Semi-Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Semi-truck accidents are on the rise, as there is an increasing number of commercial trucks on the roads. It is estimated that by 2030, accidents involving large trucks could be the fifth-highest cause of death in the United States. Sadly, 90% of the fatalities in semi-truck accidents are the occupants of the other car: an 18-wheeler/40-ton semi-truck colliding with a car imposes on the car passengers tremendous, potentially lethal force. Our skilled Denver semi-truck accident attorneys are equipped to handle the intricate legal challenges of these cases. We are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive legal support to victims and their families.

What Makes Semi-Truck Accidents More Complex?

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Semi-truck accident claims are notably more complicated than typical car accident cases due to several unique factors:

Impact Intensity

The massive force involved in collisions with these large vehicles often results in catastrophic damage and severe injuries, making the reconstruction of the accident scene more complicated. 

Liability Challenges & Complexity

Unlike car accidents, where liability typically falls on the driver alone, semi-truck accidents often implicate various parties. This may include the truck driver, their employer, the trucking company, and even parts manufacturers, requiring thorough investigations and expert analysis to attribute responsibility correctly. The documentation required to determine liability is extensive, encompassing truck black box recordings, driver logs, maintenance records, and health and DUI tests. 


Insurance Obstacles

Another layer of complexity comes from the large insurance policies that commercial trucks typically carry, often exceeding $1 million. While these policies should provide ample compensation, they also motivate insurance companies to minimize payouts. This leads to prolonged and challenging negotiations with experienced adjusters and legal teams working to dispute claims. 

Damage Assessment

Moreover, the severe injuries that often result from semi-truck accidents, which can lead to long-term or permanent disabilities, add to the complexity of calculating damages, including future medical costs and lost earning capacity. Understanding and proving regulatory non-compliance by drivers and trucking companies further complicates these cases, making specialized legal expertise essential for securing fair compensation.



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Common Causes of Semi-Trucks and Commercial Vehicle Accidents:

Several factors contribute to the high incidence of semi-truck and commercial vehicle accidents.


  • Speeding: Traveling at high speeds reduces the driver’s ability to react to unexpected situations and extends the stopping distance of these large vehicles.
  • Driver Fatigue: Long hours and tight schedules often lead to driver fatigue, a significant cause of accidents.
  • Distracted Driving: Professional drivers, under pressure, might resort to using their phones or other distractions.
  • Poor Maintenance: Neglecting regular maintenance can result in mechanical failures.
  • Improper Cargo Loading: Incorrectly loaded cargo can destabilize a truck, making it difficult to control.
  • Violation of FMCSA Rules: Ignoring Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations regarding driving hours and rest periods increases the risk of accidents.

Regulations & Requirements for Commercial Vehicles

Safety Regulations

Commercial vehicle operators are mandated to follow regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations encompass crucial safety protocols, including mandatory rest periods to prevent driver fatigue and limitations on maximum driving hours to ensure alertness on the road. Regular vehicle inspections are also mandated to maintain safety compliance and identify potential mechanical issues that could compromise road safety.

Insurance Requirements

Colorado mandates that commercial trucks maintain substantial insurance coverage to mitigate the financial fallout from accidents. Typically exceeding $1 million in coverage, these insurance policies are designed to cover extensive damages and injuries resulting from commercial vehicle accidents. This insurance requirement provides a safety net for victims and helps ensure they receive adequate compensation for their losses.

Operational Standards

Commercial vehicles must adhere to stringent operational standards outlined by state and federal authorities. These standards encompass various aspects of vehicle operation, including weight limits to prevent overloading, proper cargo securing methods to minimize the risk of cargo-related accidents, and adherence to regular maintenance schedules to uphold vehicle integrity and roadworthiness. By enforcing these operational standards, Colorado aims to enhance road safety and reduce the likelihood of accidents involving commercial vehicles.


Expert Legal Representation from Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers in Denver, CO

After learning how complex semi-truck, 18-wheeler, and commercial vehicle accident cases are, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed or concerned about how much legal assistance may cost. At Legal Help in Colorado, we don’t charge you a dime unless and until you win your case. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll these accidents can take on victims and their families, and we are here to provide the support and guidance you need to move forward with your life, at no initial cost to you. Our attorneys are dedicated to navigating the complexities of these cases and securing the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi-truck or commercial vehicle accident in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, or anywhere in the state, contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with our team. You don’t pay unless and until you win! 

Contact Legal Help in Colorado

Ross Ziev and his team at Legal Help in Colorado are regarded as one of Denver’s leading accident attorneys and experienced lawyers for semi-truck, 18-wheeler, and commercial vehicle accidents. We specialize in representing personal injury victims, handling negotiations with insurance companies, and providing representation in court. We operate on a contingency fee basis, relieving you of concerns about payment until you receive your rightful compensation.

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