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Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucks are some of the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road, with some reaching 80 feet in length and weighing up to 80,000 pounds. Needless to say, when a large truck is involved in an accident, victims often suffer extremely serious personal injuries.
Those injured in a truck accident may be eligible for financial compensation from the truck driver, the trucking company, or their insurance companies. By contacting a truck accident lawyer, Boulder area residents can learn more about the recovery process and their rights.
At Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C, we have extensive experience representing accident victims in truck accident claims. We also help grieving families seek justice after the loss of a loved one due to a truck driver’s negligence. Our attorneys provide each of our clients with individualized attention at every step of the process throughout your personal injury case.
Causes of Truck Accidents
In some ways, the causes of truck accidents parallel those of other motor vehicle accidents. However, certain aspects of the trucking industry create additional risks. There are also rules and regulations specific to the trucking industry that must be adhered to. The most common causes of truck accidents include the following:
Most trucking companies pay drivers according to the number of miles they travel. While this makes sense on some level, it also incentivizes truck drivers to cover as much ground as possible. To maximize their compensation, truck drivers will often stay on the road even when the signs of fatigue set in.
This places everyone on the road at risk, as studies have shown that drowsy drivers experience similar effects as those under the influence of alcohol.
To combat the risks of drowsy driving among truck drivers, the federal government imposes strict rest requirements. Truck drivers are responsible for keeping a rest log, documenting the time they spend resting and between longer trips. However, some truck drivers may falsify rest logs to appear as though they are compliant.
An experienced Boulder truck accident lawyer can help accident victims identify any red flags regarding falsified rest logs.
Truck drivers are aware of the dangers of fatigued driving. To combat the effects of fatigue or boredom, some truck drivers may rely on illegal or over-the-counter drugs. While these substances may temporarily increase a driver’s awareness, they can also affect their judgment and reaction time.
Additionally, as the effects of the drug wear off, truck drivers may experience extreme fatigue.
Large commercial vehicles rely on many complex systems working in tandem. If any system fails—due to a defective part, for example—it can result in the driver losing control of their rig. Truck drivers must conduct regular inspections of their vehicles and maintain logs of all maintenance performed to ensure that all critical components work properly and are in good repair.
- Steering mechanisms,
- Trailer hitches, and
- Underride guards.
Depending on the nature of the equipment malfunction, the manufacturer of the defective part may also be liable for an accident victim’s injuries. A truck accident lawyer will be able to investigate whether an equipment malfunction is a factor in your accident.
These are just a few of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents. Anyone injured in an accident with a semi-truck or other vehicle should reach out to a dedicated Boulder truck accident lawyer to discuss their rights.
Damages in a Boulder Truck Accident Lawsuit
Truck accidents often cause severe injuries. After an accident, victims may face long recovery periods. Hospital stays turn into follow-up doctors’ appointments and lengthy courses of physical or occupational therapy. During this time, you may not be able to work, which can add to your financial stress.
By bringing a truck accident lawsuit, you can recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages resulting from the accident. Like many states, there is no cap on the amount of economic damages an accident victim can recover.
However, for any claims arising after January 1, 2020, non-economic damages are capped at $613,760.00, unless you can prove by clear and convincing evidence that an increase is justified. If so, the maximum amount of non-economic damages available will be $1,227.530.00. Colorado’s caps on non-economic damages are adjusted for inflation every two years. For claims arising prior to January 1, 2020, the caps are lower.
Economic and non-economic damages in a truck accident lawsuit may include:
- Medical bills,
- Future medical expenses,
- Rehabilitation costs,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
By contacting a dedicated commercial truck accident lawyer, Boulder residents can identify the full extent of their damages. That way, you know what to expect through the negotiation process, ensuring that the insurance company isn’t able to take advantage of you.
Contact a Compassionate Boulder 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney at Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover
If you or a loved one recently suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover is here to help. Our lawyers have more than 90 years of experience successfully obtaining fair compensation for our injured clients. We take as much time as necessary to understand the impact that the accident had on your life.
To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with a Boulder truck accident attorney, give Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover a call at 303-447-1144 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.
We represent clients throughout Boulder and the surrounding areas. And because we accept all truck accident cases on a contingency basis, we will not ask you to pay for any of our legal services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.