Colorado and Wyoming present some challenging driving conditions compared to other states. The weather can change within minutes, bringing blizzard-like conditions. Going through mountain passes can require driving over black ice, traveling through high winds, and avoiding inexperienced drivers who are not used to driving in dangerous conditions. Even experienced truck drivers are not immune to Colorado and Wyoming's road conditions, resulting in hundreds of trucking accidents every year causing injury to other drivers and pedestrians.
Trucking Accidents in Colorado
Every day, thousands of trucks pass through Colorado and Wyoming's towns and cities. They may be picking up or dropping off goods within the state or passing through along I-70 or I-25. Just like any other driver, truckers can be involved in an accident. Because of the mass and size of a truck, the damage to other vehicles and people can be significant.
There are a number of causes of trucking accidents. Some accidents are caused by equipment malfunction or brake failure. Others are caused by improper training and improper loading of the truck payloads. Accidents are also caused by unsafe driving including speeding, following too close, distracted driving, drowsy driving, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
And when a truck driver makes the same mistake any other driver could make, the dynamics of a truck accident can make the consequences more serious. The average car in America weighs about 4,000 pounds. Semis with cargo can weigh more than 10 times that amount. That added weight may make a semi truck take longer to come to a complete stop. It also puts added strain on the vehicle while traveling downhill.
Trucks are also more top-heavy than passenger vehicles. As a result, they may be more likely to tip over going around a corner, especially in a sharp turn or bad road conditions. Even at low speed, a truck with an uneven payload may cause the cargo to tip over when going around a tight corner.
Tractor trailers have a much larger profile, making them more prone to wind gusts across the roadway. Colorado averages almost 60 tornadoes a year and snow storms can bring heavy winds to the mountains. Strong winds, snow, icy conditions, and inexperienced driving can cause a truck to crash, often involving other cars.
Truck Accident Injuries and Damages
Injuries and damages resulting from a trucking accident depend on a number of factors, including the speed of the vehicles involved and nature of the crash. In many cases, a driver and their passengers can be trapped in their vehicle following an accident with a truck. This can make the accident more serious if the individuals are not able to get out of their vehicle, and have to wait for emergency crews to extract them.
Trucking accident injuries can include burn injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and facial trauma, requiring emergency medical treatment. However, even minor injuries can require medical attention. Neck and back injuries can be difficult to diagnose. A driver may feel fine, then days later be unable to get out of bed because of stiffness and pain.
After an accident, the victim may have a difficult time dealing with the trucking company and their insurance company while trying to recover from the accident. The trucking company may try and claim that the victim is at fault for the accident. By contacting an experienced Colorado and Wyoming trucking accident attorney, your attorney will deal with the trucking company and insurance company so you don't have to. They will fight to get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Colorado Trucking Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the Olson Law Firm will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We will provide you with the personal attention you expect and deserve and always keep the lines of communication open. It is our dedication and commitment that makes the Olson Law Firm one of Colorado and Wyoming's preeminent law firms. Contact our office today.