IF REAR-ENDED BY A TRUCK DRIVER in Denver, CALL (800) 863-5312 TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR ZINDA LAW GROUP PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS TODAY
Getting into any automobile accident can be a traumatizing event; however, a truck accident may be even more devastating. Due to their size and strength, large trucks, or 18-wheelers, may cause substantial property damage, severe injury, or even death. People injured in rear-ending truck accidents in Denver may be able to get help from Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers.
Zinda Law Group attorneys are available to assist you in every stage of the legal process. If you have been hurt by a truck accident in Denver, we may be able to help. Our personal injury attorneys are standing by to help you navigate the often complex legal system. Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, are a necessary part of United States infrastructure; however, accidents involving these large trucks are not unheard of. Below are nationwide and statewide statistics involving motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.
Large trucks can be extremely dangerous machines. These vehicles are harder to maneuver and more difficult to handle when compared to a smaller vehicle. Below are examples of notable statistics about truck accidents that have occurred nationwide:
- 500,000 truck-related accidents occur yearly in the United States.
- 4,889 large truck accidents resulted in fatalities in 2017.
- The number of trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents increased 42% from 2009 to 2017.
- 68% of fatal truck-related accidents have taken place in rural areas, on interstate roads, and on highways.
- Truck-related accidents were responsible for 11% of roadside fatalities in the United States in 2017.
The Colorado Department of Transportation put forth information relating to the number of fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2020 across the state. According to this information, there have been:
- 298 fatal accidents
- 315 number of people killed
- 111 number of people killed in an impaired-related accident
Although these numbers include all motor vehicles, it is important to understand how common automobile accidents are in Colorado. Always stay vigilant while on the road and never drive while distracted. Further, if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today. We may be able to help get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries received when you were hurt by a truck accident in Denver, as well as for your property damage.
TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Due to their size and weight, accidents involving large trucks have a greater potential to cause substantial property damage, serious injury, or even death. There are many different ways a truck accident may occur. Below are examples of different types of trucking accidents that may occur:
A jackknife accident occurs when a large truck pulling a trailer, or other similar object, loses control and comes to rest alongside the hitch where the truck and trailer connect, resembling a folding pocket-knife. This may cause the truck to block several lanes of traffic, or may result in accidents with other motor vehicles. Jackknife accidents may be the result of poor weather conditions, a distracted driver, or reckless driving behaviors.
Due to the extreme size of 18-wheelers, wide-turn accidents may occur. Large trucks cannot make wide turns as easily as a passenger vehicle can, especially when the truck is hauling a trailer. These trucks may then drift into another lane of traffic, which may result in an accident. Even if the truck is moving at a slower speed while turning, a wreck may still result in serious injury, or death.
If a large truck turns on its side, or turns on top of itself, it is considered a rollover accident. 18-wheelers may rollover for many reasons. For example, if the heavy truck turns too quickly, it may cause the vehicle to become unbalanced. Rollover accidents involving a commercial truck are much more dangerous when compared to a passenger vehicle. This is due to the truck’s size, weight, and type of material the truck may be transporting.
Truck Driver DUI
Driving any motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous. This is especially true with a commercial vehicle, which could weigh 80,000 pounds. According to federal law, a truck driver will fail a drug or alcohol test by testing positive to a drug test, or by registering a 0.04 or greater alcohol content. If the driver fails either one of these tests, the driver will be immediately removed from driving a commercial vehicle until he or she successfully completes a return to duty process with a qualified substance abuse professional.
If a truck driver or trucking company fails to properly maintain their truck tires, it may result in a tire blowout. Tire blowouts occur when there is a sudden bursting or rupturing of a truck tire. These blowouts may easily result in an accident if pieces of the tire come in contact with another vehicle. Further, the driver of the commercial truck may lose control after a tire blowout and swerve into another motorist.
Due to the large size of a commercial truck, there are many more blind spots when compared to a passenger vehicle. It may be difficult for passenger vehicle drivers to understand where the blind spots are located on large trucks, so it is important to always give trucks plenty of space when passing. Blind spots cause upwards of 400,000 trucking-related accidents each year in the United States, with more than 150,000 of those accidents resulting in fatalities. Always stay safe and be alert while on the road.
Cargo shifts are one of the leading causes of large truck accidents. Cargo shifts may cause damage to the load as well as cause accidents with other drivers. If you have been injured due to a shifting load, you may be able to take legal action against both the trucker and the shipper. Both the trucker and the shipper may be responsible for negligent loading or incorrect securing of the cargo.
Rear-Ending truck collisions
Rear-end collisions are extremely dangerous when trucks are involved, as commercial trucks can be 20-30 times heavier than passenger vehicles. There are security measures, however, that may reduce the number of rear-ending accidents in the United States. Large trucks with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems are less likely to rear-end another vehicle. This technology may be able to eliminate more than two out of five crashes.
No matter the cause of the accident, Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys may be able to help in your truck accident lawsuit. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help guide you through each step of your truck accident case. Contact Zinda Law Group today to begin your unique case.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURIES RESULTING FROM BEING REAR-ENDED BY A TRUCK DRIVER
Large truck accidents may cause severe injury, or even death. Fortunately, it has been shown that trucks equipped with forward collision warning had 22% fewer crashes, and those with automatic emergency braking had 12% fewer crashes than those without either technology. Forward collision warning systems alert the driver to obstacles in the road, while automatic emergency braking systems automatically apply the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of the crash.
While there are safety precautions that may help reduce truck accidents, these deadly incidents still occur. Due to their size and strength, accidents involving 18-wheelers tend to result in severe injury. Common injuries resulting from being rear-ended by a large truck may include:
- Soft-tissue damage
- Head trauma
- Bone fractures
- Torn ligaments
- Spinal injuries
If you have been rear-ended by a large truck, contact a Zinda Law Group rear-end truck collision attorney in Denver today. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate on your behalf for a favorable settlement.
CALL A ZINDA LAW GROUP PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER TODAY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR TRUCK ACCIDENT CLAIM
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, particularly if you were rear-ended by a truck, we may be able to help. Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers are available to discuss your unique case. We understand that you may be experiencing hefty medical bills, property damage, and emotional trauma. Therefore, you will not pay us a cent unless we are able to get you compensation in your truck accident case. We are here to help you and your family through this often difficult time.
Zinda Law Group lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to negotiate on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact one of our truck injury attorneys today at (800) 863-5312 to discuss your unique case. We may be able to help investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, or fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made. Further, you do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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