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Should one settle a truck accident lawsuit out of court?

Denver residents who suffer injuries as a result of a truck driver's negligence often seek to be compensated for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes, these cases go to trial and a jury makes an award to the victim.

Is the truck driver always at fault in a truck accident? (Part 2)

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a number of responsibilities, including special training for drivers, vehicle maintenance and responsible management policies, above and beyond those of passenger vehicle drivers. Negligence in any of these areas will likely indicate that the driver or company bears some liability when a truck accident occurs. However, passenger vehicle drivers may also bear some liability if they contribute to the accident through unsafe driving practices.

Is the truck driver always at fault in a truck accident? (Part 1)

We often make mention here on our Denver personal injury law blog of the dangers that semi-trucks and inattentive truck drivers pose to other motorists on our roads and highways. If for no other reason than their sheer size and weight compared to a passenger vehicle, trucks have the potential to do significantly greater damage in the event of a truck accident.

Accident countermeasures and truck company negligence (Part 2)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association promotes strategies that truck drivers and truck companies can use to help reduce the risks of accidents and injuries in certain situations. We'll continue our earlier discussion of truck accident countermeasures case studies this week, with the understanding that the information is intended to be general in nature and not as specific legal advice.

Accident countermeasures and truck company negligence (Part 1)

The presence of trucks and tractor-trailers on the roads and highways today is a fact of life. Given this, Denver residents may sometimes feel that a certain level of risk from these vehicles is also just a part of life. To a certain extent, that's true, but there are also defensive strategies that truck drivers and trucking companies can use to help prevent truck accidents wherever possible.

Self-driving trucks: the answer to truck accidents?

When truck drivers drive negligently, the results can be catastrophic. Despite federal trucking regulations governing drivers as well as trucking companies, many still drive drowsy, under the influence of drugs (prescription or otherwise) or take dangerous actions behind the wheel that lead to truck accidents with serious injuries or deaths resulting. New technology, however, has some observers cautiously optimistic that it could make the roads safer for drivers in Denver and across the country who must share the road with tractor-trailers.

Factors that can lead to dangerous truck accidents

Large commercial vehicles are often seen by Denver drivers as they commute down the city's highways. Often delivering goods to stores throughout the metropolitan area these trucks stand out due to the massive sizes. Although they operate on the same roads as private vehicles and are subject to many of the same traffic laws, large trucks are very different from the smaller automobiles they encounter each and every day.

Liability in commercial truck accidents

Accidents involving trucks are inherently more dangerous than other types of motor vehicle accidents for the simple reason that trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. A commercial truck accident also adds an additional layer of legal complexity to a lawsuit to recover damages.

Trucker drivers' hours of service must be recorded in driving log

When Denver residents get behind the wheels of their cars, their ability to drive for as long as they want is generally limited only by their levels of focus and energy. This is not the case for truck drivers, however, who, in most cases, must comply with hours of service limitations. Hours of service driving limits can cut off the number of hours that truck drivers are behind the wheels of their rigs even if they think they feel well enough to continue.

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