Semi trucks on Colorado's roadways are not an unusual sight. These massive vehicles can be seen zooming down interstates and around tight mountainous roads on a daily basis. Fortunately, these vehicles are often driven with care. However, far too often they are driven negligently which puts other motorists in harm's way. When a negligent trucker causes a car accident, the results can be catastrophic. Physical injuries, emotional damages, and financial losses are all very real possibilities in the aftermath of these crashes.One reason truck accidents are so devastating is because their size can destroy vehicles and anything or anybody inside. This is why truckers need to be aware of the increased stopping distances that are necessary to bring such a huge vehicle to a safe stop. Whereas a car may only be up to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 4000 pounds, a semi-truck can be as long as 53 feet and weigh as much is 80,000 pounds. This means that a semi truck traveling at 65 mph will require 525 feet in order to come to a complete stop compared to just 316 feet for the average passenger vehicle. Truckers who fail to take this increased distance into account can wind up rear ending slowed or stopped traffic, or even hitting a pedestrian.There are many factors that contribute to stopping distance. Reaction time is one of the biggest. Therefore, a trucker who is intoxicated, distracted, or fatigued may require an even greater distance in order to come to a stop. As most people realize, there are some instances where no amount of distance will allow a trucker to stop safely. Truckers you fall asleep at the wheel, for example, will not even know when to hit the brakes. They will simply slam into whatever is in their way.That simple thought is terrifying, but it is one that far too many individuals have had to live through. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, while about money, is also about much more. Many people who are successful on these claims find that imposing liability provides them with a sense of justice and closure. Therefore, those who have been injured in a truck accident should carefully consider whether to take legal action as compensation, accountability, and closure may be available.
Earlier in November we discussed the types of evidence that can be used to support a personal injury lawsuit following an auto accident. In short, the evidence used, whether direct or circumstantial, must seek to show that the defendant was negligent and that his or her negligence caused the accident and injuries in question. Witness testimony, documentary evidence from sources such as accident investigations and accident scene photos can all be enormously beneficial. So, too, can expert testimony that helps a judge and jury better understand the facts that have been presented in court. For example, an expert may be able to clarify the speed at which a vehicle was traveling prior to impact based on tire marks on the road.
Drunk driving continues to be a problem nation-wide. While this issue affects Coloradoans, motorists in our state are also put at risk by those who are driving while impaired by legal drugs, whether it be marijuana or legally obtained prescription pain killers. Regardless of the substance used, impairment can significantly affect one's driving ability, which places other motorists at risk of being unexpectedly involved in a serious accident.
When one person's lack of due care causes injury to another person, the injured person may have a claim against the allegedly careless person for negligence. This is the legal principle underlying personal injury suits arising from auto accidents in Colorado. Why are these lawsuits sometimes successful and other times not successful? The result can hinge on the evidence presented. This blog post will explore this issue in a little more detail.
Auto accidents are a leading cause of death in America, and they can wreak devastation on Alamosa families. The injury or loss of a loved one - a parent, a child, a spouse - can be terrible. Hospital bills can add up quickly, and lost wages can make it that much harder to keep one's head above water. Motor vehicles can be very dangerous things, and our legal system recognizes that drivers must exercise caution while driving to prevent injurious and deadly accidents.
Many drivers feel angry when someone cuts them off abruptly or when someone is driving too close behind them. However, being angry is one thing and acting on that anger is another. According to an article published by The Denver Post, the state of Colorado has been ranked number two in the nation for deaths involving road rage and aggressive driving. This statistic is derived from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System, which is a federal database that tracks fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents annually.
Every day, countless Colorado residents hit the open road. While the vast majority of these travels go without incident, there are some that unfortunately end in tragedy. Whether serious injury or worse, motor vehicle accidents are a reality for many people. Although these situations can be very difficult to navigate, it's important to remember that you are not alone during these times.
A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association confirms what many law enforcement officers have long believed: drugged driving is on the rise. Along with that rise comes an increase in motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.