Grand Junction Truck Rollover Accident Lawyers
Weighing in at least 80,000 pounds, big rig trucks are no joke. They can easily drive over the average passenger vehicle, and when one becomes overturned, it is catastrophic. Several factors come into play with rollover accidents and many involve negligence on the part of the driver and the trucking company. If you have been involved in a rollover collision, you deserve justice, and we want to be the people to help you get it.
We at Peters & Nolan, LLC have years of experience working with truck accident victims. Our Grand Junction trucking rollover accident lawyers have gone toe-to-toe with large trucking companies and have worked nonstop to get our clients the compensation they not only needed, but deserved. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a trucking rollover accident, reach out to our firm at (970) 243-4357. We are waiting by to hear your case.
Rollover accidents usually occur due to some sort of negligence. They are rarely a true accident. These collisions are most often caused by the driver losing control of the truck. How they lost control, however, is incredibly important in determining fault and liability. The rollover may have happened because of:
Fatigue: Driving while overly tired is incredibly dangerous. Similarly to drugs and alcohol, being tired can impact a driver’s reaction time, or even cause them to fall asleep at the wheel. This is dangerous in a passenger vehicle, but in a semi-truck it is catastrophic. Due to their weight, trucks take much longer to speed up and slow down than cars, and so if a driver is not able to react to an object on the road quickly enough, a collision can ensue.
Overloaded trailers: An overloaded truck, which in Colorado means a truck that exceeds a total of 110,000 pounds, will have a shifted center of gravity and can be a violation of federal trucking regulations. The driver may take a turn too sharply, assuming they will be fine, when in actuality, due to the shift in center of gravity, they can lose control and the truck can topple over. This can also cause the contents to the truck to spill out, which adds another level of danger, especially if the contents are dangerous.
Driving while intoxicated: Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs is always dangerous. It puts the lives of those around you on the road, as well as your own, at a very high risk. When truck drivers operate their trucks under the influence of drugs or alcohol, that risk skyrockets as an 18-wheeler truck can easily plow through any passenger vehicles in its path.
Mechanical failures: Due to their size and weight, trucks are often in a constant state of repairs. If not maintenance frequently and correctly, brakes, axles, and tires can fail, leading to the truck driver losing control and the truck then rolling over.
Whatever the cause for the rollover accident, there is no denying just how dangerous they are. Those unlucky enough to be involved in such catastrophic collisions are likely to end up severely injured and traumatized. Others with even worse luck may even be killed during the collision.
Rollover accidents can have catastrophic consequences. Unlike with SUV rollovers, a rollover accident involving a semi-truck can easily result in a pile-up, where multiple, potentially even dozens, of cars are involved in the collision, resulting in extreme property damage as well as severe injuries. The accident could easily involve multiple lanes of traffic if on a highway. They are sudden and fast, and nearly impossible to avoid.
Unfortunately, as at Peters & Nolan, LLC have seen our fair share of rollover accidents, and we know just how dangerous they can be. Some of the most common injuries our clients have suffered are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Severe burns
- Fractured, broken or crushed bones
- Internal damage
- Crush injuries
- Amputation or the loss of a limb
Each of these injures can take weeks, months, or sometimes even years of rehabilitation and treatments to recover. That means medical bills, time taken off of work, as well as a great deal of pain and suffering. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. The first step to receiving the compensation you are owed, is determining who is liable for your injuries.
Trucking accidents can be incredibly complicated, and the person or party who assume to be at fault may turn out to not be the only one responsible. Determining liability is impossible to do without a thorough look into your case, as all cases have different circumstances. However, with our years of experience, the most common liable parties we have seen in rollover accidents are:
The driver: The truck driver is the first person who is examined when it comes to truck accidents. They were the one in control of the truck, after all, so it stands to reason that they may be at fault. The driver could be considered liable if they were doing things such as speeding, driving while intoxicated, or driving while distracted.
The trucking company: Trucking companies often care far more about their profits than they do about the safety of others. This means they may push their drivers to skip the legally required rest periods in order to make deliveries faster, thus causing the driver to become fatigued, or even overload their trailers so that more goods can be delivered. If a company is found to be breaking laws that then resulted in a rollover accident, they may be the ones held liable in a claim.
Manufacturers or mechanics: Rollover accidents can be caused by a mechanical failure, such as a blown tire or a worn-down brake. If the accident was indeed caused because a piece of equipment broke, then liability may be placed on the mechanic who serviced the truck or the manufacturer of the part that broke.
We at Peters & Nolan, LLC know all too well the pain and devastation that rollover accidents can, and often do, cause. We have worked with clients who were severely injured, have lost loved ones, and who will be grappling with the emotional trauma of the incident for perhaps years to come. That is why our Grand Junction trucking accident attorneys are so passionate about helping those who need and holding those responsible liable for their actions. If you or a loved one have been injured in a rollover accident, call our firm today at (970) 243-4357.
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.