I-70 was closed in both directions for several hours on the morning of March 4th, 2018. A collision between a semi-truck and a pickup near the I-25 exit on eastbound I-70 resulted in the semi catching fire. The driver of the semi did not survive the accident. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene but was apprehended by authorities later in the day. According to DPS, the driver of the pickup is being charged with vehicular manslaughter. The case is, however, still under open and active investigation.
Certainly, from outward appearances, this seems to be a fairly cut-and-dry case. Appearances can be deceiving, however, and it is vital that you have any accident – even one you are being accused of causing – investigated by an experienced truck accident lawyer. Without an investigation, many of the factors leading to collision may remain overlooked and you may be cheated out of fair compensation for your injuries.
There are often multiple parties involved in truck accident cases. Several of these parties may not even be in the vicinity of the accident, yet their actions may have played a decisive role in your injury. Commonly, parties involved in truck accident litigation include:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Parts manufacturers
- Safety equipment manufacturers
- Government entities
Factors such as unrealistic schedules forcing drivers to ignore drive-time regulations, poorly packed or secured loads, faulty brakes, and driver actions can combine to create dangerous circumstances. These and similar factors must be thoroughly investigated to fully determine where fault should lie.
The Denver personal injury lawyers at Leventhal Sar LLC are here to listen to your account of your accident, discuss your next steps, and help you choose the best way to move forward.
Colorado adheres to a statute of comparative negligence. This means that even if you played a role in causing an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages you have suffered. There is a catch, however: if it is determined that fault is equally shared, neither party is eligible for compensation. If it is determined that you played a role in your accident, but less than 50%, you may be eligible for compensation. This compensation will be diminished, sometimes significantly, by the impact your actions played in the severity of the crash.
What portion of your accident are you responsible for? Without the help of an experienced car accident attorney, you may never actually know. Unfortunately, this can translate to your being awarded less than you are due. In some cases, it may even result in a complete denial of your claim. Our attorneys can work to help prevent this and are prepared to take qualifying cases as far as needed to help secure proper compensation.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Denver or surrounding areas of Colorado, please call Leventhal Sar LLC at 720.667.3030 to schedule a consultation today. Our Denver car accident lawyers serve all Metro communities as well as those along the I-25 Front Range Corridor and the I-70 Mountain Corridor.