Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Lawyer

With over 15 million trucks traversing America’s highways, catastrophic trucking accidents are far too common, and it takes just one distracted, drowsy or overworked truck driver to change your life in a matter of seconds. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a truck, retaining a Denver truck accident lawyer with the experience, resources, and capital to pursue your case is critical. With decades of experience and a rich history of successful representation and advocacy for truck accident victims, we can be that ally for you and your family.  

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Experience That Matters

Chalat Law: Why Choose Us

  • No case is ever the same. We develop a unique strategy with a tailored, individualized approach to every case we handle to reach the best outcomes for our clients and their families. 
  • Our Denver truck accident attorneys have decades of experience successfully representing trucking collision victims. We know how to win; our settlements and verdicts total in the tens of millions of dollars. 
  • Unlike other large “settlement mill” firms, our lawyers are your point of contact. You will receive hands-on case management and can always expect a direct line of communication. We want our clients to understand what we are doing on their behalf, from the start to the very end.  
  • When you entrust us with your legal matters, your recovery and future are always our priority. We treat our clients like family and to us, you are never a mere case number.  
Personal injury attorneys and truck accident lawyers of Chalat Hatten Banker.

Why You Need a Denver Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking accident claims in Colorado are complex, complicated, and expensive; they are not simply car accidents involving bigger vehicles. Firstly, truck drivers are often insured in the millions. Secondly, truck accidents involve not only the truck driver but also the employer and the employer’s liability insurance carrier. Your claim might also involve various third parties such as the truck’s manufacturer, a maintenance provider, or the drivers of other vehicles involved in the accident. This means that multiple companies could be responsible for your injuries, further complicating the legal process. An experienced truck accident lawyer will know how to determine all liable parties. And, as a result, will be able to recover all compensation for which you are entitled. 

Successfully negotiating compensation with one party is difficult enough. So, if more than one party is liable for the accident, you will need to negotiate with multiple parties simultaneously. A good truck accident attorney has the knowhow and experience negotiating with multiple insurers simultaneously. 

Because semi-trucks and other transport trucks can outweigh passenger vehicles by 20 times or more, the force of the impact is far greater. Consequently, the accident is far more likely to cause death or catastrophic injuries that require long-term treatment. A personal injury attorney with a successful history with Colorado truck collision claims knows how to assess the full extent of your losses and fight for the compensation you deserve. 

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In addition, most truck companies are large international conglomerates. They have legal teams of highly paid lawyers who come from the best insurance defense law firms in the nation. And their job is to avoid having to pay for damages, especially catastrophic cases. This is why you need a truck accident lawyer with the resources, experience, patience, and skill to fight and win against these defense teams. 

Colorado Semi-Truck Accidents:
Contributing Factors & Common Causes

Just like all vehicle operators, truck drivers have the duty and responsibility to follow all traffic laws, abide by industry rules and regulations, and behave safely on roadways. Unfortunately, trucking accidents in Colorado are often a result of driver negligence. Other factors such as maintenance issues and roadway conditions also cause trucking accidents.

Contributing Factors

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA),
the most common contributing factors of truck accidents include:

  • Brake problems;
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash);
  • Prescription drug use;
  • Traveling too fast for conditions (such as weather);
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway;
  • Roadway problems;
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk);
  • Over-the-counter drug use;
  • Inadequate surveillance;
  • Fatigue

In addition, other common factors that lead truck crashes include: distracted driving, alcohol/drug impairment, speeding, failure to obey traffic rules, poor judgement, lack of experience, and overloading or improperly loading cargo trucks.

Common Causes

Below are some of the reasons large commercial trucks pose more dangers on the road than passenger vehicles.

  • Due to their size and weight, trucks cannot slow down or stop as fast, so cars are often hit at higher speeds. This increases the probability of serious injuries.
  • Also due to size and weight, semi-trucks lack maneuverability and agility. Tractor-trailers cannot turn or move easily in and out of tight spaces and lanes to avoid crashing.
  • The height of transport vehicles also poses threats. Override or underride accidents can happen when a vehicle becomes trapped or wedged beneath a tractor-trailer from either the sides or the rear of the truck or when a car is run over by a large commercial truck. 
  • Trucks are top heavy and more prone to rolling over.
  • Tanker trucks that transport flammable or hazardous materials can result in a deadly explosion if a collision occurs

Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?

Large trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers are all considered Commercial Motor Vehicles, or CMVs. CMVs and their drivers, owners and operators are governed by state law and by extensive safety regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA regulations govern the standards of care, maintenance, inspection, operation and licensing of CMV drivers. 

Due to the highly regulated trucking industry, many parties are involved. This means means a combination of parties could be held liable for a trucking accident in Colorado. A big rig accident could implicate the following parties: 

  • Truck driver; 
  • Trucking company;
  • Maintenance provider; 
  • Truck manufacturer; 
  • Cargo loader, or any other entity along the truck’s supply chain; 
  • Government

We have extensive experience in pursuing claims against fractured/divided ownership, authority, lease relationships and the complex insurance coverage such arrangements produce.

Damages in Trucking Accidents

A collision with a tractor trailer is more serious than a fender bender with a sedan, or an economy/hybrid. As a result, trucking accidents commonly cause devastating injuries or a fatality.    

Extensive injuries compound the challenge of a strong recovery. We have handled hundreds of cases involving serious orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury and traumatic amputations. Because of our experience, we ask the right questions of the care providers to fully develop the damages picture, both economic losses and non-economic harm, such as pain and suffering or permanent impairment. 

What to Do After a Truck Accident in Colorado

As with any motor vehicle accident, it is important to be prepared and know what to do following a collision with a truck. The steps you take can impact your ability to sue and will help ensure you receive proper compensation for the damages and injuries you sustained. Follow these steps if you were in a semi-truck wreck in Colorado: 

  1. Make sure you are safe. It is ok to move your vehicle to the side of the road if you are in danger of other traffic accidents.
  2. Call the police and seek medical attention.
  3. Take photos of the truck accident scene, including your vehicle, the truck, your injuries, damage to the road or property near the accident.
  4. Obtain information from the other parties involved: name, trucking company, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance information, address and phone number. 
  5. Obtain information from witnesses to the truck crash.
  6. Be honest with the police, but avoid admitting fault for the accident and be careful not to say anything that may implicate you later.
  7. Go to the doctor and make sure to follow your doctor’s follow up care instructions.
  8. Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer.

The Work We Do in Truck Accident Cases

As with all cases we handle, when we’re hired to represent you in a commercial trucking accident case, we prepare the claim as if we will go to trial. First, we obtain the data from the driver’s logbook, the truck’s black box and ECM records. We also immediately send experts to investigate the scene of the accident, including the vehicles involved in the truck crash.

Since our attorneys have handled many commercial trucking cases in the past, we have strong relationships with witnesses and investigators ready to prove your case. This can be incredibly advantageous when it comes to receiving the full and fair value of your case. We consult with our client’s treating doctors and as well as our medical experts to determine the severity of our client’s injuries, and the cost and frequency of medical care our clients will require in the future.

After determining how the crash occurred, the effect the crash had, and will continue to have, on our client’s health and future earning potential, we work with our experts to determine what the truck driver could and should have done to avoid the crash. We then assess and evaluate the total amount of compensation needed to ensure that our clients are able to care and provide for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.

If the involved parties refuse to offer an appropriate settlement, we will take the case to trial.

Recent Settlements & Verdicts

$600 k

for family hit head-on

$1.2 million

for wrongful death claim

Trusted Civil Attorneys

The personal injury attorneys at Chalat Hatten & Banker understand the devastation following a trucking accident. For over 30 years, we’ve protected the rights of victims and will fight to do the same for you. Ready to speak with us? We’re ready to listen. Contact our Denver truck accident law firm for a free consultation.

How This Works

Every case begins with a story and we want to hear yours. Call and you will reach a partner of the firm, probably the one who will handle your matter. We will answer your questions, explain the legal basis for a possible claim and how we can help.

A careful case review will be performed by your lawyer to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  Then the conclusions of this review are presented to you in a thorough, understandable manner.

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