Grand Junction Truck Accident Attorneys
When you’re driving on scenic Colorado highways or through a street in Grand Junction, it can be nerve-racking to share the road with a big rig. These commercial vehicles pose a serious threat to everyone around them. Yes; they can be safe enough when operated in a lawful manner, but the margin for error is slim. One wrong move by a trucker can mean catastrophe for you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck, you need a Colorado personal injury attorney who has experience with these complicated cases. You and your family deserve to be compensated for your injuries so you can concentrate on what’s truly important: making a full recovery.
Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan, the founding attorneys of Peters & Nolan, LLC, are ready to help. Call (970) 243-4357 for a free consultation to find out how.
Grand Junction may have gotten its name as the meeting point of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, but it has also served as a connecting point for commerce and travelers since its inception. Forming something of a midpoint between Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas, I-70 goes straight through town, along with busy state highways like 50, 340, and 6. That means we see more than our fair share of commercial vehicles; many of them making stops to drop off and pick up goods, others speeding through on their way to another destination. All of them potentially dangerous.
Because truckers drive for a living, we’d like to think they are safer and less prone to accidents. But driving a large vehicle is more difficult than operating a passenger car. It requires a great deal of training, and truckers must stay constantly alert. This is difficult when you consider the long hours and distances long-haul truckers have to cover on a daily basis.
There are several types of accidents that are unique to semi-trucks:
- Jackknifes: A “jackknife” looks how it sounds: the truck’s trailer folds in toward the cab, sweeping across lanes of traffic, catching any passenger vehicles in its way. This can happen on a downhill slope, when the brakes of the trailer aren’t working and it exceeds the speed of the cab, sliding sideways across the road. It’s also a danger in icy weather.
- Underrides: When a car rear-ends a tractor-trailer fast enough, the front of the car can go right under the trailer’s bottom edge, shearing off the windshield and passenger compartment. Though big rigs in the United States are required to have rear underride guards to prevent these horrific crashes, the common “ICC bar” may not be enough to stop a collision at even moderate speeds. Plus, there is no legal requirement for side underride guards – side-impact collisions continue to claim lives and cause serious injuries across America.
- Overloaded trailers: If a trucking company or independent driver overloads a vehicle, it becomes that much harder to control – especially to stop. Overloading also increases the weight on the rig, making parts more likely to malfunction. If the hitch connecting the trailer breaks or isn’t properly fastened, a runaway trailer can cause devastating wrecks as it barrels out of control, especially on an incline.
- Unsecured cargo: If the shipment is not tied down properly, it can shift during transport, unbalancing the truck and making it more likely to roll over. Plus, unsecured cargo can come loose from the back of the truck, striking cars behind it and causing them to crash. Spilt hazardous liquids and other toxic materials are a danger to the entire community.
No matter the cause, if you have been seriously injured by a truck, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses.
Driver fatigue and inattentiveness are among the leading causes of truck accidents. Add to that driver distraction caused by smartphones, and you have a recipe for disaster. Other causes of truck accidents include poor training, reckless driving, and excessive speeding. Moreover, because 18-wheelers are more difficult to operate, many accidents occur due to driver blind spots or the wide turning radius. Still others are caused by faulty rigs themselves, due to defective parts or inadequate repairs.
When you’re trying to determine liability for a trucking crash, question must be asked, such as: is it the fault of the driver who fell asleep at the wheel, or the company that set overly ambitious deadlines for delivery? Did the company hire someone to do maintenance, who ignored or neglected serious issues that led to a mechanical failure? Was the truck overloaded by the lading company? The driver, fleet manager, trucking company, loading company, parts manufacturer, repair team, and even the municipality that maintain the road may all share blame. But you need a lawyer to find out.
While it may be obvious who was at fault in a truck crash, it’s much more difficult to get compensation than for a crash involving passenger vehicles. There are multiple insurance companies and unions that have a vested interest in limiting their own liability. And trucking company insurers have a reputation for aggressive tactics, even to the point of sending a rep out to the scene of the collision before the cops get there!
That’s why you need a tenacious legal team with experience taking on big corporations. Peters & Nolan, LLC, will fight until you get the money you deserve. Our firm has an outstanding track record of getting justice for injury victims. Call (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation with a top Grand Junction auto accident lawyer.
- Truck vs. Car Accidents: Not All Crashes Are the Same
- Commercial Vehicle Information - Colorado Department of Transportation
- Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016 - U.S. Department of Transportation
- Large Truck Fatality Facts - IIHS
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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