Colorado Truck Accident Lawyer You Can Trust
Attorney Stephen A. Longo can tackle your claim
Commercial trucks accidents in Colorado involving other vehicles often result in serious injuries. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a traumatic brain injury or another type of injury due to a reckless truck driver. Whether it’s a tractor-trailer, a delivery truck or another large commercial vehicle, you might need extensive medical care and be unable to work for weeks or months or perhaps even longer.
When this happens, it’s important for injury victims to talk to a lawyer right away. That’s because the financial stakes can be significant when it comes to commercial vehicle accidents. Insurance providers and trucking companies know this. As a result, they often do everything they can to pay injury victims as little as possible or nothing at all.
That’s not right. That’s why we want to meet with you. At The Longo Firm, LLC, we understand what you’re going through. Attorney Stephen A. Longo and his talented legal team have years of experience handling complex cases throughout Colorado. As your lawyer, he can build the strongest possible legal case and demand the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
How did your truck accident happen?
Accidents caused by commercial truck drivers often occur due to their reckless or negligent behavior. In your particular case, you could be dealing with an accident that happened for any number of reasons, including:
- Distracted driving, including looking up directions while driving, talking with a dispatcher or even texting while driving, even though that’s illegal nationwide for commercial truck drivers.
- Speeding, especially in cases involving highway truck accidents. Truck drivers face a lot of pressure to deliver products on time. As a result, many drivers go too fast and don’t have the time or space to avoid crashing into another car.
- Falling asleep at the wheel, especially long-haul truckers who work long hours and drive across the country on busy interstates like I-25 and I-70 in Colorado.
- Inexperienced truck drivers who misjudge how fast they should be going while driving around a corner or not leaving enough space to slow down, resulting in a rear-end accident.
- Poorly maintained trucks, especially ones with defective brakes or bald tires, resulting in a tire blowout or jackknife truck accident.
Whatever type of truck accident you’re dealing with in Colorado, don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Get the help you need. Talk to attorney Longo right now.
Who determines who was at fault?
Depending on where your accident took place and the severity of the crash, commercial truck accidents in Colorado are often investigated by one or more of the following parties:
- Local police
- Colorado State Patrol, especially in cases involving highway truck accidents.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), particularly in cases involving serious or fatal truck accidents
Once they reach their conclusion, insurance companies often get involved and have their say about who was at fault. Insurance companies – especially for the at-fault party – are very concerned about who gets blamed for causing the collision. That’s because at-fault party’s insurance company must pay for all the accident-related expenses for injury victims in Colorado. This is due to the state’s fault-based insurance system, in which the at-fault party is responsible for compensating all injury victims.
This is why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side who can be part of the conversation. Your lawyer can deal directly with insurance companies and make sure your side of the story gets the attention you rightfully deserve.
Who can I sue if a truck driver caused my accident?
In many cases, you can file a lawsuit or take other legal action in response to your truck accident. What matters most is you need to clearly demonstrate who caused your crash. The at-fault party in your truck accident could include one or more of the following:
- The truck driver who caused your collision.
- The trucking company the truck driver works for, especially if the company knowingly hired a truck driver with a history of reckless driving or other infractions.
- The company that loaded the truck, especially if the contents of the truck were loaded improperly and not properly secured.
- The company that packaged the products in the truck, especially if the contents in the truck shifted and caused the truck to jackknife or rollover.
Many different parties could be to blame for your truck accident. Your lawyer can carefully investigate your crash, identify who was at fault and demand compensation from them for your accident-related expenses.
How can a lawyer help me?
It’s important to realize that the financial impact of your truck accident can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more. This is why trucking companies and insurance companies representing them and the at-fault truck driver often hire several attorneys to defend their actions and deny your claim.
We can help you level the playing field and demand the money you rightfully deserve. We can do this by taking strong legal action on your behalf, including:
- Carefully review your official Colorado accident report.
- Investigate whether the truck driver or the trucking company violated any state or federal trucking laws, including Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the rules governing trucking company and commercial truck drivers overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Review the trucking company’s maintenance records to see when the truck was last serviced or underwent a safety check.
- Demand access to the truck’s so-called “black box,” which is also known as an electronic control module or an event data recorder. This device contains important information that could be used as evidence in support of your claim. This includes the speed the truck was traveling at the time of the accident, if the driver attempted to slow down and when the driver last took a mandatory break before the accident.
- Present our findings to the trucking company, its insurance company or any at-fault party and negotiate a settlement offer on your behalf.
- If they refuse to negotiate, we can file a lawsuit or take other legal action on your behalf.
We understand the urgency and the seriousness of your legal case. Trucking companies only have to keep certain information, including black box data, for a few months. Other important evidence might be lost or destroyed if you wait to take legal action. Plus, you only have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit in Colorado in most cases. Don’t miss out on your only opportunity to demand the money you deserve. Call our Colorado Springs firm right now.
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You’ll notice the difference the first time you deal with us. In many cases, attorney Longo personally answers our phone. If you don’t talk to him when you call, he will personally call you right back right away. As your lawyer, you can also reach him directly on his cellphone anytime you have a question about your case. We work this way because we believe it’s important to be accessible to our clients on their terms.
Get the law firm that gets you. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today. Attorney Longo can answer your questions, explain your options and work with you to create a strategy that suits your particular circumstances. Your case is about more than just money. For us, it’s about helping you get your life back on track.
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