Colorado Springs Truck Accident Lawyer
1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 300
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
Colorado Springs sits at the intersection of several major highways and
Interstate 25, the principle north-south highway of the Rocky Mountain
states. Because of its location, Colorado Springs sees a high level of
commercial trucking activity that becomes even heavier with farm vehicle
traffic in the fall harvest months. Because of these factors, it is inevitable
that truck-related accidents will occur.
When a truck accident occurs, it is always best to be represented by an
attorney who has experience in managing truck accident lawsuits. In Colorado
Springs, the truck accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm is ready to assist
you with your accidental injury claim.
Collecting Damages After a Truck Accident
Due to their size, truck accidents often involve serious injuries and extensive
damage to property. After such accidents, the injured party is entitled
to sue to recover damages suffered as a result of that accident. Damages
that may be awarded to an injured party after a truck accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Replacement or repair of the accident victim's automobile or other vehicle
- Replacement or repair of damaged personal or real (immovable, such as a
house or a building on private land) property
- Funeral and related legal expenses (probate costs) if an injury results
in a death
In many cases, damages caused by commercial trucking accidents are obviously
the fault of the truck's operator and liability is not disputed. What
is often a point of disagreement is the
amount of damages that are to be paid and it is this disagreement that often leads
to a lawsuit.
Time Limits for Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Colorado
In you are injured in a truck accident, or have damage to your private
property that is caused by a truck accident, you should be aware that
the State of Colorado has placed time limits on the filing of civil (non-criminal)
lawsuits that seek to recover compensation for damages. In general, these
time limits are:
- Personal injury: 3 years from the date of injury if the injury occurred
from the use or operation of a motor vehicle, otherwise 2 years from the
date of injury.
- Damage to personal property: if the damage was caused by the use or operation
of a motor vehicle, 3 years from the date the damage occurred.
- Wrongful death: 2 years from the date of death
There are some exceptions to these time limits, but such exceptions are
very technical and must be discussed with a personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a Colorado Springs Truck Accident Lawyer
Lawsuits involving commercial trucking operations tend to be more complex
that other personal injury / property damage claims because there is a
good chance that the truck's owner is in a state other than Colorado
and that the truck is registered out-of-state as well. In these cases,
claims for damages are usually handled by the trucking company's insurance carrier.
In any accident case, it is important to remember that "fault"
and "liability" mean two different things. "Fault"
is usually obvious from witness statements and accident reports while
"liability" (responsibility) must often be decided by a jury.
As an example, a truck may be unable to stop in time to avoid striking
an automobile. The truck and driver may be obviously at fault, but the
question of why the truck could not stop could be explained by a brake
failure or some other mechanical problem. In such cases, other parties
whose products may have failed are also responsible and thus share in
the liability for the accident.
The Colorado Springs truck accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm has handled
many truck accident cases and is experienced in conducting in-depth accident
investigations that have led to the identification of other, previously
unsuspected, problems and defects that contributed to an accident.
When you contact the
Colorado Springs truck accident lawyer at the Doan law Firm, your injury claim is evaluated by an experienced
accident attorney. If our lawyer feels that you have a valid injury claim,
we will offer to represent you and to cover any necessary expenses related
to the pre-trial investigation and preparation of your case in exchange
for a previously agreed-to percentage of your final settlement.
If you were injured in a trucking accident, do not agree to an insurance
company's settlement offer until you speak with the truck accident
lawyer at the Doan law Firm!
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. 1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 300 Colorado Springs,
Colorado 80920 (719) 822-0000