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When trucks are involved in accidents with other road users, the results can be catastrophic. According to 2019 statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles, ninety-seven percent of the deaths occurred in occupants of passenger vehicles. Surviving victims of truck accidents often suffer from catastrophic injuries that change their lives permanently. Traumatic brain injury, severe burns, amputations, and spinal cord injuries are common among victims of truck accidents. These injuries require intensive, long-term medical care and major adjustments to a person’s lifestyle and ability to earn a living.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need monetary compensation to deal with the consequences of your injury. A truck accident attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries. To find out more about how an attorney can help you, contact the Longmont truck accident injury attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee for more information.
Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee
- Fuicelli & Lee is an accomplished personal injury law firm, representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else’s reckless or careless actions.
- We service all of Colorado. We offer virtual case management from initial consultation through settlement if that is what the client desires. We are tech-forward – text, e-signing, and emailing are key components of our virtual case management.
- We have obtained over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. In addition to winning full and fair compensation for our clients, we frequently win excess verdicts – verdicts that exceed insurance proceeds.
If you were injured in a truck accident caused by the negligent actions of another person, we can help you. We offer a free consultation to assess the merits of your case. Our firm is very selective about the cases we accept, so if we do not believe wholeheartedly in the merits of your case, we will tell you right away. We do not want to waste your time or give you false hope. Call us today at (720) 494-0444 to schedule your free initial consultation.
Colorado Reckless and Careless Driving Laws
The state of Colorado has reckless and careless driving laws in recognition of the need to protect the public from reckless and careless drivers.
Reckless Driving in Colorado
Colorado state law defines reckless driving as the driving of a motor vehicle in a manner that shows a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of people or property. Anything done willfully is done intentionally or purposefully. A wanton disregard is when a person recognizes and understands the danger in their risky behavior, but chooses to take on the risk anyway. Reckless driving could include speeding, texting while driving, driving while drunk, and generally disobeying road traffic regulations.
Careless Driving in Colorado
According to Colorado state careless driving law, a person who drives a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner is guilty of careless driving. Driving without consideration for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, the use of the road, and all other related circumstances is careless driving.
Negligence is an area of law that holds people accountable for their behavior in certain circumstances when they cause injury to another person. Every person in society is expected to behave in a way that does not cause harm to another person. But every person is not responsible for the injuries of every other person in the entire world. The people we owe a duty to are those who we can reasonably foresee will be impacted by our behavior. If you are a driver, you can reasonably foresee that your actions will impact other road users and so you owe them a duty of care.
If that duty of care is breached, and the breach causes injury to a person, the injured person may be entitled to compensation from the person who breached their duty of care. They would have to show that the breach of duty was the legal cause of their injury, and that they suffered actual losses as a result of their injury.
All vehicle operators owe a duty of care to other road users to ensure the safety of lives and property. They are all expected to abide by road rules and regulations and use their good judgment in operating their vehicles.
Negligence Per Se
With negligence per se, a truck accident injured victim does not need to prove the first two elements of negligence. The violation of a law which imposes a duty or prohibits a certain action for the benefit of the public or a certain class of people is enough to establish the duty of care and the breach of duty.
The question that must be established under negligence per se is whether the injured person was within the class of persons whom the law intended to benefit and protect.
Finally, as with negligence, the injured victim of the accident must prove that the violation of the law was the proximate or legal cause of their injury.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Get?
Although it is impossible to predict the exact amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries, there are certain factors that can help in determining an estimate. Factors include the severity of your injuries, insurance limits, and limits on non-economic damages in Colorado.
In Colorado, truck owners are required to have insurance coverage in the following amounts:
- $50,000 for property damages
- $100,000 for bodily injury or death of one person as a result of one accident
- $300,000 for bodily injury or death of all persons as a result of one accident
Insurance may also put a cap on the amount that health and medical providers can charge, which may also affect how much you can recover.
Why You Should Contact a Longmont Truck Accident Attorney
Whether you choose to settle your claim or go to court, it is best that you have a truck accident attorney in your corner. The parties responsible for your injury will do their best to limit their liability and how much they have to pay you in compensation. The burden is on the injured victim to prove their losses. An experienced Longmont truck accident lawyer understands the laws and has access to resources that can provide evidence and expert testimony to back up your claims.
If you need to speak with a Longmont truck accident attorney, call Fuicelli & Lee today at (720) 494-0444 to schedule your free initial consultation with our personal injury lawyers.