Colorado Springs Truck Accident Lawyer Who Fights For You
We handle commercial truck accident claims involving 18-wheelers
Truck accidents caused by commercial truck drivers can be complicated legal cases. Different state and federal laws often apply. More than one party may be responsible for your accident. In addition, each party might have one or several lawyers focused on one, single goal – paying you as little money as possible or nothing at all.
That’s not right. That’s why we want to work with you. When you have The Longo Firm, LLC on your side, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. Colorado Springs truck accident attorney Stephen A. Longo and his talented legal team have years of experience fighting for the rights of injury victims and their families. In case after case, we consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts. In one truck accident case, we secured $3.85 million in a case involving a head injury. Instead of insurance companies or trucking companies telling you what to do, you can set the agenda. You are in charge.
We’re not like other law firms. Attorney Longo personally answers his phone or calls clients right back. If you need to reach us at any time, you can call attorney Longo directly on his phone. We believe in being accessible on your terms. You have enough to worry about after a bad truck accident. We want you to be confident you chose the right law firm. We want to earn your trust.
What are common causes of truck accidents?
Accidents caused by truck drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) happen for many different reasons. In particular, accidents often occur because the driver was doing something they should not have been doing behind the wheel, including:
- Texting while driving, even though it’s against federal law for drivers with a CDL to text and drive at the same time.
- Looking up directions or talking to a dispatcher while driving.
- Eating while driving or engaging in other forms of distracted driving.
- Not taking a mandatory rest break as outlined in federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.
- Falling asleep at the wheel, especially in cases involving long-haul truckers driving cross-country.
- Speeding truck drivers who often cause serious, high-speed highway accidents.
- Inexperienced truck drivers who do not know how to safely operate a truck, resulting in a serious accident.
- Poorly maintained trucks that cause a crash due to a mechanical problem, including a tire blowout or a collision due to defective brakes.
Truck accidents happen for many reasons. Make sure you know exactly why your accident happened and what options are available to you. Talk to a lawyer who knows how to deal with complicated legal cases right away.
Who investigates truck accidents?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, several different local, state or federal agencies may be involved in the initial investigation of your accident. These agencies often include:
- The local police department with jurisdiction over where your accident took place.
- Colorado State Patrol, especially in cases involving highway truck accidents.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), particularly if your accident was serious or resulted in a fatality.
While one or more of these agencies are investigating your accident, the insurance companies for everyone involved will also likely conduct their own independent investigation. That’s because they are interested in determining who was at fault. This is because many states, including Colorado, have a fault-based insurance system. That means the at-fault party is responsible for financially compensating all injury victims.
This is why it’s important that you have a lawyer working for you investigating your accident, as well. If you don’t, you might not be part of the conversation about how your accident happened and who was at fault. As a result, you might not get the money you deserve if investigators determine you somehow caused your crash.
Your truck accident lawyer in Colorado Springs can review critical pieces of evidence related to your accident, including Hours of Service (HOS) logs and data from the truck’s black box, also known as an electronic control module (ECM) or event data recorder (EDR). This device records the speed the truck was going at the time of the collision, when the truck driver last took a break and if the driver applied the brakes before the crash.
Who’s responsible for paying for my accident expenses?
Under a fault-based insurance system, anyone found to be at fault is ultimately responsible for financially compensating all injury victims. In the case of a truck accident claim, this sometimes means you can seek compensation from one or more at-fault parties, including:
- The truck driver who caused your accident.
- The trucking company the truck driver works for, particularly if the trucking company hired a driver who was not properly licensed, had a history of causing similar accidents or was negligent in some other way.
- The company that loaded the truck, especially in the case of 18-wheeler accidents caused by the contents of the truck shifting, resulting in a rollover or jackknife accident.
- The company that manufactured the products inside the truck, especially if such products were not packaged properly and shifted while in transit, causing the truck to overturn.
- The insurance company representing the at-fault party.
These are just some of the companies that may be ultimately responsible for compensating you for your accident-related expenses. This is why it’s so important to have an attorney on your side who can thoroughly investigate your crash and determine who was at fault.
How much is my claim worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to commercial truck accident claims. Some might be worth thousands of dollars. Others can be worth significantly more. The bottom line is you should be compensated for all your accident-related expenses.
This might sound simple, but there’s often a lot of debate about the total value of an accident claim. Insurance companies for the at-fault party often try to make a case that your claim is worth far less than its true value. They do so by often only taking into account short-term expenses.
Experienced attorneys think long-term. They know that accident-related expenses often add up over time. Your lawyer can gather evidence in support of your claim and explain why you should receive more money for your accident.
Should I file a lawsuit?
Sometimes, the best way to get the money you deserve for your accident-related expenses is to file a lawsuit. This is especially true if the insurance company for the at-fault party refuses to negotiate and will not increase its initial settlement offer. Other times, insurance companies take an even more aggressive approach and deny your claim altogether.
If you decide to file a lawsuit, keep in mind that you can often chose where to file your suit. In the case of an accident caused by a commercial truck driver, your choices often include:
- The court that has jurisdiction over where your accident took place.
- The court that has jurisdiction over where the truck driver lives.
- The court that has jurisdiction over where you live.
- The court that has jurisdiction over where the trucking company is located.
Another important issue to keep in mind – you often only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. In most cases in Colorado, that deadline is three years from the date of your truck accident. If you miss that deadline, you could miss out on your only opportunity to obtain the compensation you need and deserve. This is why it’s critical that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.
Why should I hire a truck accident attorney at The Longo Firm, LLC?
We realize you have many choices when it comes to selecting the law firm to represent you after your truck accident. That’s why we welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and to work tirelessly on your behalf.
We believe we’re the right law firm to represent you for many different reasons, including:
- Our attention to detail when investigating truck accident claims.
- Our experience dealing with trucking companies in such situations.
- Our in-depth knowledge of state and federal trucking laws, including Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a collection of federal laws governing commercial truck drivers.
- Our ability to analyze accident reports and inspection records.
- Our network of experts we frequently consult with in such complex cases.
- Our exceptional negotiating skills when dealing with insurance companies and trucking companies.
- Our fearless courtroom tactics if you decide to file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
- Our outstanding track record of success in obtaining sizable settlements and verdicts.
- Our personal commitment to serve your legal needs on your terms.
Your case is about more than just money. It’s about making sure you receive the attention you deserve after your accident. It’s about earning your trust and your respect. It’s about holding whoever caused your crash accountable for their actions. It’s about justice.
Demand justice after your truck accident. Contact our law firm.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your truck accident. The sooner we can start working with you, the stronger your case will likely be. We know what needs to be done and we’re prepared to work tirelessly for you. That’s why we’re the law firm people routinely choose after a serious truck accident in Colorado. Read our testimonials. See our case results. You can count on us in a crisis.
Take a stand after your accident. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation at our office in Colorado Springs. Truck accident lawyer Stephen Longo and his legal team work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay us if we secure a financial settlement or verdict for you. It’s that simple.
The Longo Firm – here for you when you need us most.