Injured In A Colorado Truck Accident?Get the help you need today.
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If you’ve been injured in a truck accident or any other type of auto accident in Colorado, you can contact me for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911, or by filling out the form on the right.
I’ve handled thousands of truck accident and personal injury cases. I’ve seen a case just like yours, and I can help you through it!
Whether you’re a commercial truck driver or a fellow motorist on the road, it’s important to be aware of the leading causes of truck accidents and what all drivers can do to prevent them.
Injured in a truck accident in Colorado?
Get the facts you need to know…
If you have survived an accident with a large commercial truck, now you need to survive the legal aftermath to recover damages. Here are answers to some of the important questions you probably have.
What Is the First Thing I Should Do If I Am Involved in an Accident With a Truck?
If I’m Injured in a Truck Accident Caused by the Truck, Who Is Liable?
What If the Accident Happened at Least Partly Because of Bad Weather Conditions?
What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
- Fatigue, excessive speed to meet tight deadlines, equipment failure, mountain road conditions, overloading or improper loading, inclement weather, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescribed medications, and distracted driving (texting).
- The cargo being hauled can also cause accidents, including hazardous or flammable materials, oil spills, and chemical releases.
But not all truck accidents are caused by the truck driver. Lawcore.com reports that the majority of truck accidents are actually caused by errors on the part of those who drive smaller vehicles.
Smaller vehicle errors include:
- Driving in the blind spots of the trucks, cutting into a lane directly in front of a truck, following a truck too closely, trying to pass a truck on the wrong side of the road, abandoning a stalled car in the middle of a traffic lane instead of the shoulder of the road, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.
How Is an Accident Involving a Truck Different From a Typical Automobile Accident?
What Are the Unique Responsibilities of Truck Drivers on the Road?
Truck Accidents on the Rise: Disturbing Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,067 Americans died in traffic accidents involving large trucks in 2015, up 4.1 percent from 2014. In Colorado, 64 drivers were killed in collisions involving trucks in the same year.
Other national statistics that drivers may find surprising include:
- 68 percent of all fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas, not cities.
- Two-thirds of all fatal truck accidents happen during the day as opposed to at night.
- Fatal truck accidents occurred more often on weekends.
Laws That Impact the Trucking Industry
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2012 requires truck operators to use electric onboard recorders (EOBRs) to help deal with driver fatigue, implements higher fines for carriers that continue to operate illegally after being shut down for safety violations, and sets up a clearinghouse of alcohol and controlled substance test records of drivers.
Beginning in January 2012, a federal law was put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration with prohibitive restrictions for truckers, including:
- Texting, dialing, and even holding a phone while operating a truck, but allowing drivers to use hands-free mobile devices requiring only a single touch.
Operators who violate this law may face over $2000 in fines and the loss of their license. According to an ABC7.com report, the law came as a response to an accident involving a truck driver who was using his cell phone when he caused an accident that killed 11 people in Kentucky in 2011.
Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a crash involving a large truck, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen online or call (303) 454-8000 today.
Colorado Truck Accident Resources
Overcoming from a truck accident injury is overwhelming enough. Navigating the legal process doesn’t have to be. We’re here to guide you every step of the way.