Denver Tractor Trailer Accident Law Firm Helping 18-Wheeler Accident Victims Seek Justice
Were you or a loved one involved in an 18-wheeler crash? You may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Denver truck accident lawyer can help you recover your rightful damages.
In and around Denver, accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks are an all-too-common occurrence. On I-70, Highway 470 and other roadways throughout the area, drivers must be constantly vigilant to protect themselves and their loved ones as much as possible.
Unfortunately, in many cases, there is simply nothing that passenger vehicle drivers can do to avoid being hit by an 18-wheeler truck. These are huge vehicles – weighing as much as 80,000 pounds – and they require both skilled driving and constant maintenance to keep them safely on the road. Tragically, when truck drivers, truck manufacturers and trucking companies make mistakes, it is usually innocent victims who pay the price.
Denver Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Fighting for Colorado Truck Accident Victims
Serving Denver-area residents for more than 20 years, the personal injury attorneys at Levine Law provide experienced and compassionate legal representation for 18-wheeler truck accident victims and their families. Led by firm founder Jordan Levine, our personal injury team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. This includes a $770,000 court verdict for a client who suffered neck and back injuries in a truck accident and a nearly $2 million settlement for a couple who sustained back injuries requiring surgery in a rear-end truck collision.
At Levine Law, we are passionate about what we do, and we stand firmly in our belief that our clients always come first. We are available 24/7 if you have questions, and you and your Denver truck accident lawyer will work as a team so that you can make informed decisions while we fight for maximum compensation.
The Importance of Hiring a Truck Accident Law Firm
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, then Colorado law may entitle you to significant damages as compensation for your losses — whether through a negotiated settlement with the opposing party, or through trial litigation.
Commercial truck accident disputes can be rather challenging, so it’s important that you consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible for guidance.
Semi-Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents by Numbers
Truck accidents often result in severe injury, or even death — in fact, these high-severity incidents occur at a greater frequency with truck accidents than “standard” car accident scenarios. According to the data gathered and reported by the US Department of Transportation, 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018 alone, with 82 percent of those killed either the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, or pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
Truck accidents are so dangerous due to their mass. Large trucks may be up to 10 times or even 20 times heavier than the passenger vehicles they share the road with. As such, when they collide with another vehicle, the force of impact is significant enough to tear through protective material, overcome “crumple” mechanisms, and severely injure (or kill) the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Common Factors in Colorado Commercial Vehicle Accidents
With their sheer size and weight, it does not take much for a tractor trailer or 18-wheeler truck to cause a serious accident. From a faulty brake job to a momentary lapse in concentration in traffic or on Denver’s snowy winter roads, almost anything that goes wrong has the potential to cause a major collision that results in life-changing injuries.
Some of the most common commercial truck disputes involve:
- Multi-vehicle collisions
Large trucks often clog the roadways due to their size, causing multiple vehicles to be involved in accidents. This can create complications when it comes to determining causation in the lawsuit.
- Falling cargo
Trucks are often used to carry significant cargo. When the cargo is improperly secured, this can lead to falling cargo that poses a real hazard to others on the roadway.
- Employer liability
Commercial trucking companies often impose problematic incentives on their drivers, leading to driver fatigue and stimulant use (just to keep up with the pay incentive structure). These — and other issues — can lead to independent employer liability.
- Defective product liability
Defective tires, brakes, and other parts can significantly contribute to truck accidents. If a part was defective and caused the accident, the manufacturer may be held liable — though the approach to such litigation is different.
- Premises liability
Roadways (or aspects thereof) may be defectively designed or maintained, thus contributing to truck accidents. For example, the trees alongside a roadway may be poorly maintained, making it difficult for trucks to “see” traffic ahead due to the visibility issue. Under such circumstances, the party responsible for maintaining those trees could potentially be held liable
- And more
At Levine Law, we represent clients who have been injured and lost loved ones in all types of 18-wheeler truck accidents, including those resulting from:
- Cargo loading errors
- Distracted driving (communicating with dispatch, texting, navigating, or watching videos behind the wheel)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or medications
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Fatigued driving
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Inadequate and faulty truck maintenance
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Truck defects
- Truck driver negligence
- Violations of federal truck safety standards
Contact Levine Law for Help After an 18-Wheeler Accident in Denver
Here at Levine Law, we have decades of experience serving those plaintiffs injured in various accidents throughout the state of Colorado, including those who have suffered harm in a truck accident scenario. We are committed to helping our clients secure the compensation they’re entitled to under the law.
Regardless of what happened, after any type of truck accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney about your rights. Commercial truck accident cases are complicated, and the trucking companies and their insurers know how to minimize victims’ claims for compensation. At Levine Law, we put experience on your side, and you can rest assured that we will not stop fighting until we win the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today and let us help begin your fight for justice.
How Can a Denver Truck Accident Lawyer Help?
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Denver-area truck accident, you may be wondering whether you need to hire an attorney. The reality is that accident cases involving semi-tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles are often far more complex than a traditional car accident case. The injuries tend to be very serious, if not fatal, and multiple parties may be legally responsible for the accident. Getting the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages is likely to be an uphill battle.
When you are hurt in a crash involving a truck, it is important to recognize that the truck driver, trucking company and other responsible parties will be backed by a team of powerful attorneys with extensive experience defending against claims just like yours. These attorneys know how to challenge truck accident claims and minimize payments to accident victims. In order to level the playing field, you need to have a strong legal team of your own. Jordan Levine, the founder of Levine Law, has years of experience standing up to large corporations and insurance carriers on behalf of Denver-area residents. He and his entire legal team know how the industry operates and they will do everything they can to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Colorado Statute of Limitations for Truck Accidents
Keep in mind, if you wait too long to hire an attorney, critical evidence may be lost in your case. Additionally, in Denver, injury claims involving motor vehicles, including semi-trucks, are subject to a three-year statute of limitations. This means that you will generally only have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to act within the statutory deadline, you will be barred from pursuing monetary recovery. Moreover, if your truck accident claim is against the State of Colorado or involves a government-owned truck or government employee, you will have a shorter period of time – generally only 180 days to give written notice to the parties involved in the accident. Given that statutes of limitation can be confusing, it is always best to contact a Denver truck accident attorney who can make certain that you do not miss any critical deadlines.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Denver Truck Accident Lawyer
To speak with an experienced Denver truck accident attorney about your case, contact Levine Law and schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation. Remember, we are here for you 24/7, so call 303-333-8000 or send us your information online now.