Colorado Springs Runaway Trailer Attorneys
Colorado's beautiful scenery makes it a great place to drive. But the steep highway passes also mean our state is a treacherous place for the tractor-trailers that traverse it on a daily basis. Truck wrecks pose a particular challenge for victims. Commercial drivers are typically protected by powerful insurance companies, whose number-one goal is to limit the amount they have to pay out for a claim.
That's why you need a capable legal team with the experience and resources to take on the most complicated cases. Contact our Colorado Springs truck crash lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., to learn more about how we can help at (719) 475-2555.
Tractor-trailers are known by many names, including big rigs and semis. But whatever you call them, they are ubiquitous on Colorado highways. As any driver can tell you, their immense size and weight make them dangerous to drive next to. With a full load, these vehicles can weigh as much as 40 tons. That's more than 20 times a regular car's weight.
Making matters worse, semis involve a lot of moving parts. Many serious accidents are the result of blown tires. Another weak spot is the trailer hitch that connects the trailer to the cab. When there's a defective hitch, or the trucker fails to properly attach the trailer, the trailer could wind up rolling down a hill, crossing lanes, or flipping over, taking out a lot of other vehicles in the process.
Semi-trucks are complicated machines that need regular tune-ups. While a runaway trailer could be a freak occurrence, normally these accidents happen because of a defective part or human error.
If a trailer hitch breaks, the trailer will be cut loose and likely wreak havoc. But other faulty equipment can also result in a runaway trailer, such as brake failure. Trailers have their own brakes separate from the cab, and when they fail, the trailer could separate. Other critical equipment includes the steering mechanism, the tires, and more. Along the same lines, if the trailer is overloaded, it could put undue pressure on the hitch, leading to it breaking down. Also, if the trailer is loaded improperly, so that the weight is uneven, it might result in the trailer jackknifing or rolling over.
One additional danger in Colorado is the steep inclines. If a truck goes too fast, or the truck is overloaded, the trailer can come loose. In the same way, when a driver is speeding or makes a sudden sharp turn, the whole rig can jackknife. Also, Colorado experiences severe weather in the winter months. Ice, snow, rain, and even extreme winds can cause a trucker to lose control. Truckers and trucking companies should not attempt to travel in unsafe weather.
When a trailer comes loose and causes a wreck, it can be difficult to determine who or what was at fault. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't have an incentive to fully investigate the circumstances, leaving victims in the lurch. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our personal injury lawyers know how to gather evidence and build a strong case for our clients. We believe that every victim should be fully compensated for someone else's negligence. If you or a loved one has been involved in a runaway trailer accident, call us today at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free evaluation.