In 2016, nearly four thousand people died in large truck accidents. Seventeen percent of those deaths were
truck occupants, while sixty-six percent were passengers or drivers in other
vehicles. Another sixteen percent were motorcyclists, pedestrians, or
bicyclists. Often, passengers injured in commercial truck accidents contact a
personal injury lawyer with the intent to file a lawsuit against the
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Colorado truck
accident, you can trust our experienced team at Kinnaird & Kinnaird to
fight for the compensation you deserve.
Of the fifteen million trucks in the
United States, nearly thirteen percent are big rigs, eighteen wheelers,
tractor-trailers, or semis. The vast majority of semi accidents result in at
least one fatality.
Truck accidents can ruin lives – and many of them can be
prevented. Below are five common causes of tractor-trailer crashes:
All too often, truck accidents are caused by negligent drivers,
who are sometimes drowsy, drunk, or otherwise intoxicated while behind the
wheel. Reliable witnesses can
help prove a driver was incapacitated at the time of the accident.
commercial vehicles travel thousands of miles on a daily basis, they go through
an immense amount of wear and tear. Drivers, maintenance crews, and owners are
responsible for maintaining tractor-trailers to avoid equipment failure on the
roadway. Still, negligence can lead to worn brake pads, cracked windshields, or
other malfunctions that may cause an accident.
Sometimes, maintenance rules are followed but equipment is
faulty. Manufacturers can be found negligent if a defective or dangerous part
leads to a Colorado truck accident. Your personal injury lawyer can help determine who is
responsible for your accident.
#4: Rule Breaking
There are strict rules in place for drivers of commercial
tractor-trailers. Not only are drivers limited in the number of hours they can
drive without resting, but there are industry-specific loading rules that
determine how much cargo can be carried in one truck. Negligence during loading
or refusal to rest after hours behind the wheel can often lead to catastrophic
Tractor-trailer drivers face a variety of weather patterns while
on the road. Some drivers aren’t fully prepared or trained to drive in new
climates. For example, a driver not adequately trained to operate a commercial
truck in snow or ice may skid, hydroplane, or jackknife across the roadway,
putting passenger vehicles in serious danger.
Contact an Experienced Colorado Truck Accident
Attorney for Representation
Making the choice to contact a personal injury attorney is never
easy – but the added experience is always worth it. If you or a loved one has
been injured in a Colorado truck accident, contact our team
at Kinnaird & Kinnaird by calling (719)-520-0003. Our office will devote our full energy and
attention to your case, fighting tooth and nail for the compensation you