Colorado Springs Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial trucks are a vital component of the Colorado economy. The Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) reported that in 2017 the trucking industry provided 110,200 jobs or 1 out of 20 in the state. Unfortunately, when passenger vehicles share the road with these massive tractor-trailers, severe, sometimes deadly, accidents can happen. Often, injuries suffered in truck accidents require surgery and a significant amount of time for recovery. At Kim Welch Law, we are committed to helping truck accident victims regain their lives. Kim Welch formerly represented truck drivers that caused injuries, so she knows the ins and outs of handling these claims.
Trucking is big business in Colorado. Our state is a lifeline to truckers for shipping cargo from sea to shining sea. According to a 2018 overview of the Colorado trucking industry by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, there are almost 13,000 trucking companies located in our state. Many of these trucking companies are small, locally-owned businesses that employ less than ten people.
Although these large trucks are beneficial to the Colorado economy, they can put the motorists that share the road with them at risk. If a semi-truck is traveling at 65 miles per hour and they need to make an emergency stop, they need up to 525 feet (nearly the length of two football fields) in order to make a complete stop. To compare, a passenger vehicle would only need about 316 feet to make a quick stop. This lack of swift stopping power can have catastrophic consequences.
Responsibilities of Truck Drivers in Colorado
Commercial truck drivers have more responsibility on the road than the average passenger vehicle driver. Tractor-trailers are large and difficult to maneuver and are more likely to cause severe damage when involved in a crash than the common car. A few of these responsibilities include:
Never Operate a Truck While Under the Influence
Driving while impaired is not allowed, no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving. However, according to Colorado State Patrol, there were 268 fatal crashes on Colorado roadways in 2020. Although speeding, lane violations, and inattentive driving contributed heavily to fatal and injury accidents, driving under the influence (DUI) was the most common cause. Thankfully, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has reported that large truck drivers have the lowest percentage of impaired drivers involved in a fatal wreck. This is primarily due to the strict regulations truckers must follow in order to keep their jobs.
Adhere to Hours of Service (HOS) Standards
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has stringent rules in place to regulate the amount of time a truck driver can work. These regulations are intended to prevent truck drivers from driving while drowsy. Drivers’ hours are tracked by electronic logging devices (ELD) required by FMCSA. These so-called “black boxes” record a truck driver’s hours on duty and other data such as their speed of travel and GPS location.
Ensure Their Payload is Properly Secured
If a truck’s payload is improperly secured, the trailer is liable to come loose and detach itself from the truck. Runaway trailers can travel at high speeds, especially down our mountain roads. These fast-moving trailers weigh thousands of pounds and can’t be stopped–leaving them to demolish anything in their path.
How Can a Colorado Springs Truck Accident Attorney Help You Recover Compensation?
Kim Welch Law understands that truck accidents are traumatizing and that the recovery process can be stressful. That is why our team is committed to helping truck accident victims in Colorado Springs regain their lives by providing top-notch, compassionate legal representation that is personalized to each client. We believe that after suffering from a truck accident, your primary focus should be on rest and recovery; so when you partner with us, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will:
- Manage all of the documentation and bills
- Investigate the crash (including an inspection of the vehicle)
- Communicate any updates with you
- Act as the primary point of contact between all parties
- Prepare your case for court if needed
- Represent your interests in court if needed
- Answer any legal questions you may have
Victims of truck accidents have to consider how they will pay their mounting medical bills, and with many victims having to miss work due to their injuries, paying them off can feel impossible. This is why we believe that every truck accident victim should have a strong legal advocate on their side. Recovering economic damages for victims reduces their stress and allows them to have the best chance at making a full recovery.
Partner with a Skilled Colorado Springs Truck Accident Attorney
Former insurance defense lawyer turned personal injury lawyer, Attorney Kim Welch, now fights for the rights of truck accident victims all over Colorado Springs. She understands the pain and frustration that a truck accident can bring to suffering victims. She also knows that recovering compensation for an accident can help victims focus on their injury recovery and return to their lives.
With over 29 years of legal experience, the experienced truck accident attorneys and staff at Kim Welch Law know how to take the pressure of dealing with the insurance company off victims’ shoulders. We pride ourselves on our outstanding client service and will guide you through every step of your case. We believe clients should always have a complete understanding of what is going on and why. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident in the Colorado Springs area, contact us today. Call (888) 590-5510 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Injury Lawyer
Kim Welch is very experienced and well versed in truck accidents and personal injury cases in Colorado Springs and Las Vegas areas. She has successfully represented victims of truck collisions, and her success record is no small part due to her years of experience in the insurance defense industry, during which time she learned about the laws and regulations for truck drivers.
Kim understands your pain and frustration, and the effects that might have on your everyday life – from the sheer physical pain to being out of work for a period of time. Kim will take the pressure of dealing with the insurance company off your shoulders and make sure your best interests are at the forefront of every conversation with them. Kim will work diligently to achieve the best outcome for your case and allow you to concentrate on your recovery and return to a regular way of life.
What Are Some Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
- Mechanical problems, such as bad brakes. According to truck inspection data, 23.7% of truck inspections reveal a broken down truck. This is almost one in four truck inspections!
- Driving too fast for the conditions of the road
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error