A collision with a truck often involves serious or catastrophic injuries. To victims and their families, this translates to pain, loss and hardships. To trucking companies and their insurers, a truck accident represents significant dollars and cents.
The defense will send people immediately to investigate. The injured person needs to “meet fire with fire.” Flesch & Beck Law is a Denver-area personal injury litigation firm with the skill and resources to undertake these complex cases. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will go to trial if necessary to hold commercial entities accountable for their negligence or disregard for public safety.
Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers And Commercial Trucks And Vehicles
We have pursued cases involving tractor-trailers and flatbeds, freight trucks and package delivery trucks, construction vehicles, utility trucks and other commercial vehicles. By law, such trucks are well-insured for bodily injury accidents. However, the owners and operators also tend to be well-represented.
Kevin Flesch is a veteran trial lawyer who knows how to direct a prompt and thorough investigation. Our firm will invest in accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to establish negligence leading to a truck crash on the part of the driver, the trucking company or other parties.
What Is Truck Driver Negligence?
Common causes of truck accidents on the part of the truck driver include speeding, alcohol and drug use, aggressive driving and improper driving techniques. More specific examples of a trucker’s negligence include the following:
- Reckless driving, including quick lane changes, swerving, disobeying traffic signals and other traffic violations
- Hours of service violations (working too many hours without appropriate rest, as mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- Driver fatigue and distracted driving, including texting and GPS distractions
- Failing to make proper safety and maintenance checks before driving
We aim to hold liable parties accountable when their negligence has potentially contributed to a truck accident.
How About Trucking Company Negligence?
Trucking companies and their business partners may be negligent to the point of causing an accident in several ways, including the following:
- Improperly loading trucks or securing cargo
- Allowing overweight trucks on the road
- Poor maintenance of tires, brakes, cargo door latches, lights and many other parts
- Forcing or otherwise influencing drivers to violate hours of service regulations
- Negligent hiring or training practices
Our attorneys can quickly determine who was at fault in your trucking accident through an independent investigation, and we can guide you through every step of your claim on the way to the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Looking Beneath The Surface Of Truck Accidents
Investigating a truck accident must happen fast and in coordination with industry experts in many cases. At Flesch & Beck Law we will collaborate with experienced accident reconstruction experts and a network of other expert witnesses to evaluate evidence and establish the full and fair value of your injury claim.
We prepare cases for trial from the very beginning. Trucking companies and insurance providers, with tremendous potential liability, are extremely aggressive in defending against claims brought in accidents involving a semi truck, tractor-trailer or other heavy trucks. Their investigative team will be on the scene quickly, and you should be sure that you have an independent investigative team working in your best interests as soon as possible.
Crucial investigative pieces of your truck accident injury case include:
- The police report and evidence from the scene, including photos, debris, tire skids, position of vehicles, road conditions and witness testimony
- Truck company hiring practices and maintenance records
- The truck’s black box data recorder and the truck driver’s log and phone records
Collecting all this evidence as quickly as possible is very important. If any of it is lost, your case could be weakened. It is critical that you consult one of our attorneys before making any recorded statements.
Adding Up The Impact Of A Truck Accident
What makes truck accidents so dangerous? Larger and heavier vehicles require things like greater stopping distances than regular passenger vehicles. Because of their potential force and advantageous safety, large trucks tend to pose the greatest risk to those in smaller vehicles. A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2020 revealed that 84 percent of truck accident fatalities involved the driver of a smaller vehicle or non-occupants, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.
We help document injuries and losses throughout the recovery process. This is crucial to getting full compensation — you can’t just make stuff up later. Our legal team details ongoing medical care and rehab needs, the extent of permanent injury, the loss of income or future earning capacity, and all the ways that an accident has devastated our client’s personal life, family life and finances.
We’re Here To Make A Difference
The law firm you work with makes a difference. We take care of our clients along the way while we are building a case for damages. We stand up to trucking companies and insurance companies to demand the full value of the claim, knowing that the money must cover years or a lifetime of care.
We practice in metro Denver and statewide Colorado, with offices in Denver and Englewood. Call Flesch & Beck Law at (303) 806-8886 to for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.