Teller County Truck Accident Attorneys
Compensation After a Big Rig Crash
It's not surprising that Teller County sees a significant amount of truck traffic each year. Large trucks make deliveries to the many homes and businesses in Teller County, carry cargo to and from manufacturers, and travel through the city as they move between the U.S. coasts.
Large trucks come in multiple sizes and configurations, from 16-foot box trucks to tractor-trailers that may be 52 feet long or more. One thing all trucks have in common, however, is the potential to cause serious injuries if they collide with a car, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist on the streets and highways of Teller County. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets weight limits for large trucks. Generally, the smallest semi trucks are around 10,000 pounds, while a fully-loaded tractor-trailer may legally weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. Compare this to the size of the average passenger vehicle, which weighs in at 3,500 pounds, or just over 1.5 tons.
In the catastrophic event a big truck collides with a small car, those in the smaller vehicle often suffer severe harm. The skilled Teller County accident lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. are dedicated to helping those who have suffered serious injuries in a truck crash and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case.
Causes of Truck Accidents
A Teller County truck crash might have one cause or multiple causes that, when combined, led to a serious collision occurring. According to the FMCSA, some common causes of truck crashes include:
- Driver error. Truck drivers are often professionals, but even they can make mistakes that cause serious crashes, like overcorrecting the steering or failing to hit the brakes in time to avoid rear-ending another car.
- Driver fatigue. Truck drivers are at a higher risk for fatigue because their job is to stay behind the wheel for up to 11 hours per day. When a driver decides to “push through" the sleepiness to finish a trip, or a trucking company orders its drivers to stay on the road past the 11-hour deadline, serious crashes can result.
- Truck breakdown. Like all vehicles subject to heavy use, trucks need constant inspection and regular maintenance. When inspections or maintenance are skipped or when a truck part has a hidden defect, the truck's safety suffers - and so do those involved in any crash that results.
- Cargo problems. A truck's job is to carry cargo, and cargo of all kinds needs to be properly secured in order to avoid shifting or breaking during the trip that may result in an accident. If cargo is not properly secured, or if the equipment used to secure it is defective, escaping cargo may cause an accident.
- Dangerous roadways. Broken pavement, too-steep curves, low bridges, missing guardrails, or insufficient signals at intersections are but a few examples of dangerous roadway conditions that might lead to a truck crash.
Teller County Lawyers Rebuilding Your Life After a Truck Accident
If you've been injured in a truck or car crash in Teller County, you may be struggling simply to function from day to day. Fighting for compensation from a truck company or another at-fault party may feel impossible. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our experienced truck accident lawyers are dedicated to lightening your burden - not adding to it-and understand the difficulties you may face as you recover. We'll help you every step of the way following a truck accident, so that you can get the compensation you need and focus on getting well. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation about your truck accident case by calling (719) 475-2555.