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Boulder Truck Accident Lawyer

Commercial truck accidents often leave their victims facing devastating injuries, enormous medical bills, and total property losses. In the worst cases, families must mourn the loss of a loved one. At Dormer Harpring, our Colorado personal injury attorneys care about your recovery and future well-being.

Our Boulder truck accident lawyers gladly offer:

  • Personalized, responsive services with custom legal solutions
  • Access to medical care or other essential victim services
  • Trustworthy legal representation you can rely on

Hiring Dormer Harpring allows you to seek compensation and justice after a truck accident injury. Call and schedule your complimentary consultation to meet with one of our truck accident attorneys.

How Can a Boulder Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Negotiating a truck accident claim or litigating a truck accident lawsuit is different than dealing with a car accident. With a car accident proving fault and determining liability are straightforward tasks. This is not true with commercial truck accidents.

A skilled commercial truck accident attorney is experienced in handling the complexities of truck accidents, including:

  • Collecting evidence from the accident such as the truck’s black box, driver cell phone records, truck maintenance, and safety record, driver logs, and company training records
  • Hiring expert witnesses like medical experts and accident reconstructionists to review the evidence and testify if needed
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Assessing your medical and financial damages to calculate an appropriate amount of compensation for current and future needs
  • Settling your claim in negotiations or proceeding with a lawsuit

It is imperative to speak with us immediately following your truck accident. This allows our lawyers to begin building your truck accident claim. The sooner we start your claim, the faster we can request damages on your behalf.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

There are numerous causes of truck accidents in the Boulder area. For instance, many commercial truck drivers must keep tight schedules to deliver their loads on time. This can cause driver fatigue and pressure to speed or neglect scheduled maintenance.

Other reasons for commercial truck accidents are:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Truck defects or defective truck parts
  • Improperly performed maintenance
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Cargo that is overweight
  • Speeding
  • Not checking blind spots
  • Poorly trained truck drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to follow traffic signals

Unlike passenger vehicles, commercial trucks operate under federal guidelines, and multiple parties share the responsibility for keeping commercial trucking underway and commercial truck drivers on the road. Liability in a truck accident may rest upon one or many of the following:

  • The truck driver
  • Another driver on the road
  • The trucking company that employed the driver
  • Someone who maintained or repaired the truck
  • The manufacturer of the truck or the truck’s parts

After a truck accident in Boulder, you will need to determine liability before you file an insurance claim. This is because Colorado is a fault-based car insurance state, where the driver or party at fault for the collision will be liable, or financially responsible. After a truck accident, and only if it is safe, write down or take photos of the truck driver’s personal information, company information, and insurance information for future reference. This can help you establish liability later.

Truck Accident Injuries

While truck accident injuries vary, they are nearly always severe. Truck accidents regularly prevent victims from reassuming their lives and can include the following:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal organ damage
  • Death

Compensation in a truck accident depends upon the kind of injuries the victim received and the extent of those injuries. To learn more about compensation in a truck accident claim or filing a truck accident lawsuit, contact our firm today.

What Makes a Truck Accident Lawsuit Unique?

Truck accident lawsuits are not the same as typical car accident lawsuits. As an injured truck accident victim, you may wish to give your case to an attorney for the best possible results. An attorney will understand how to navigate all of the unique issues related to a commercial truck accident, including:

  • Catastrophic injuries. Truck injury claims are often worth more money than standard passenger vehicle accidents due to the seriousness of the injuries involved. It is important not to settle your claim until you confirm the fairness of the offer.
  • Federal trucking laws. A truck accident lawsuit involves laws that only apply to motor carriers, such as hours-of-service restrictions for truck drivers. An attorney will understand these laws and how they impact your case.
  • The size of the adversary. A trucking company presents a strong and formidable defendant in a personal injury claim, with a powerful insurance company and aggressive lawyers. Level the playing field by hiring an attorney of your own.

A Boulder truck accident lawyer from Dormer Harpring can help you navigate all of the unique aspects of your truck accident case. We understand how these cases work and will use years of experience to help you move forward.

Truck Accident Cases Have Time-Sensitive Evidence

Another key reason to hire a truck accident lawyer is for assistance in preserving and collecting evidence. The trucking company will send a rapid response team with investigators and crash analysts to the scene of the collision right away – even before the police arrive. Although the rapid response team is supposed to be impartial, it works for the trucking company. It may attempt to collect evidence and even alter the scene before you have a chance to investigate.

Contacting a truck accident lawyer right away can enable you to protect time-sensitive evidence from the start, including:

  • The driver’s logbook or electronic logging records
  • Video surveillance footage from traffic cameras
  • Footage from the inside the cab of the truck
  • Photographs of the scene of the crash before it is cleaned up
  • Data from the truck’s black box
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Employment and maintenance records from the truck company
  • Cell phone records
  • Drug and alcohol test results

If you wait too long to speak to an attorney, some of this evidence may no longer be viable or available. Waiting too long to obtain signed witness statements, for example, could weaken their credibility, as memories of the accident will fade over time. An attorney can make phone calls, file letters of spoilation and take other steps to ensure the protection of key evidence.

Should You Speak to an Insurance Company?

It is wise to speak to a truck accident attorney before you talk to an insurance company about your accident. You can trust the advice and information you receive from a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can help you communicate with an insurance company in a way that will not hurt your case.

For example, your lawyer may recommend not giving the insurance company a recorded statement about the truck accident. A recorded statement is a common tactic used to take advantage of claimants. You should also avoid signing anything given to you by the insurance company without first sending it to an attorney.

Finally, you shouldn’t say yes to the first settlement offered, as it may not adequately reimburse you for your injuries and losses. A truck accident lawyer in Boulder can take over communications with an insurance claims adjuster on your behalf to negotiate for fair and full financial compensation.

Let a Boulder Truck Accident Attorney Assist You with Your Claim

Truck accident cases are difficult to pursue and difficult to win, but at Dormer Harpring, we are Tough Lawyers for Tough Cases. Speak with one of our Boulder personal injury attorneys in a free consultation. Contact us by calling (303) 747-4404 or fill out our convenient online contact form.