Investigating a truck accident is not the same as investigating a regular car accident. Commercial semi trucks and tractor trailers have sophisticated “black boxes,” which record important data right before the accident. If this data is not quickly downloaded, it may be deleted or overwritten. This requires hiring an expert knowledgeable in downloading and interpreting this black box data right away.
Investigating these accidents also requires a deep familiarity with the numerous safety regulations that apply to these commercial rigs, like 18 wheelers and other large transport vehicles. The rules that apply to commercial vehicles and their drivers are much more extensive and complicated than the regulations that apply to smaller passenger vehicles.
Hiring an attorney who is not
familiar with these commercial vehicle regulations is like hiring a chef
to interpret the IRS tax code.
is scary but not surprising. There are literally thousands of safety
regulations that apply to the drivers, the company, or both. For
example, there are rules that require a semi-truck driver to routinely
inspect his/her vehicle, submit to drug and alcohol testing, be
medically examined and certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle,
and never drive more than 11 hours at a time and only after 10
consecutive hours of being off duty. There are also regulations that
require trucking companies to hire only the safest and most qualified
The problem is that far too often these commercial vehicle companies and their drivers fail to comply with these regulations either willfully or because they are simply ignorant of the safety rules they need to follow. Either way, when a truck driver and his/her company fail to follow the rules of the road, it puts the motoring public in danger and can lead to serious accidents on our Colorado roads.
In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (an increase of 18% from 2011), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seventy-eight percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks, like 18 wheelers, occurred on weekdays, with 72% occurring between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Truck accidents can lead to devastating personal injuries because of their massive size and weight. Semi tractor trailers typically weigh about 25,000 to 30,000 pounds but can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds loaded (that’s 40 tons of metal screaming down the highway). Even a large passenger SUV, which weighs about 4,000 pounds (2 tons), won’t give you much protection from that much metal.
is why there are numerous Federal and State safety regulations which do
NOT apply to regular passenger vehicles but DO apply to owners and operators
of semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. These regulations
are specifically designed to keep Colorado roads safe.
At Gama Law Firm, LLC, our goal is to make Colorado drivers safer by holding truck drivers and truck companies responsible for their careless and negligent behavior. If you've been injured by a commercial vehicle and have medical bills,
pain and suffering, and lost wages, call Mr. Gama now for a FREE
CONSULTATION. There is no obligation to hire him after the call so you have nothing to lose.