When you’re in an accident involving a semi-truck, the results can be devastating. Commercial trucks often carry heavy loads—sometimes with hazardous materials—that can cause considerable damage and injuries for victims.

If you were hurt in a trucking accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries and suffering. Our Colorado truck accident lawyers have the skills and experience you need to get justice and are ready to fight for you.

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What Is a Truck Accident Claim?

A truck accident claim is a legal process to determine who is at fault for a truck accident. The legal system decides who should pay damages for the accident and what they should pay. Victims who believe they deserve compensation bring the claim to ask for an award of financial payment for injuries and pain and suffering.

Remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Having a semi-truck accident lawyer on your side can help you get the maximum settlement for your claim. The attorneys at Bachus & Schanker are taking new cases now.

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How Can Our Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers Help?

The Denver truck accident lawyers at Bachus & Schanker are dedicated to helping injured individuals exercise their rights and receive the compensation they deserve.

We provide complete support and legal representation to successfully bring your claim, including:

  • Investigating
  • Documentation
  • Valuation of damages
  • Claims processing
  • Settlement negotiation

After any vehicle accident, you should never let the insurance companies intimidate you into accepting less than you deserve. Let us handle your legal claim so you can focus on healing.

What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)1, driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents, accounting for 87% of crashes. Vehicle defects account for another 10% of crashes. Environmental factors lead to 3% of truck crashes.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Weather
  • Heavy, unsecured load, debris
  • Drunk driving, driving under the influence
  • Failing to yield; improper lane change
  • Careless driving, reckless driving
  • Texting while driving; distracted driving
  • Inadequate sleep, fatigue
  • Poor training to drive a large truck
  • Running a stop sign or stoplight
  • Vehicle manufacturing defect
  • Failing to maintain the truck in a safe condition

Most crashes can be traced to negligence or driving error. Big rig drivers are at a high risk of fatigue because of long hours on the road. However, federal regulations2 limit drive time for truck drivers to prevent distracted driving and potential tractor-trailer or semi-truck accidents.

A victim who suffers injury due to the accident may claim financial compensation for their damages. Call us at (303) 222-2222 today to get started.

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What Should You Do Following a Truck Accident?

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Following a truck accident, you should:

  1. Make sure you’re out of harm’s way. Move off the roadway.
  2. Call 911 – Injuries may be severe even if you don’t realize it yet.
  3. Check on others, help with first aid until someone with more experience can take over.
  4. Receive medical attention for your injuries.
  5. Take photographs and video – Record the accident scene, damage to the vehicle, debris, and injuries.
  6. Get the information for the other driver, including name, address, phone number, license plate, and vehicle information. Get their insurance policy information and their employer details.
  7. Record names, addresses, and phone numbers for other witnesses
  8. Don’t admit fault or say too much at the accident scene. You don’t have all the information just yet.
  9. Continue to receive medical care as directed.

Victims should also speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A commercial truck accident lawyer can take over right away with reporting the accident to insurance, providing information, and starting your claim.

What Are Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries? 

Common truck accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury/Concussion
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Whiplash
  • Organ damage/Internal injuries/Seat belt injuries
  • Cuts/Lacerations
  • Bruising/Rib damage
  • Wrongful death

Truck accident injuries are different than car accident injuries in their severity. Standard passenger motor vehicles are no match for multi-ton semi-trucks, big rigs, or trailer sway accidents

Truck drivers may have limited visibility to see and take evasive action to dangers on the road. The result may be crashes that involve more weight and higher speeds than car accidents.

What Damages Can You Recover in Truck Accident Cases?

Damages that you can recover in a truck accident case include:

  • Medical bills
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical devices
  • Mental health care
  • Burial expenses
  • Lost income, short-term and long-term losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Costs for hiring help around the house
  • Vehicle and other personal property damage
  • Punitive damages (in some cases)

The damages that a victim receives reflect their individual losses, including economic and non-economic damages.

Financial losses are bills, lost income, and property damage because of the accident. Pain and suffering compensation depends on the severity of injuries. To receive damages, the victim must identify and value them, then make a legal claim.

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Who Is Responsible for a Commercial Truck Accident?

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The truck driver may be responsible for a commercial truck accident. But they aren’t the only party that may be liable to pay damages. Others who may be held accountable for the truck crash may include:

  • The truck driver’s employer
  • The trucking company that owns the truck
  • The vehicle manufacturer
  • The government entity responsible for designing and maintaining the road

Fault can be a complex question. Don’t make assumptions about liability or your right to a financial recovery without speaking to a Denver truck accident attorney. Let our team help you fully investigate to see who is at fault and determine the best path to claiming monetary compensation.

Why Work With Bachus & Schanker?

The Bachus & Schanker legal team in Colorado was founded with the principle that everyone deserves competent legal representation when they’re injured. Becoming the victim of an accident may be the first or one of the only contact you’ve had with the legal system. You may not even know where to begin.

After a trucking accident, we know you have questions: How will I pay my bills? Can I sue the responsible party? Is there a truck accident lawyer near me I can trust?

We’ve built our entire law firm to help people like you. It’s our goal to handle everything that needs to be done for you to receive the financial compensation you deserve. Our attorneys specialize in truck accident claims, and we have the resources to fight for justice for you.

Free Consultation – Colorado Truck Accident Attorneys

With multiple offices located across Colorado, our attorneys are ready to serve you and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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1Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The Large Truck Crash Causation Study – Analysis Brief. Publication No. FMCSA-RRA-07-017. Retrieved 12 December 2021.

2Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Summary of Hours of Service Regulations. Retrieved 12 December 2021.

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