In a truck accident, there may be a multitude of reasons that the truck accident occurred.
Some of the more common causes of trucking accidents include:
Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
Poorly maintained brakes on the truck
Driving in conditions of poor visibility
Truck driver inexperience
Aggressive driving behavior
Truck driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
Driving the truck in bad weather conditions
Dangerous or reckless driving
Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices
First you must realize you are not negotiating on level ground when dealing with a trucking company after an accident. Most trucking companies are highly skilled at auto truck accident investigation and claims practice. These adjusters represent the trucking company, not you. Do not give any statement or sign any releases for medical records or employment records.
Yes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes rules and regulations for commercial motor vehicles and the companies who operate these vehicles. This is their attempt to make the interstate highways safer.
Anyone who is injured or has had a loved one killed in a truck accident can sue as long as some other person or entity is at fault for the accident.
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Any person or entity who was at fault for causing the accident can be sued. This includes the driver and the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the shipper, as well as any other driver, person or entity who in any way contributed to the accident.
Yes. It is critical. If the truck was commercially owned, in most situations large trucking companies will perform their own investigation immediately after the accident. This puts you at a disadvantage. It is important that you retain an attorney who immediately investigates the case to preserve evident before it is destroyed and pin down liability on any potential at-fault defendants.
Each state has different laws pertaining to the time-frame in which to file a lawsuit. Some states require a lawsuit to be filed within two years of an accident. Other states have shorter time periods while some have longer time periods.
Yes. Unless you have a very minor injury, which is rare in accidents involving trucks, you need an attorney to secure vital evidence before it is destroyed and to establish liability against any potential defendants and help maximize your damage recovery.
Truck driver documentation is tightly regulated. The paperwork that truck drivers and their employer must maintain is very useful in determining if the driver of a truck was negligent. Materials most useful in determining the conduct of a truck operator include:
- Copy of driver's license
- Truck inspection report
- Tractor-trailer maintenance records
- Truck driver personnel and employment record
- Truck driver log six months prior to the accident
- Truck driver log the day of the accident
- Dispatch tickets and routing instructions
- Toll and delivery receipts
- Weight bills and scale receipts
- Repair bills
- Gas receipts
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, contact a Colorado Truck accident attorney, we represent clients in Fort Collins, Colorado and surrounding area. The Savela Law Firm, P.C. Give us a call at (720) 260-7392 or complete our inquiry form.