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Larimer County peronsal injury attorney truck accident

Semi-trucks experience immense strain throughout the course of their work, accumulating hundreds of miles per day and regularly hauling around 100,000 pounds of cargo. In order to perform their work safely, large trucks require frequent maintenance to ensure that all parts and equipment are working properly. When there is a lapse in maintenance, the potential for accidents increases, and unfortunately, you may find yourself injured as a result.

The Dangers of Poorly Maintained Trucks in Colorado

A variety of equipment failures due to improper or routine maintenance checks can lead to serious accidents. Some of the most common include:

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Larimer County personal injury attorney truck accident

Between Interstates 25, 70, and 76, the Colorado Front Range experiences a significant amount of semi-truck traffic, and the state’s unpredictable weather patterns and often steeply graded roads can increase the risk of truck accidents. Another contributing factor in many truck accidents is driver fatigue, which can cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel, react more slowly, or make poor driving decisions. If you have been injured in an accident with a drowsy truck driver, understanding why the driver may be fatigued can give you a better chance of receiving full compensation for your damages.

Common Causes of Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers can become fatigued for a number of reasons, some due to the nature of their job, and some due to a failure to follow industry regulations. A few of the most common reasons include:

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Larimer County self-driving truck accident attorney

Just last month, the Colorado company Outrider announced it has received $53 million in investments to kickstart its autonomous truck fleets. While Outrider’s fleets will be used mostly in truck yards and not on the highway, at least not right away, there are plenty of other well-funded self-driving truck companies that are on their way to putting whole fleets on the roads across America. What does this mean for you? You could see trucks without drivers passing you by on the highway within a year or two. Without even considering the economic impact of this fact, it is worth noting the possibility of personal injuries from self-driving truck accidents

How Safe Are Self-Driving Trucks?

Companies in the self-driving vehicle manufacturing industry insist that autonomous trucks, which are often operated and maintained through SaaS (software-as-a-service) from remote locations, will not only increase productivity and efficiency but also improve the environment and highway safety as well. However, early results from self-driving experiments with other vehicles, such as numerous crashes over the last two years involving Tesla vehicles using autopilot, suggest that these automated means of transportation that lack human intervention might be far from perfect, and this means they will not be completely safe.

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Larimer County trucking accident attorney

Many motorists take extra caution when driving around trucks on our country’s highways. Colorado citizens and truck drivers alike can make mistakes while on the road that can cause an accident. Although they are not often a part of a physical aspect of a crash, truck driving companies may be responsible for collisions, too. Regardless of the cause of a truck accident, if a truck driver or a trucking company is found to be negligent, they should be held responsible for any damages and suffering inflicted on other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. Below are some of the ways a trucking business may be held liable for personal injuries sustained in a truck collision. 

Liability for Truck Accidents

When a truck collides with other vehicles, the occupants of those vehicles are much more likely to be injured than the truck driver. In 2018, semi-truck accidents in the United States resulted in the deaths of 678 truck drivers or occupants, but they led to the deaths of 2,786 passenger vehicle occupants. Because of the size and height of truck cabins compared to other automobiles, a truck driver is less likely to suffer fatal injuries when involved in an accident with a passenger car. 

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