Following a truck accident, victims may struggle to start putting their lives back together, and they will likely have a lot of questions regarding their options for recovery.
In fact, those hurt in a truck accident, as well as families who have lost loved ones to deadly accidents, may need answers and advice regarding who is liable for an accident and what to do next to get on the path to financial recovery.
To provide victims with some insight regarding their rights and possible options follow truck accidents, below are answers to some frequently asked questions about truck accident cases.
Do you need more specific answers about your case? Contact an attorney at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C., to schedule a free initial consultation. Call our Denver office or contact us online.
How is fault for a truck accident determined?
Fault determinations following truck accidents typically require investigations into whether any involved motorists broke any traffic laws and/or were acting negligently or carelessly immediately prior to the collision — such as talking on a cellphone or driving while intoxicated.
While police reports and witness accounts can be helpful in making fault determinations, sometimes experts — like accident reconstructionists or others — may be needed to pinpoint fault following a truck accident.
Who can be held liable for my injuries?
In general, some of the parties who are commonly at fault for causing truck accidents include but may not be limited to:
Truck drivers or other motorists
Vehicle equipment manufacturers
The parties responsible for roadway construction and/or maintenance
How long do victims have to file truck accident cases in Colorado?
Two years from the date on which the accident occurred. This time frame is known as the statute of limitations. Trying to file a truck accident case after this statute of limitation has expired can result in a dismissal of victims’ cases.
Here it should also be noted that the sooner victims’ move forward with their truck accident cases, the better. This is generally because evidence for an accident — like photographs or witnesses’ accounts — can get lost or become unavailable over time, potentially making it more difficult for victims to prove negligence or the extent of their damages in the future.
How long do truck accident cases take to resolve?
There is no definitive answer to this question because:
Every truck accident case is different.
The details of a given accident or case will impact how complicated that case is.
This, in turn, can affect how long it takes for that case to be resolved.
While you can get professional advice regarding the complexity of your truck accident case by contacting one of our attorneys, what we can tell you here is that the following factors are just some of the possible issues that can complicate truck accident cases and, consequently, increase the chances they will take longer to resolve:
Multiple victims and/or liable parties
Insurance companies debating or challenging the causes of the accident or the nature of victims’ injuries
Trucking companies and/or vehicle equipment manufacturers being defendants in these cases
Defendants being unwilling to negotiate or resolve cases outside of court
Do victims really need a lawyer to help them file truck accident cases?
Yes, they do need a lawyer if they are serious about protecting their rights and obtaining the best possible outcomes for these cases. The fact is that truck accident cases can be complicated, and victims may need to focus on their physical recoveries instead of dealing with complex legal matters. It can be less stressful for victims to have an experienced lawyer represent them and handle:
Gathering all of the necessary documents and evidence
Crafting the strongest possible cases
Holding negligent parties accountable
Negotiating with at-fault parties and their insurers
Securing the full amount of compensation to which victims are entitled
While our lawyers know that no amount of money can ever compensate people for permanent injuries or the death of a loved one, we also are aware that financial recoveries can be essential to helping victims with their physical and/or psychological recoveries. That is why our lawyers are tenacious about helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve.