Denver area residents are obviously used to seeing large trucks on the roadways in and around the city, but the sight of an accident that involves a large truck, such as a semi-truck, can be jarring. These types of accidents often involve extensive damage to all of the vehicles involved and, unfortunately, usually fatalities as well.
An unexpected truck accident can devastate the lives of the victims. Because truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and damages to truck accident victims, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed because a truck driver or trucking company was negligent and a truck was not properly handled or maintained.
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.