Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers
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When it comes to automobile accidents, the severity of the injuries that result can range from minor pains to death. Truck accidents, unfortunately, tend to skew towards the more severe end of this spectrum given their immense size and weight.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND CAR ACCIDENTS
Truck accidents can be much more severe than a car accident involving only two passenger vehicles. This is largely because tractor-trailers can weigh up to twenty-five times more than a standard car. This added mass means that drivers of passenger vehicles often get the worse end of the bargain when it comes to injuries. However, this is not the only difference between truck and car accidents.
Typically, car accidents result from human error. Perhaps the driver was driving distracted, while under the influence, or simply not paying attention. With truck accidents, on the other hand, many more factors come into play. For one, the size of trucks makes them more difficult to maneuver. They require more distance to come to a complete stop, which means that they need to react more quickly to avoid accidents. They also have a much larger blind spot than a car, which can lead to accidents.
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In a car accident, the liable party will generally be the driver who was driving negligently. While car accident claims are certainly not simple, they can be less complex than truck accidents. Truck accident claims introduce new parties and insurance companies into the mix because most drivers are employees of a trucking company. This means that the trucking company may share in the liability, and they may have separate insurance coverage. All in all, the complexity of trucking accidents means that it is likely in your best interest to hire an experienced Colorado truck accident attorney.
HOW OFTEN DO TRUCKING ACCIDENTS OCCUR IN COLORADO?
Due to the interstates crossing the state of Colorado and the snowy mountain passes, Coloradoans are at a higher risk of being involved in a truck accident. In 2018, the most recent year for which the NHTSA has provided data, large trucks were involved in 89 fatal crashes in Colorado. This accounted for nearly 10% of all fatal crashes that occurred in the state in that year.
Fortunately, Zinda Law Group attorneys have experience dealing with the fallout from these sorts of crashes and will fight diligently to help ensure that you and your family are taken care of. We understand how trucking companies try to pay out as little as possible, and we know how to give you the best possible chance at receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT COLORADO TRUCK ACCIDENTS
How Long Will My Truck Accident Claim Take?
Many factors may impact how long the process ultimately takes. Though there is no exact answer, for those who don’t have experience in the area of personal injury law, it can take longer than expected. The more complex the case, and the more parties and insurance companies involved, the longer it may take. The entirety of the proceedings may last from a couple of months to a couple of years.
Am I Entitled to Compensation After My Truck Accident?
The short, unsatisfying answer to this question is: maybe. This depends on a lot of complex factors. Put simply, whether or not you are entitled to compensation will come down to establishing that another party is liable for your injuries. Another party may be liable when you are able to establish that they acted negligently, that is, they had an obligation to act in a certain way but failed to do so.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Because each case is unique, the amount of compensation available will vary. However, generally speaking, the more severe your injuries were, the more financial compensation you can likely ask for.
How Do I Choose the Best Attorney for My Claim?
When choosing an attorney, it is important to pick someone with experience dealing with truck accidents and the capacity to give your case the attention it deserves. Zinda Law Group’s Colorado lawyers have experience in working with truck accident claims in this state, and our selectivity in bringing on clients means we can give your case our full attention.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
First and foremost, it is important to make sure that your physical injuries are fully addressed and taken care of. Get to a medical professional as soon as possible to prevent injuries from worsening. Next, it is important to speak to a lawyer very soon after the accident. An attorney may be able to prevent you from making a mistake that could be damaging to your claim, and may help relieve you of the burden of worrying about the complicated legal process of filing a truck accident claim.
How Can I File a Truck Accident Claim in Colorado?
Filing a truck accident claim in Colorado involves several steps. First, you should hire a truck accident attorney to assist you. Your attorney will likely begin by gathering all of the relevant information about the accident, such as police reports, witness statements, street camera footage, and any other evidence to support your claim. Next, they may be able to engage in negotiations with the at-fault party or parties to try to get you the best possible settlement. Finally, if the parties involved are not able to reach a settlement agreement, then the final step may be going to trial, at which point it will again be critical to employ the help of an experienced Colorado truck accident attorney.
COLORADO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
For every type of personal injury claim, there is an associated statute of limitations, which is the legal term for how long you have from the date of your accident within which to file a claim. If you file a claim outside of that window, then your claim will likely be dismissed and you will be unable to receive any sort of compensation. The statute of limitations in Colorado for truck accident claims is three years, which means that you have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim.
There may be certain exceptions to the general statute of limitations, however. For example, if the accident victim is a minor, then the statute of limitations may be put on hold until they reach the age of majority. If an accident victim doesn’t realize that they have suffered an injury until after their accident, then the statute of limitations may not start running until the date of the discovery.
Banking on an exception to the statute of limitations, however, is not advisable. Speaking to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident is recommended to avoid running into problems with legal time limits.
WHERE DO I GET A CRASH REPORT IN COLORADO?
No matter how serious or minor your accident was, filing a crash report may help protect you. A crash report is a way to record the facts and circumstances of an accident in an official document so other parties do not attempt to make an unfounded claim at a later date. There are a few other reasons that reporting your accident is important. First, you may be required to do so under Colorado law.
Second, the damage to your vehicle or the people inside it may be worse than it appears at first glance. Do not be persuaded by truck drivers at the scene of the accident who may want to handle things between you two—it is always better to overreport than to underreport.
If you call the police to the scene of the accident, they may fill out a report there. However, even if you do not call the police to the scene, it is not too late to file a report. This can be accomplished by filling out the form from the Colorado Department of Public Safety found here and then turning it in here.
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The Zinda Law Group may help you and your family start and finish the process of recovering from your physical and financial injuries. We also believe that accident victims shouldn’t need to worry about their ability to afford legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis – you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.
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