Truck Accident Attorney Colorado Springs
Accidents involving 18 wheelers and Big Rigs are almost always devastating-resulting in serious bodily injury, and sometimes even death. The size and weight of commercial trucks involved in these accidents can change victim’s life in a matter of seconds. The number of commercial trucks on Colorado highways, in addition to the long hours of driving, makes these accidents all too common along major highways like I-25 and I-70.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck or 18 wheeler accident, the McDowell Law firm can help. We understand the trauma that occurs in a truck accident and will work with you to obtain compensation for injuries and damages. Call to speak with Josh McDowell personally to discuss your case and get an honest evaluation and assessment of your truck accident case.
We understand that most people can’t afford large upfront attorney’s fees on truck accident cases that can last months or even years. We accept 18-wheeler and semi truck cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we represent you at no cost unless we win your case. For the convenience of our clients, we offer hospital and home visits for those who are unable to come to our offices because of severe injuries.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Colorado
Just like motor vehicle accidents, semi truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Many are caused by failure to pay attention to the surrounding circumstances on the road or failure to obey traffic laws. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Going too fast for the weather conditions
- Working longer shifts than allowed
- Inattentiveness or driver error
- Overweight trailers
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Independent of the factors listed above, truckers can also be more susceptible to roll overs, loss of control, or jack-knife accidents. Large semi trucks and 18 wheelers are also at a greater risk when it comes to accidents in extreme weather conditions. Colorado is well-known for weather conditions that can change in an instant. Any resident of Colorado knows that we can go from sunny and 60 degrees, to a blizzard over the course of a few hours. This can make driving extremely hazardous for drivers who are not accustomed to Colorado weather, and to those in very large vehicles. High winds are notorious for tipping over big rigs on Colorado highways. Snow and ice can turn a semi truck into a 40-ton wrecking machine.
Truck Accidents caused by Driver error
Although weather and external conditions often play a factor in truck accidents in Colorado, driver error is still the most common cause of 18 wheeler accidents. “Driver error” is a catch-all category that includes: drug/alcohol impairment, failing to drive safely for conditions and fatigue. Federal law sets standards for windows of driving hours, driving limits and mandatory rest periods in an attempt to reduce driver fatigue. Often times it is a variety of factors that contribute to truck accidents caused by driver negligence in Colorado. Whatever the cause, if a truck driver has caused you injuries and damages through his or her negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact a Colorado Truck Accident Lawyer for a free consultation
We understand that a truck accident can turn your life upside down. The medical bills, loss of work, the inconvenience of Doctor’s visits, pain and suffering, dealing with damages to your vehicle and other property, etc. At the McDowell Law Firm, we understand the inconvenience that a semi truck accident causes, and we will work with you to make this difficult process go as smoothly as possible. As the injuries from a truck or commercial vehicle are often times very serious, we offer home and hospital visits to meet with accident victims free of charge. We can discuss the facts of your case and review your options. Often times, this may be working towards a settlement with the negligent party and their insurance company, or filing a lawsuit. To further understand your options, and to set up a free consultation, call (719)227-0022 to speak with Josh McDowell today.