Colorado Springs Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys
Due to their immense size and bulk, truck accidents can be devastating to all involved, with high risk of injuries and fatalities.
If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler, you know the power and destructive capability these vehicles have.
The biggest problem in a car-truck collision is that the car always loses. When a truck and car collide, the occupants of the car are often killed or seriously injured, while the driver of the truck will usually be uninjured or may not even know he made contact with the car.
Unfortunately, these accidents are all too common. One study showed that trucks are involved in 58 percent of fatal car accidents. The reality of the trucking business is that accidents are inevitable. Truckers are paid by the mile. They do not make any money unless their truck is moving. With a sleeper rig and two drivers, the truck can be on the move constantly. Thus, there is a lot of motivation for drivers to drive too fast or too many hours without rest or sleep. Federal regulations require all interstate truck drivers to keep daily logs that track their activities for every 24 hour period that they are actively employed as a truck driver. Trucking companies must maintain copies of the logs for six months. Some drivers keep two sets of log books–one for their income and one for the authorities which shows the required time off and rest and sleep. Federal studies have shown that truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel is the number one reason for truck accidents.
One of the most serious issues in truck-car collisions is the problem of under ride. This occurs when a small car collides with the rear, or the side of the trailer, and rides under the trailer, often taking the roof off the car and inflicting catastrophic injuries on the occupants. In the mid-1990s, the government and industry arrived at standards for a rear under ride guard on trailers, but often the guard is not strong enough to withstand a collision with a car. There currently are no government requirements for under ride guards on the sides of the trailers, although other countries do require them on trailers operating within their borders.
After a truck accident, you shouldn’t have to deal with the resulting damages alone. At Sears & Associates, P.C., we understand the pain and stress your injury puts on your life. The effects of an accident extend far beyond your physical health and condition of your vehicle, touching the financial and personal aspects of your life.
You need someone who will stand by you to protect your rights and help fight for the compensation you deserve. We work toward the best possible outcome for your case, doing a thorough investigation of driver’s logs, data from the truck’s “black box” (an electronic control module that measures truck operating conditions), and other evidence.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or have lost a loved one due to a car-truck collision, please contact Sears & Associates, P.C. Our truck accident attorney team in Colorado Springs will fight for you while also protecting your privacy. As Colorado’s premier law firm, want to help you get heal physically, financially, and emotionally from the devastating results of a truck accident.