A commercial trucking accident is one of the most serious accidents that a Colorado driver can be involved in. With the average car weighing about 3,000 pounds and the average semi-truck weighing more than 80,000 pounds, the resulting injuries for the passenger vehicle occupants can be severe or even fatal.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
Many truck drivers obey the rules of the road and the regulations of the trucking industry. However, some drivers and trucking companies push the limits, and that's when accidents most often occur. Trucking accidents are commonly caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Inadequate driver training
- Driver fatigue
Hazardous Materials in Truck Accidents
Some trucking accidents are made more dangerous because of the cargo the truck was carrying. Extremely hazardous or flammable materials can increase the severity of injuries. If you have been involved in an accident with a truck carrying hazardous materials, you may be able to hold the shipper or manufacturer of the materials liable for your injuries.
Liable Parties in Trucking Accidents
Unlike other motor vehicle accidents where the other driver is usually the only liable party, in trucking accidents, you may be able to hold multiple parties responsible for your injuries, such as:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Owner of the truck
- Manufacture or shipper of the materials being transported
Each of these entities will have an insurance policy and that insurance company will try to limit its liability for the accident.
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An experienced trucking accident attorney can help you untangle the web of potential responsible parties and pursue the compensation you need for recovery from your injuries.
Did you or someone you love sustain significant injuries in a trucking accident? Call the trucking accident lawyers at Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free case consultation. We represent clients in Denver, the surrounding areas, and throughout the state of Colorado.