Denver Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Tractor-trailers, also called “big rigs” and “18-wheelers,” are responsible for transporting billions of dollars’ worth of goods all over the United States each year. Semi-trucks drive millions of miles to pick up and deliver goods to businesses all over the country. While most drivers are aware of these large vehicles, it’s vital for every driver to understand the dangers these extremely large and heavy vehicles can pose to everyone on the road. A semi-truck accident can cause devastating injuries and property damage. Due to their size, it’s not uncommon for a truck accident to affect multiple lanes of traffic and cause injuries and damage to multiple drivers and their vehicles.
At Bryan & Terrill, Our Denver accident attorneys understand the value tractor-trailers and truck drivers provide to the American economy, but we also know the damage these vehicles can cause when negligent drivers, defective vehicle parts, faulty maintenance, and poorly secured cargo come into play. If you have suffered injuries or other losses due to a tractor-trailer accident in the Denver area, it’s vital to know your options for legal recourse.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen for several reasons, including:
- Driver error. Truck drivers have demanding work schedules, and some of them unfortunately choose to drive at unsafe speeds, or under the influence of drugs and alcohol, or without proper rest. When these things happen, truck drivers endanger all of the other motorists on the road.
- Faulty truck parts. Tractor-trailer and parts manufacturers must ensure their products perform as advertised. If a defective part is found to be the cause of a crash, injured plaintiffs may need to pursue product liability claims against the manufacturer.
- Poor maintenance. Trucks spend more time on the road than most other vehicles, and as such they require more extensive regular maintenance. If a truck maintenance technician fails to adequately service a vehicle and causes an accident, the trucking company will likely incur liability for the resulting damages.
- Road hazards. Tractor-trailers are exponentially heavier and larger than other vehicles, making them less maneuverable. These large vehicles also require more distance to stop, especially when travelling at higher speeds. When damaged roads or road hazards cause accidents, injured plaintiffs may need to sue the public office responsible for maintaining the road.
- Improperly secured cargo. When a tractor-trailer’s cargo load is imbalanced, a sharp turn could cause a rollover accident. Additionally, some types of cargo like concrete piping, lumber, construction materials, or smaller vehicles, require special security fixtures. Trucking companies must ensure their vehicles’ loads are property secured and balanced before every trip.
Suing for Damages
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries and other losses due to any type of tractor-trailer accident, the right attorney can help you secure compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income from time missed from work due to injury. The lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law have extensive experience handling all types of personal injury and product liability claims, so reach out to our office if you’d like to discuss your case. If you believe you have a claim, our attorneys can let you know what to expect from a lawsuit.