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In Colorado, trucks and passenger cars must share the road every day. Trucks are very different than cars in size, structure, and operation. Unfortunately, when trucks and cars share the road, sometimes accidents happen. When they do, the fundamental differences between trucks and other vehicles on the roadway can lead to disaster.
At Levine Law, our lawyers have extensive experience handling the unique issues that arise in truck accident cases, and we understand why truck collisions are different. If you have been involved in a truck accident and you have suffered injury as a result, contact the Denver truck accident lawyers at Levine Law today to learn more about how we can help.
How Truck Accidents and Car Accidents Differ
Some of the inherent characteristics of trucks make accidents more likely and increase the chance of serious injuries in a crash. For example:
- Trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Most passenger cars weigh 3,000 to 5,000 pounds – about one-twentieth the weight of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer.
- Trucks often have air brakes, which require more maintenance and upkeep and which function differently than passenger brakes.
- Trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles, and cars can easily disappear in the blind spots.
- Trucks have a longer stopping distance than passenger vehicles.
- Trucks are prone to jackknifing, which means that the trailer of a tractor trailer swings widely out and the truck folds onto itself in an acute angle. The vehicle can become locked in this position, skid across the road, and get stuck. Jackknifing can lead to a multi-vehicle accident that causes serious injuries.
- Trucks, with their high center of gravity, are more likely to roll over when a crash occurs or when the driver loses control. Cars can be crushed underneath the truck when it rolls over.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Because of the increased risks associated with large trucks, these vehicles must be driven by qualified and experienced drivers with special commercial driver's licenses. Unfortunately, a nationwide shortage of truck drivers has prompted many trucking companies to hire drivers with insufficient experience to handle big rigs. Further, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that driver-related factors are the cause of 31 percent of fatal truck crashes. These factors can include:
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to stay in the correct lane
- Distracted driving
When a truck driver causes a crash, the driver can be liable for any injuries that result. The company that employs the truck driver may also be held legally responsible in many cases. The employer can be held responsible under legal principles called "agency rules," which hold the employer responsible for the actions of an employee. The employer can also be held responsible for negligent hiring, supervision, or maintenance.
Trust the Truck Accident Lawyers at Levine Law
When you have been involved in a truck accident, you need a Denver truck accident lawyer to help you to understand who to make a claim against and to work with you to build your case. The dedicated attorneys at Levine Law are here to help. Call any time; our phones are answered 24/7.