurance companies working to minimize your claim. You deserve an aggressive truck accident lawyer who will work just as tirelessly and take your case as far as needed to help you secure every penny you are due.
To schedule a free consultation with our Boulder truck accident lawyer, please call (303) 732-6634 today.