Denver Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers
According to Denver Solid Waste Management, trash trucks pick up more than 220,000 tons of waste each year from residential neighborhoods alone. To keep communities clean these large vehicles travel through our neighborhoods every week. While waste management is incredibly important, when drivers fail to take proper precautions, a garbage truck collision can leave drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians with life-changing injuries.
If the negligent actions of a garbage truck driver leave you with severe physical and financial stressors, get in touch with an experienced attorney. A lawyer can assist you in recovering damages to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. An attorney will be able to guide you by learning about your injuries and priorities and crafting a legal course of action best for you or your loved ones.
The Denver truck accident lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group are committed to recovering compensation for you so that you can focus on your recovery. Reaching out for help isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. A member of our team is ready to hear your story and help you understand your options today. Get in touch with us today at (303) 331-6186.
Why Do I Need a Garbage Truck Attorney?
Every year in Denver, numerous individuals suffer from brain injuries, burns, broken bones, and other injuries from garbage truck accidents. Unfortunately, these injuries can saddle victims with excessive bills and debilitating injuries for the rest of their lives. If you are serious about recovering the compensation you deserve, hiring a lawyer is a good idea.
Commercial truck law is complicated, and the driver may share the fault with a parts manufacturing company, the truck owner, an insurance company, or several other parties. Determining the proper course of action requires a thorough knowledge of the law and the most advantageous way to pursue settlement based on fault, and both of these aspects of garbage truck litigation necessitate an experienced attorney.
If you decide to attempt to pursue a settlement on your own, you will be facing a distinct disadvantage against insurance and contracted truck companies. Truck companies and their insurers have plenty of experience with accident litigation. Even if the at-fault party’s insurer offers you a settlement that seems fair, unless you know the value of your claim, you should speak with a lawyer about your options. Your claim may be worth more than you think.
Why Choose Us?
The Bourassa Law Group has a team of highly trained attorneys who specialize in winning personal injury accidents. Operating out of multiple offices throughout the South and Southwest, our firm has a reputation for coupling the resources of a large agency with the personalized attention and care of a boutique firm.
We understand that the time after an accident is stressful, taxing, and often painful. We are personally invested and take seriously our responsibility in helping get you or your loved one the compensation you need to recover from a truck collision. We handle garbage truck accidents involving driver negligence, malfunctioning equipment or inadequate maintenance, falling objects, and more, including crashes that caused burns, brain injuries, other injuries, or death.
That’s why all of our services are offered on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing until we win you a settlement. Call us today to experience the compassion, dedication, and in-depth knowledge of personal injury law that our past clients are so vocal about. All consultations are free of charge and can be the first step towards securing compensation for your injuries.
Garbage Truck Cases We Handle
Like other commercial vehicles, garbage trucks can cause massive amounts of damage to property and people because of their size. Garbage trucks, in particular, are responsible for a high number of injuries because of their heavy, often unsecured loads. These loads cause garbage trucks also to have a high center of gravity that makes detrimental rollovers all the more likely.
In addition to unsecured loads, the following factors commonly contribute to garbage truck accidents:
- Inclement weather – Bad weather makes presents an added challenge for garbage truck drivers. Breaking and coming to sudden stops becomes much more difficult when roads are slick.
- Poor truck maintenance – Garbage trucks endure a lot, which is why they must be well maintained and only driven if they are in good working order.
- Driver Negligence – Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and any other reckless behavior can cost innocent people their health, mobility, and lives.
- Inadequate driver training – The extra weight of garbage on a fully loaded truck becomes even more dangerous when poorly-trained drivers don’t know the maximum time and distance it will take to come to a full stop.
- Speeding – On narrow and busy streets, truck drivers run the risk of causing injury to neighborhood residents
- Blind spots – Garbage trucks also run the risk of causing accidents because of their considerable blind spots. Length and view-blocking lifting arms create huge blind spots. Drivers are often unable to see the right side or tail areas of the truck or the area directly to the rear of the driver’s window.
It is vital to have an attorney familiar with garbage truck accidents in particular. Garbage truck litigation deals with elements specific to garbage trucks, such as city maintenance organizations and the makeup of the vehicles themselves, including blind spots and heavy, hazardous loads, and their prominence in residential neighborhoods.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you are looking for an injury lawyer, you may be dealing with life-changing health concerns and financial stressors. Our team remains dedicated to treating each client with the care and compassion that they deserve. Learn more about how the lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group can help you by reading some of our FAQs and calling us at (303) 331-6186 today.
What should I do after a garbage truck accident?
The first thing an attorney will always recommend is that you visit a hospital or have a doctor complete a physical evaluation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident. Before you worry about anything else, you must take care of yourself by seeking medical attention. Seeking treatment will also create a record of your injuries that will be useful in court.
We also recommend that you file a police report and take photos of the scene as soon as possible to document the accident. Obtaining a police report and taking pictures of the scene will add to your record of the collision and provide valuable material for any investigations that follow. If possible, speak to any witnesses at the scene and obtain their phone numbers or email for later contact. Lastly, it is essential to speak to an attorney right away, before significant evidence disappears. An attorney can help you decide on an appropriate course of legal action.
What will I have to pay for an attorney?
At The Bourassa Law Group, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you never have to pay anything until we win you adequate compensation for your injuries. When we win you a satisfactory settlement, we charge a fair percentage based on the value of your claim.
We never want you to turn down the opportunity to pursue legal compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys understand that this can be a challenging and emotionally taxing time in your life. We want to make the legal process as painless and straightforward as possible so that you can obtain the settlement you need to heal.
Can I seek damages even if I was responsible for the accident?
As long as you were responsible for 50 percent or less of your accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. The state of Colorado adheres to a doctrine of comparative negligence, which states that the claimant’s responsibility for the accident impacts the compensation they collect.
For example, if a truck driver is deemed to have been 60 percent at fault for the accident, and the victim was 40 percent at fault, then the defendant suing for $100,000 worth of damages would receive, $60,000, 60 percent of the full compensation. Our attorneys are ready to fight for your case with the compassion, care, and knowledge you need to win.
Contact Us Today
When someone else hurts you, you don’t need to fight for justice alone, one of our experienced lawyers can help. The Bourassa Law Group Group serves Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Beverly Hills, California, Colorado, Denver, Florida, and Las Vegas. Our attorneys have the personal injury experience that you need to win your garbage truck accident case and secure compensation for you and your loved ones.
Call us today at (303) 331-6186 or fill out a contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will work to get you back on your feet after a harrowing accident, free of charge until we win your case.
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.