All truck accident claims need a thorough investigation, the opinions of expert witnesses, and creative use of the discovery process. It's important to look into the accident scene as soon as possible. The truck company will send its own investigators to the scene of the accident as soon as it hears about it – sometimes arriving before first responders. You need someone who will do the same for you.
The investigators who work for Metier Law Firm are quick to get to the scene of an accident and, more importantly, will protect crucial evidence. At the scene of the accident, our team will comb the area for any evidence, take notes on skid marks, broken glass, and oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains. Our investigators will also get police reports, records from the trucking company, statements from witnesses, photos, and safety logs. We will protect the big rig's "black box," which has important information about it in addition to protecting any physical evidence on the truck itself.
Time is the most important factor in many cases as evidence can disappear quickly and permanently without the intervention of an experienced attorney
How are truck crashes different from car accidents?
Crashes involving semi-trucks or tractor trailers are very different from those with passenger vehicles only. There’s the obvious drastic size difference—an 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 20 times heavier than a passenger car—but truck drivers have to follow federal rules far stricter than those that other drivers don't have to. Truck drivers, for example, can't drive for more than 11 hours after taking 10 hours off in a row. But many of them feel pressured to break this rule because the trucking company will give them a bonus for meeting a deadline or face consequences for missing it.
Other ways truck crashes are different than car accident:
Truck accidents can be devastating and are much more complicated than car accidents. This is why you should always talk to a Fort Collins commercial truck accident lawyer with the experience, knowledge, and track record to protect your claim and fight for your rights.
First, you need a Colorado truck accident lawyer who has a lot of experience with cases involving semi crashes. The legal team fighting against you will have experience fighting to pay injured people as little as possible, so you need a team of truck accident attorneys with experience fighting to get injured people the highest settlements and verdicts possible.
Second, you need a lawyer who has a lot of experience with these cases. They will know how to find each liable party which unveils new layers of insurance, so you can get the money you deserve. They’ll also know how to protect and preserve all of the evidence to prove your injuries came from the actions of the truck driver and trucking company.
Third, you need a law firm that is big enough to handle trucking cases, both in personnel and financially. These cases are much more expensive, time-consuming, and resource-intensive than other types of cases.
Fourth, you need a lawyer who works in the area where your accident happened. That local knowledge can be very important if you want your case to go well.
Lastly, find a truck accident attorney who teaches other attorneys how to litigate truck accident cases or co-counsels with other attorneys on their truck crash lawsuits. If other attorneys seek out a specific attorney or law firm when they want the largest settlement or verdict for a client, then you should consider hiring them too.
Even though the truck driver may have been in control of the truck that caused your crash, the truck company will also share the blame.
Truck accidents are more likely when the driver makes a mistake and the company doesn't follow its own rules. Here are the five most common causes of truck accidents that can be stopped:
1. Driver Fatigue
This is the main reason why trucks crash. When drivers skip their required breaks, they put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. They are usually pushed to do this by tight deadlines, busy schedules, and pressure from their bosses to meet delivery dates or get fired.
2. Distracted Driving
Long stretches of flat land and empty road can be found in states such as Wyoming and New Mexico. The CB used to be a way for truck drivers to pass the time by talking to each other. In the last twenty years, new gadgets have come out that are even more interesting.
Drivers can be distracted by their phones, tablets, apps, social media, and other tech. Because of this, federal rules state that drivers can't text or use a cell phone or smartphone while driving a commercial motor vehicle.
3. Tires with too little air
Tires need to be checked all the time, both by the people who take care of the truck's maintenance and by the drivers themselves. Tires that aren't inflated enough wear out faster and can eventually damage their casings and burst if they aren't inflated enough. When a tire blows out, pieces of rubber can fly off and hit other cars, making them spin out of control. This can cause a major accident particularly for motorcycle riders.
4. Mechanical Failures
When brakes and other important parts of a truck wear down, it can be dangerous on the road. If the truck's brakes fail, the driver won’t be able to stop the big rig, doing a lot of damage and hurting a lot of people if passenger cars are in its path. These systems are supposed to be checked often.
5. Cargo Not Loaded Correctly
The truck's driver and whoever is in charge of it must make sure that it is loaded safely and properly. If this doesn't happen, the cargo could move while the truck is moving, causing the driver to lose control and cause a serious accident.
This isn’t a full list of preventable causes, but all of these things can be avoided if the driver and the company they work for are careful, alert, and do their jobs well. In fact, it is up to the government to set up the rules and ways to enforce them that will keep everyone safe on the road.
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