Denver Truck Rollover Accident Attorneys
You are probably reading this because you’ve been involved in a truck rollover accident recently. You may be suffering critical injuries that will take a long time to heal, or that may never heal completely. You are also dealing with extensive damage to or total loss of your vehicle because of the truck accident.
It’s possible you haven’t been able to work since the accident – and you don’t know if or when you will be able to go back to work. But the bills don’t stop coming just because you’re not working, and you don’t know what to do.
You need to contact the knowledgeable Denver truck rollover accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group today. We have many years of experience representing truck rollover accident victims like you, and we fight vigorously for the fair financial compensation you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered.
If you have been involved in a truck rollover accident, contact The Bourassa Law Group now at (303) 331-6186 to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your accident. We want to do our part to help you get justice and to confidently move forward with your life.
How The Bourassa Law Group Can Help You After a Truck Rollover Accident
The United States relies heavily on commercial trucking to keep our country going. Commercial trucks transport food from coast to coast, they deliver fuel to the gas stations, and they’re instrumental in making sure we get our online purchases from large distribution centers around the country. In short, we depend on commercial trucks for many things in this country, and they are a necessary part of our transportation system.
However, commercial trucks are big and heavy, up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. When commercial truck accidents, such as rollover accidents, occur on our streets and highways that are crowded with much-smaller passenger vehicles, which typically weigh between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds, the results are devastating.
Many fatal truck accidents around the country are caused by rollovers. If the accidents aren’t fatal, the property losses and injuries in a truck rollover accident are often catastrophic, and the consequences are far-reaching and long-lived.
In addition to the trauma of being involved in a truck rollover accident, you may also be dealing with medical procedures and rehabilitation procedures to try to recover from the critical injuries you sustained.
If you haven’t earned any income since the accident happened, you are likely surrounded by a mountain of bills that gets higher by the day, and you may be struggling to pay for the basic necessities of housing, food, and utilities. You are probably already getting calls from bill collection agencies for medical bills not covered by your insurance and for credit card bills that are overdue.
You know you need help, but you don’t know where to begin.
That’s where The Bourassa Law Group comes in. The Bourassa Law Group has successfully handled many personal injuries cases, including truck rollover accidents, for our clients in the Denver area. We are well aware you are dealing with an unimaginable amount of stress right now.
We have the legal experience and knowledge to fight for the just and fair compensation you deserve and to hold the negligent truck driver – and possibly the trucking company and their maintenance provider, if their negligence contributed to the truck rollover accident – accountable for the losses you are suffering.
Not only will we build an airtight case against the negligent party or parties to negotiate a fair insurance settlement, but we will also help you with resources that can keep your family afloat while we are working on your case. And if the insurance company is unwilling to offer an acceptable settlement, we will be fully prepared to take your case to court for a jury verdict.
Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2017, there were more than 156,000 accidents in the United States involving commercial trucks. These truck accidents resulted in 116,000 injuries and 4,291 fatalities.
Truck rollover accidents accounted for some of these injuries and fatalities, and the causes are common throughout the trucking industry.
Truck Driver Inexperience
Truck driver inexperience is one cause of truck rollover accidents. As trucking companies continue to expand their businesses, they have more cargo to haul, which means they need more truck drivers. To increase their profitability, some trucking companies hire truck drivers who have little or no actual truck driving experience.
Commercial truck drivers must undergo a lot of training, including on-the-road driving, to learn how to safely drive and maneuver large trucks that are loaded with cargo. Because commercial trucks are so large and so heavy, safely moving them through traffic and stopping them requires more time and distance than what passenger vehicles need.
When truck drivers start driving without learning how to handle their trucks safely, accidents occur. Rollover accidents can be caused by inexperienced truck drivers overreacting to unexpected traffic conditions.
Distracted or negligent driving also causes truck rollover accidents. Distracted and negligent driving is an increasingly common cause of accidents for all drivers. Examples of distracted or negligent driving include:
- Talking or texting on a phone
- Eating and drinking
- Using GPS devices
- Following too closely
- Violating FMCSA hours-of-service regulations, resulting in fatigue, drowsy driving, or falling asleep while driving
Improper Truck Maintenance
Truck rollover accidents are also caused by improper truck maintenance. Truck drivers are required to make sure these key truck systems or components are in good working order:
- Windshield wipers
- Horn and emergency equipment
- Tires, wheels, and rims
- Rearview mirrors
When truck drivers fail to inspect their trucks before they start driving, they increase their chances of being in a rollover or other type of accident.
While responsibility for on-the-road truck maintenance is the truck driver’s, trucking companies and their maintenance providers may also be held liable for poorly maintained trucks.
In truck rollover accidents that involve improper maintenance, brake and steering problems are the main contributors. When brakes fail or steering malfunctions, oversteering and overcorrection can cause commercial trucks to roll over.
Improperly Loaded Cargo
The last common cause of truck rollover accidents is improperly loaded cargo. Commercial trucks have a higher center of gravity than other types of vehicles, which puts them at a higher risk of a rollover accident. If cargo is not balanced when it is loaded or the cargo weight exceeds the limit that can be loaded, the risk of a rollover accident occurring rises steeply.
How is Compensation Determined?
The legal term for compensation is damages. There are two types of damages that may be awarded in a compensation settlement: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are separated into two classes: special compensatory damages and general compensatory damages.
Special compensatory damages cover financial losses. These can include present and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost potential income (if you’re unable to work).
General compensatory damages cover non-financial losses. These can include emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and inability to enjoy and participate in daily activities. To maximize the amount you could receive in general compensatory damages, you should begin to keep a daily journal as soon as possible after the truck rollover accident to detail the emotional trauma you are suffering, the pain and suffering you’re experiencing, and your inability to enjoy and participate in daily activities, since this will be compelling evidence of how dramatically the accident has impacted every part of your life.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
The Bourassa Law Group’s capable truck accident attorneys are committed to seeing that you get justice and receive the fair compensation that you are entitled to. We understand how devastating the truck rollover accident you were involved in has been for you and your family.
We will take the burden of the legal process off your shoulders, and we will successfully advocate for you from start to finish. You need time to heal and recover from this catastrophic accident. We promise you the exceptional service we give all our clients, and we promise you transparency regarding your case every step of the way.
The goal of our Denver attorneys is to make you whole again. Call us today at (303) 331-6186 to set up a no-cost consultation about your truck rollover accident.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.