Since there are many trucks in Denver and throughout Colorado, it is a natural concern they could cause accidents. A crash with a truck can leave those in smaller, passenger vehicles with severe injuries or even fatalities. Federal regulators are constantly seeking ways to make the roads safer by implementing rules for truckers. One is requiring that all trucks have an electronic logging device installed. While this seemed to be a wise strategy to make the roads safer, a new study indicates that this has not happened and could, in fact, lead to other dangerous behaviors on the part of drivers.
Some of the most difficult auto accidents in Denver and across Colorado involve a truck and a bus colliding. These can lead to a significant impact with the potential for injuries and fatalities. In this type of wreck, the investigation is key. Both parties must make certain to protect their interests so they can consider a legal filing for compensation.
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.
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.
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.
Denver residents are accustomed to exercising extra caution when sharing the road with semi trucks. But even if a truck driver is also driving responsibly, it's still possible for a truck accident to occur. How so?
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.
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.
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.