Commercial truck drivers have special training and adhere to safety regulations governing when and how they drive. Unfortunately, truckers and trucking companies sometimes ignore these regulations in an effort to maximize profits by meeting delivery deadlines. Truckers may pilot ten-ton vehicles on little sleep or after taking substances to stay awake. Other times, trucking companies fail to maintain brakes, tires, lights, and other equipment, putting drivers and other motorists at risk of a serious accident. Federal statistics have revealed that large trucks are only 3% of the vehicles on roads but encompass over 12% of traffic fatalities.
Dealing with severe personal injury is difficult, but what makes the injuries even more upsetting is the fact that they could have, and should have, been prevented. These accidents happen for any number of reasons, including failure to properly maintain the semi-truck, defective auto parts, careless and inattentive driving, use of controlled substances while driving, and driver fatigue.
Damages After a Colorado Truck Accident
Once you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the initial concern is physical well-being and damage to your property. The next concern should be your rights. What does your insurance cover and to what extent? The Colorado truck accident lawyers at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, act quickly and wisely on behalf of our clients in the hours, days, and weeks after a collision. Your needs will be our concerns when we represent you in a personal injury claim or lawsuit after an accident with a truck.
Other than going or being transported to an emergency room, many people may not know where to turn next for medical treatment following an automobile accident. Colorado law requires that automobile insurance companies offer their policyholders medical-payments coverage that will pay up to at least $5,000 in medical bills, regardless of who caused the accident. In order to opt out of this coverage, a policy holder must do so in writing. Most people do not even realize they have this coverage or how to go about obtaining payments under their medical-payment coverage. Medical-payment coverage may be quickly exhausted in the first few weeks after an accident. If you have private health insurance or Medicare or Medicaid coverage, that will typically pay for medical treatment after an accident, although most health insurers and Medicare and Medicaid have the right to be reimbursed.
Without health insurance or sufficient medical-payment coverage, the only option for most automobile accident victims is to obtain medical treatment on liens, meaning the victims sign agreements to pay the medical bills from the potential recovery by settlement or verdict on the case. Not all doctors and other healthcare providers will see patients on this basis. The truck accident attorneys at Bowman & Chamberlain are able to arrange medical treatment on liens for most of our clients when there is no insurance coverage available to pay the bills as they are incurred.
Most people know they are entitled to recovery for their lost wages, but what they tend to overlook is that they are also entitled to be compensated for their lost earning potential. Being compensated for lost wages is contingent upon your inability to work due to pain or injury resulting from the accident. The only way to prove this is to visit your doctor as soon as possible following the accident. It is important that your doctor provide a written statement attesting to the fact that you are unable to work because of the accident you were involved in.
If you are out of work for a long time, you should take steps to see your doctor as often as possible, maintaining a careful record of each visit. This will demonstrate your injury has required consistent care and attention, and that your doctor has continually re-evaluated you in regards to your ability to return to work.
Contact our Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers
At Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, we understand the devastating effects of a truck accident. We are prepared to build a case that effectively seeks the compensation you need to put your life back together. If you have been involved in a truck accident and sustained personal injuries, contact an attorney at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, for free. When you retain our firm, we immediately begin the process of investigating your accident and filing the accident injury claims to obtain the financial compensation you need. We work with you to find out what it will take to get you to pre-accident conditions. Because of our experience in personal injury law, our attorneys have developed a wide network of resources that can help you improve. Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation for you. You owe no attorney’s fees unless we win for you.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, contact our Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers by calling 720.863.6904 or email us for your free consultation. Our lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including Car Accidents,Bicycle Accidents, Bike Accidents, Motorcycle Collisions, Pedestrian Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents, Dog Bite Accidents, and any other form of personal injury in Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Commerce City, Lakewood, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and other parts of metropolitan Denver, Colorado.