While any motor vehicle accident can have disastrous consequences, large truck collisions tend to result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities at much higher rates than typical car accidents. Due to their massive size and weight, semi-trucks and big rigs often cause immense destruction when they collide with smaller, less protected vehicles on the road.
For those injured in large truck crashes, the road to recovery can be long and challenging. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. If another person or party—be it a distracted truck driver or a negligent trucking company—was to blame for the accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your current and future medical bills and lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering.
With over 60 years of combined experience, our Basalt truck accident attorneys at Klein Frank, P.C. are ready to fight for you. We provide an aggressive yet compassionate approach to personal injury litigation, working tirelessly to defend our clients’ rights and protect their best interests.
Continue reading to learn more or contact us now at (303) 448-8884 to discuss your potential case with a member of our team. We offer free, confidential consultations and case evaluations.
Determining Liability in Truck Accident Claims
One thing that makes truck accident injury claims so much more complex than other types of motor vehicle accident cases is the issue of liability. Typically, if the driver of a car, motorcycle, pickup truck, or SUV carelessly or recklessly causes an accident, that driver is also legally liable for the victim’s resulting damages. However, in truck accident cases, a negligent or reckless truck driver may not be the only—or even the primary—liable party.
Because truck accidents typically occur while the truck driver is “on the clock,” their employer may be liable under respondeat superior rules. These rules state that employers are generally liable for the conduct of their employees while those employees are carrying out work-related duties. There are some exceptions to this, and the trucking company may argue that they are not liable because the truck driver was violating company policies or acting unlawfully. This can further complicate your claim.
The first step in determining who is liable for the truck accident that caused your injuries/damages is identifying how the crash occurred. To do this, we may investigate the following:
- Was the truck driver eating, texting, using a GPS device, or otherwise distracted?
- What was the truck driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) right before the crash?
- What were the road conditions at the time, and how fast was the truck driver traveling?
- Was the truck driver fatigued? Had they violated federal or state hours-of-service regulations?
- Did the trucking company have a history of negligent hiring or supervising practices?
- Did the trucking company provide the truck driver with the proper training?
- Was the truck’s cargo properly loaded? Was the truck overloaded?
- Was the roadway properly designed and constructed or did it contain defects?
- Did the actions of any other drivers on the road contribute to or cause the crash?
During our investigation, we work to uncover exactly what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. This allows us to establish liability and build a solid case on your behalf.
Fighting for Your Maximum Recovery
Another factor that makes truck accidents so complex is the severity of victims’ injuries and the extent of their damages. Because truck accident victims often experience debilitating injuries, they typically require extensive and sometimes lifelong care. They may be unable to return to work for months or years and, in severe cases, victims may never be able to work again at all. All of this can add additional financial challenges to an already extremely stressful situation.
At Klein Frank, P.C., we understand the importance of fighting for the compensation you need now and in the future.
Our Basalt truck accident attorneys can help you seek recovery for:
- All medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income/wages and other employment benefits
- Lost future earnings/loss of earning ability
- Future medical care costs
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
We pursue all avenues of compensation on behalf of our clients and will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of the maximum recovery you are owed.
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Your time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Colorado is limited to two years from the date of the accident (in most cases). If you fail to bring your claim within the two-year statute of limitations, you could miss out on your right to recover compensation for good.
Don’t wait to get in touch with an attorney at our firm to learn how we can help you get back on your feet. At Klein Frank, P.C., we are dedicated to our core values of courage, skill, honestly, commitment, and paying it forward. Our team is here for you throughout the entire legal process, ready to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We only collect attorneys’ fees if we win your case, and there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you when you work with our firm.