Because of the sheer size of trucks, and the speed at which they travel on highways, 18-wheelers require skilled drivers and responsible trucking companies. Were you injured in a crash with a truck? You may be entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries if the crash was caused by someone else's negligence.
If you've been involved in any type of a truck accident or injured by an 18-wheeler, please contact our Boulder attorney, Christopher W. Jeffress, today. He can draw upon his decades of experience in personal injury law to help you pursue the maximum compensation for your damages and injuries. Contact him at Jeffress Law today by calling (303) 732-6634.
In the meantime, please review the sections below to learn more.
- Was the Truck Driver At Fault?
- Potential Damages in Truck Accident Claims
- Other Causes of Truck Accidents
- Who is At Fault?
- Relevant Colorado and Federal Laws
- Fatal Truck Accidents
- Your Free Case Evaluation
Was the Truck Driver At Fault?
Semi-trucks are so large that they can cause horrible and catastrophic injuries if you're ever involved in an accident with one. Oftentimes, these accidents are completely avoidable, but occur because of a truck driver's negligence.
Common truck accidents occur because of the following:
Truck driver disobeying traffic laws: Sometimes truck drivers disobey speed limits, regulations when they're driving in inclement weather or on a steep incline, or even disobey the rules that stipulate which lanes they're supposed to remain within.
Truck drivers trying to meet deadlines: Trucking companies and truck drivers make more money when they meet or exceed deadlines. Therefore, truck drivers may be tempted to drive too fast or overload their cargo in an attempt to get more product to their destination.
Truck driver fatigue: When a driver is trying to make a deadline, they may drive when they're far too tired to be behind the wheel. They may consume too much caffeine or anti-sleeping medications in order to keep driving, but their reaction time is affected by their exhaustion and can lead to accidents.
Poorly-trained truck drivers: Sometimes, trucking companies don't properly train their drivers because they're in a rush to get them working. This can lead to truck drivers making mistakes and causing automobile accidents.
Of course the vast majority of professional drivers are hard-working individuals whose work makes commerce possible. But as in any profession, a few bad apples can cause serious accidents. It is the drivers who diverge from standard procedure who pose the most risk. Attorney Chris Jeffress will investigate your case to determine if the driver is responsible.
Potential Damages in Truck Accident Claims
An 18-wheeler accident can lead to horrible injuries and even death. Our truck accident attorney can utilize all of his experience to help you and your family pursue compensation for all of the ways the injury has impacted your life. This compensation, when recovered in a claim, is known as "damages," and damages are meant to pay you for the way the crash has turned your life upside down.
Our lawyer will spend time with you and your family to determine exactly how your accident has affected you financially, physically, emotionally and professionally. Mr. Jeffress is the sole attorney at Jeffress Law and manages his case load to provide highly individualized, attentive services. He handles your claim from start to finish, keeping you informed every step of the way.
In a typical claim, Mr. Jeffress fights for compensation for any or all of the following:
- Damage to the vehicle
- Medical care
- Medical and hospital bills
- Prescriptions costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of employment
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Contact Jeffress Law today. Time is of the essence after a crash, and acting immediately is typically in the best interest of the injured claimant. Our attorney will make you his priority and never treats you like a number because he knows that every single case is different and equally important. Please fill out the contact form on this page or call us at (303) 732-6634. We are proud to serve clients in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and the surrounding Metro Area.
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.
Other Causes of 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 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. Our attorney will investigate your accident to identify all liable parties.
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 to secure the best possible outcome to your case.
Who is At Fault?
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
- Designers or architects of dangerous roads
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.
Relevant Colorado and Federal Laws
There are regulations at the state and federal levels that may be relevant to your claim. Mr. Jeffress is extensively familiar with these statutes. He knows how to investigate your case to determine if a regulation was violated by the driver, trucking company or other responsible party. Some of the most relevant regulations deal with:
- How many consecutive hours may be driven before a break is required
- Time off between trucking operations
- Size and weight restrictions
- Maintenance requirements
- Licensing and training requirements
If a driver or trucking company is found to have carelessly ignored a regulation, they may be accountable for your injuries and any medical bills you have incurred.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Tragically, many truck accidents can cause immediate fatalities, or injuries that prove fatal in the hours and days following. These harrowing circumstances are a burden no family should have to bear. And yet, they have affected so many families. Our attorney will fight passionately on your family's behalf. You may be entitled to wrongful death compensation for:
- Burial costs
- Funeral expenses
- End-of-life medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial contributions and other benefits
- Loss of parental guidance
Compensation allows the injured family to hold the responsible party accountable while also paying for the expenses of the death. Find out if you are eligible to file this type of claim by contacting Mr. Jeffress today.
Your Free Case Evaluation
Want to find out if you have a truck accident claim in Boulder, Colorado? For a FREE case review, please call the law firm of attorney Chris Jeffress at (303) 732-6634. You may also complete the form on this page to contact us. Mr. Jeffress is personally driven by pursuing the best possible results for his clients. Call now to see if we can help you. Get directions to our Boulder area law office from Google Maps!