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Denver Truck Accident Lawyers

If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, call the Denver truck accident attorneys at Dormer Harpring. Truck accidents are catastrophic events requiring personal service, compassionate support, and the kind of unique representation that Dormer Harpring prides itself on providing.

Our Denver truck accident lawyers dedicate themselves to victim recovery. We encourage you and your loved ones to explore the general truck accident information offered on our site and feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns about your truck accident claim.

You have medical and financial options following a truck accident. Our experienced truck accident lawyers will help you explore those in detail through:

  • Ensuring your access to medical care and other crucial needed services
  • Meeting with you in your preferred settings when possible
  • Promptly answering your calls, texts, and emails
  • Offering contingency fee and cost advancement options

Dormer Harpring is ready, willing, and able to assist you today. You can reach us by calling (303) 747-4404 or completing the contact form on this page.

Denver Truck Accident Resources

How a Denver Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

After a truck accident, victims often question whether they need an attorney. For many truck accident victims who are serious about their recoveries, the answer is “yes.”

Retaining a lawyer can make all the difference in the strength and success of your case. Our Denver truck accident attorneys have the skills and experience to resolve truck accident cases successfully. We work tirelessly to assist our clients in securing a full and just amount of compensation for their injuries.

It is ideal to contact us immediately following your accident. This allows our attorneys to begin collecting time-sensitive evidence that may prove fault for your accident, such as:

  • The driver’s logbook
  • Traffic camera footage
  • Results of drug and alcohol testing
  • Witness statements

Our lawyers will also:

  • Assess your claim and determine an appropriate compensation amount
  • Ease your mind by guiding you through the claims process and legal system
  • Review any settlement offers to ensure your compensation is enough for current and future medical and financial accident-related needs
  • Handle all communications with the trucking company
  • Represent you in negotiations with the insurance company
  • File a lawsuit and proceed to trial on your behalf if necessary
  • Allow you to focus on your recovery

Contacting a truck accident lawyer soon rather than later is beneficial to you. You will receive the legal support you need, and you will move forward towards recovery. Call or contact Dormer Harpring today and schedule your free consultation to learn more about the services we can provide you.

Types of Truck Accidents

There are several reasons for truck accidents. Regardless of their cause, all truck accidents are potentially deadly and dangerous to others both in the crash and in the immediate vicinity. The following are the most common types of truck accidents:

  • Jackknife accidents. A jackknife accident happens when a tractor trailer’s cab and trailer come together to form a “V” shape, nearly bending the truck in half
  • Rear-end accidents. Commercial trucks are prone to rear-end other vehicles as they are heavy and difficult to stop
  • Underride accidents. An underride accident occurs when a vehicle driving behind a commercial truck runs into the back of the truck and slides underneath the truck
  • Rollover accidents. A rollover accident is when a truck rolls over onto its side and often slides a considerable distance
  • Blindspot accidents. Commercial trucks have a blind spot at the rear and sides of the truck, making other vehicles challenging to see, and trucks can collide with these vehicles

None of the above truck accidents is the same as a car accident. There are a vast size and weight difference involved, and multiple parties may face liability. An experienced truck accident attorney is invaluable in helping to determine all the liable parties in a truck accident as well as all possible sources of recovery for the accident victims.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

The mistakes and careless actions of truck drivers cause a high proportion of truck accidents. These are not the only issues, however, that cause truck crashes. Actions of the following parties can also contribute to trucking accidents:

  • Trucking companies
  • Manufacturers of trucking equipment or parts
  • Manufacturers of trucks
  • Mechanics or maintenance technicians
  • Cargo loaders
  • Shippers
  • Transporters
  • Other drivers
  • Government agencies and contractors

Victims can make multiple liability claims for a truck accident. The victim’s attorney must perform a full investigation of any truck accident before a settlement offer is accepted. Otherwise, a claim may settle for far less than its actual value.

What Makes a Truck Accident Different From a Car Accident?

A collision with a commercial truck is not the same as one with the average automobile. Truck accident cases have unique considerations, including different laws and types of evidence available. A Denver truck accident lawyer can walk you through all of the ways in which your case may differ, such as:

  • Federal trucking laws. Truck companies and their drivers have to obey federal safety rules, such as cargo securement requirements and hours-of-service regulations. Breaking these laws can contribute to truck accidents and make the truck company liable.
  • The size of the adversary. Trucking companies are powerful adversaries in accident lawsuits, making it even more important to have an attorney represent you.
  • Rapid response teams. Many truck companies deploy rapid response teams to immediately visit the scene of an accident and collect evidence. These teams typically consist of defense attorneys and investigators.
  • Unique types of evidence. The average truck accident involves evidence such as the truck’s black box, electronic logging devices, employment records, driving histories, truck inspection reports and company compliance records.

No matter what unique elements your truck accident case entails, an attorney in Denver can help you fight for the best possible outcome. A lawyer will frame your argument based on the specific details of your accident.

Commercial Truck Rules and Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) governs commercial truck driving and drivers through a set of federal rules and regulations intended to prevent truck accidents, injuries, and deaths. Transportation companies and commercial truck drivers are required to follow these mandates.

FMCSA rules and regulations include the following:

  • Hours of service regulations requiring drivers to take regular breaks while on duty
  • Driver drug and alcohol testing
  • Maintenance, inspection, and repair requirements for commercial vehicles
  • Minimum insurance requirements
  • Minimum driver requirements
  • Forbids the use of handheld mobile phones

When truck drivers and their companies violate FMCSA policies, they open themselves to legal liability for truck accidents.

Who Might Be Liable for a Truck Accident?

Colorado is a fault-based insurance state. This means the driver at fault for the crash is typically financially responsible. However, with a truck accident, the rule of vicarious liability makes the trucking company legally responsible for the actions and mistakes of its drivers, in most cases.

If the truck driver was working as an employee of the trucking company at the time that he or she negligently caused your crash, the trucking company will most likely bear vicarious liability for the accident. If someone else caused the accident, such as a cargo company or a third-party driver, that party might be liable instead. A lawyer can investigate your crash to determine liability.

Should I Accept a Settlement Offer?

A settlement offer is an amount of money an insurance company is offering you to end a claim. By accepting a settlement offer, you are agreeing to release the defendant of any further liability for your truck accident. Once you accept a settlement offer, you cannot renegotiate for a different amount. It is extremely important, therefore, to make sure you are settling for a fair amount before saying yes.

As a general rule, do not accept a settlement offer for a truck accident case without first consulting with an attorney. An insurance company’s initial offer is often much lower than the true value of the case. This is especially true if you have serious or catastrophic injuries that will require ongoing medical care or physical rehabilitation. A lawyer can review the offer and help you negotiate for a reasonable amount.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

In Colorado, a law called a statute of limitations places a time limit on your right to bring a truck accident lawsuit. With only a few exceptions, you have two years to file a lawsuit after any type of accident that gives you a personal injury in Colorado. If you are only filing a claim for property damage and not a personal injury, however, you have three years from the date of your accident.

How Much Is My Denver Truck Accident Case Worth?

The value of your Denver truck accident case depends on the unique circumstances. One of the main factors is the severity of your injuries. More severe injuries will require more medical care and will also have greater lost wages and pain and suffering. Severe injury claims, therefore, are generally worth more than minor injury claims. Other determining factors include the plaintiff’s age and income, the number of defendants and the amount of insurance available.

Contact Our Denver Truck Accident Attorneys

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a commercial truck crash, contact the Denver truck accident lawyers at Dormer Harpring for a free consultation. We are committed to representing people from all walks of life. Therefore, our legal fees reflect only the amount we recover. We believe in individualized service and representation. No two people, or truck accident claims, are alike. We look forward to hearing your story and discussing how to meet your needs and expectations best.

Dormer Harpring is based in Denver but represents Coloradans throughout Denver County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and Colorado. Call us today at (303) 747-4404 or fill out our convenient online contact form below.