Denver Truck Driver Error Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver’s error, you are likely experiencing severe consequences. Not only do you have extensive property damage or loss, but you may also have critical injuries that may take months or years to heal, or that may never heal. You need to contact an experienced joint study by the FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into commercial truck accidents found several common types of errors that cause truck accidents.
Fatigue and being overworked were overwhelmingly linked to truck drivers making errors while they are driving. These errors include:
- Decision-making errors – Almost 40% of truck accidents were because of truck driver errors in decision-making. Most cited among these were truck drivers speeding or driving too fast for the traffic conditions and/or weather they were driving in, truck drivers miscalculating the speed of other vehicles around them, and truck drivers following too closely behind vehicles.
- Recognition errors – Over 25% of truck accidents were because truck drivers failed to recognize the conditions around them. Most common among these were inattention to the road, distracted driving, or failure to properly assess driving conditions for some other reason.
- Non-performance errors – This type of truck driver error was a factor in 12% of truck accidents. These errors included falling asleep, medical emergencies (heart attack, stroke, seizure, etc.), or physical impairment.
- Performance errors – 9% of truck accidents were related to how the truck driver performed before the accident. The study found the most common performance errors were poor directional control of their trucks, panic, and overcompensation.
Types of Injuries in Truck Driver Error Accidents
Truck driver error accidents cause severe injuries and even fatalities. When you’re involved in a truck accident, you should seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t believe you’re seriously injured. Internal organ damage and bleeding often don’t manifest immediate symptoms (including pain).
Not only will this ensure that you get any medical treatment you need, but it will also begin the documentation of the medical care your injuries require to heal.
Common truck driver error accidents injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Lacerations, scrapes, and burns
- Internal organ trauma and bleeding
- Limb injuries (including amputations)
- Neck and back injuries (including whiplash)
- Spinal injuries, including full or partial paralysis
- Wrongful death
What Kinds of Compensation Could I Be Entitled to Receive?
There are two kinds of compensation that you may be entitled to after being involved in a truck driver error accident. The Bourassa Law Group will fight for the maximum amounts of compensation in both categories.
The first type of compensation you may be entitled to is economic compensation. Economic compensation includes, but is not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost potential income
- Property damage or loss
The second type of compensation you may be entitled to is non-economic compensation. Non-economic compensation includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of ability to resume daily activities
While proving economic losses is straightforward, it can be much more challenging to quantify non-economic losses, since they are less tangible. One way you can document these is by starting a journal after the truck accident.
Note in your journal, day by day, how the truck accident has impacted and changed every aspect of your life, including your emotional and mental well-being, the level of pain you’re experiencing, the daily activities you can’t do, and the ways in which you can’t fully participate in your family relationships.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
The Bourassa Law Group understands how this truck driver error accident has derailed your life and your family’s lives. You need to focus on recovering and healing, but you also need to pay the bills – now and in the future – and provide security and support for your family.
The Bourassa Law Group has successfully represented many clients just like you. Our Denver truck accident attorneys are passionate about making sure that our clients get justice and that negligent parties that caused them harm are held accountable for their actions or their inactions.
Let us take care of the legal side of all that you’re facing as a result of the truck accident that drastically changed your life in an instant. We know how to build a successful claim to ensure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve, and we know how to take your claim to court if the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement.
We’re on your side every step of the way. We believe in open and timely communication with our clients, so we will consult with continually as we work for a successful outcome to your claim.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group now at (303) 331-6186 to schedule a free consultation about your truck driver error 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.