Any driver who has felt a twinge of apprehension when a huge tractor-trailer barreled right up alongside or came right up behind, filling the rearview mirror with a close up of its front grill has had good reason for this reaction. According to recent statistics from the US DOT (Department of Transportation) approximately 28,000 motor carrier companies have unsatisfactory safety ratings. These vital freight carriers become exceptionally destructive when they go out of control. The average family car has little chance in a collision with that much mass where any speed is involved. A Denver personal injury attorney can give you valuable information and help you weigh your options if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident.
A common cause of big-rig accidents is driver fatigue. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has firm regulations in place limiting the amount of time a commercial truck operator can work in a 7 or 8 day period. In a survey conducted in 2007, 20% of the truck operators admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within one month of the time of the survey. Other causes of truck crashes include poor load balance, truck system (such as brakes) failure, operator distraction, speeding, reckless driving, bad road conditions and operator impairment from medication, drugs or alcohol. When a seasoned truck accident lawyer is brought into a case immediately, vital records such as the driver’s and dispatcher’s logs, inspection and maintenance records, the truck’s “black box” and other evidence can be preserved and utilized to prove negligence on the part of the customer, trucking company, truck operator or other responsible party.
The success of a truck accident claim for damages often depends upon technical issues and experience in dealing with truck insurance companies. Having seen up close many examples of the devastating injuries from big-rig crashes, the legal team is committed to assisting you in every way possible. If you have suffered catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injury, or burn injuries in the case, it is critical that you have skilled legal representation from our firm to protect your right to fair compensation. Your personal injury lawyer at the firm takes a personal interest in your case. Your future can be greatly affected by your receipt of full compensation for your losses which can give you the time you need to recover fully. Call Fisher Hopkins Nandan Pangalos PLLC for a consultation today.