Longmont Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered harm in a Longmont truck accident, we can help you pursue financial recovery for your pain and suffering. Large trucks, including semi-trucks, delivery trucks, moving trucks, and commercial trucks, can significantly injure people in smaller vehicles or even those not in vehicles, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. These injuries often lead to steep medical expenses, extensive recovery time, and possibly lifelong complications.
When you hire a Longmont truck accident lawyer from Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC to represent you, we can work on your case promptly without upfront attorney’s fees or costs. You can start with a free case consultation where we review your accident and advise you on your legal options for compensation and possible next steps.How Our Longmont Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You
Truck accidents, particularly those involving large, heavy vehicles, present unique challenges that make them different from other motor vehicle collisions. Our Longmont truck accident attorneys can manage your entire case and handle any legal challenges.
This means we will handle all communications, including those with the insurer, paperwork, case filings, and everything else while you focus on your recovery.
We will provide guidance from the time we review your case until we resolve it. In addition, we will explain all laws applying to your case and any case developments.We Will Protect Your Rights as We Take on the Insurance Company
Receiving a fair settlement from an insurance company can be challenging in any personal injury case. The insurers in your case could possibly deny your claim and refuse to accept responsibility for their policyholder’s errors.
They also could say you caused the collision or largely contributed to it and disagree on whether your injuries and costs are what you claim them to be. They could also delay your insurance claim.
Our Longmont truck accident attorneys are familiar with tactics insurers use. We know what to do if we encounter any of these as we pursue your compensation. We can negotiate for an out-of-court settlement. If we cannot settle your case, we can file a civil lawsuit on your behalf.We Will Investigate the Accident and Establish Liability and Negligence
Our truck accident attorneys will review your crash to determine what happened in Longmont and establish who to hold accountable for the collision. As we work to build a case for compensation against those responsible, we can send a spoliation letter to the trucking company to preserve time-sensitive evidence crucial to proving their negligence.
Such evidence includes data from the truck’s black box or electronic data recorder, dashcam footage from the truck, the driver’s logbooks and personnel records, any mandatory post-accident drug test results, and more. We can also:
- Speak with other affected passengers and accident witnesses
- Obtain and review the official police report documenting what happened
- Review video footage and photos from the Longmont accident site
- Interview expert witnesses, such as an accident reconstructionist who can re-create the scene, so we understand how the crash occurred
- Review your medical records and talk with your doctors and other medical professionals who treated your injuries
Commercial truck accidents in Longmont could have multiple parties that caused or contributed to an accident, another reason these cases can be complicated. Our injury attorney can identify them based on how the crash unfolded. While a truck driver hit you, others could owe you damages for the accident. These possible parties include:
- The truck driver’s employer or contractor
- The manufacturer of the truck or the truck's mechanical parts
- The cargo-loading crew hired to load the truck
- The company that repairs or regularly performs the truck’s maintenance
- The city, county, or town responsible for the road’s maintenance where the crash occurred
- Another party who contributed to the accident, such as another driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist
Determining how your accident happened will point us toward establishing who is liable for your losses. As we investigate the accident, we could discover any of the following, which are common factors in truck accident cases:Overloaded Vehicles
A commercial truck traveling on Longmont’s roads can legally hold up to 80,000 pounds of gross weight, per the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If the truck is overloaded with cargo or if the cargo is loaded the wrong way, it could shift or loosen to the point where it’s unsecured, putting the driver and every road user around them in harm’s way.
In this example, cargo loading crews or employees of a company could be held accountable for a crash.Truck Driver Error
Many truck accidents occur because of errors drivers make while operating the vehicle. These include driving while distracted, such as with a cell phone, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and driving while tired. Truckers log long hours on the road. If they do not get the required rest, they risk falling asleep or misjudging while driving.
Truck drivers can also make errors if they lack the proper training. They could err when attempting to maneuver the truck a certain way or fail to check their cargo loads or their truck’s equipment. All truck drivers must have the proper commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate a truck legally in Colorado and anywhere in the United States.
If they don’t, a truck company could be liable for their drivers not having the proper licensing. They also could be liable for failing to hire qualified drivers.Malfunctioning Truck Parts, Equipment
Crashes can happen when truck equipment fails, such as faulty brakes, defective or worn tires, or a poorly maintained engine. A maintenance team is responsible for repairing and replacing bad parts and ensuring all truck parts operate optimally.
Part manufacturers can be held liable if their products are defective, and mechanics or repair companies can face liability if an investigation finds they did not maintain the trucks properly.Recoverable Damages in a Longmont Truck Accident Case
It is widely documented that passengers and passenger car vehicles suffer more harm from large commercial trucks. As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes, people riding in smaller passenger vehicles often suffer severe injuries in accidents involving large trucks. Sometimes, these injuries are fatal.
Significant bodily injuries can result in long-term recovery, meaning expensive medical bills, missed time at work, and pain and suffering that make daily living harder. Many truck accident victims want to know how much compensation they could recover.
Before we can determine that, we review all your losses and their outcomes for the short and long term. You likely have financial and non-financial damages our Longmont truck accident lawyers can request from the liable party.
Financial damages include:
- Medical expenses, including those for emergency care, surgeries, and prescription medications
- Ongoing therapy and rehabilitation services (e.g., physical therapy)
- Lost income during your recovery time
- Lost or reduced earning ability if you cannot work or return to work after the accident
- Vehicle or home modifications to accommodate accident-related disabilities
- Other accident-related expenses
Non-financial damages, which do not have a dollar amount, include:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Physical disabilities
- Mental health disorders
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a truck accident in Longmont, we can advise you on whether you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation. This monetary award helps surviving family members cover their loved one’s final medical bills and funeral and burial expenses.
They also could receive lost income a family member would have contributed to the household. We can review wrongful death actions with you during a free case consultation.Colorado’s Statute of Limitations for Injury Cases
We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as you can after a Longmont truck accident to protect your right to sue. In Colorado, injured parties generally have three years to file a lawsuit for compensation, per CO Rev Stat § 13-80-101.
We can advise you on your case’s specific timeline and if any exceptions apply to your situation during a free evaluation of your case.
Because we work on contingency, we can start working for you right away. We receive our payment as an agreed-upon percentage of your settlement if we recover compensation for you. If we don’t, you do not owe us anything.Call Us Today for Help with a Longmont Truck Accident Case
Large truck accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. If you or a loved one is recovering from such a collision, you deserve to receive compensation that can help you rebuild your life.
A Longmont truck accident lawyer with Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC is ready to start on your case immediately. We will work to protect your rights and interests as we determine who you can pursue for damages. You should not have to pay for an accident you did not cause in either Boulder or Weld County. You can reach us at 303-543-1000 now for a free case consultation.