Large trucks are a vital but dangerous part of modern life in America. Semi-trucks and other large trucks perform the important role of transporting goods and materials to and from destinations. However, when operated unsafely, they can lead to catastrophic, even deadly, accidents.
When you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you need help from someone dedicated to getting you fair compensation. Brian Pushchak is a personal injury attorney who has helped many people in Denver and throughout Colorado get compensation for injuries suffered in trucking accidents. Our Informed Decision™ approach puts you, your family, and your needs first in seeking a fair outcome following your accident.
Compensation Can Help You and Your Family
Winning a truck accident lawsuit is not like winning the lottery. It’s not a windfall. It’s compensation to help you and your family cope with the effects of the accident. You can receive compensation for consequences like:
- Current and future medical bills
- Prosthetics, home modification, and other injury expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earnings
- Compensation for mental and/or emotional consequences
Many of these can be translated directly into dollar figures. If you have current bills for medical procedures, hospital stays and more, we can include those directly in your claim. It’s easy to calculate the wages you’ve already lost.
An experienced injury attorney like Mr. Pushchak can make a significant impact with parts of your claim that are less certain. What medical expenses might you need in the future? What are they likely to cost? How much rehabilitation will you need? How might your income be reduced in the future? These are questions that Mr. Pushchak can help you answer. He’ll work tirelessly to make sure your compensation adequately covers these future expenses.
We can also help you make a reasonable claim for hard-to-define damages like:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Trauma and PTSD
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
These are real injuries, and a fair outcome will compensate you for them. At Pushchak Law, our priority is making sure you and your family get the compensation you deserve following your truck accident.
Dangerous Trucking Accidents Are on the Rise
Large trucks are disproportionately dangerous. Although they account for less than 5% of vehicles on the road, they are involved in about 13% of fatal traffic accidents. In other words, they’re more than twice as likely to be involved in a deadly accident than smaller vehicles.
Unfortunately, trucking accidents have risen dramatically in the US in recent years. Fatal accidents involving large trucks were declining after 2005, but they have been on the rise since 2009. In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) changed the way it defines “large trucks,” so we can’t say for sure just how much these accidents are increasing. From 2009-2015, though, fatal trucking accidents increased by 21% and in the two most recent years available, these deadly accidents grew by an additional 6%!
Injury accidents have been growing even faster. Trucking accidents involving injuries grew by 62% from 2009 to 2015, and by 8% in the last two years.
Although these might seem like cold statistics, they mean that more than 100,000 families each year find their lives shattered by a serious injury or even the death of a loved one caused by a trucking accident. Brian Pushchak has witnessed this devastation first-hand, and he’s dedicated to helping you get your life back on track following these accidents.
Trucking Companies Put Your Safety at Risk to Increase Their Profits
Some truck accidents are just simple accidents. In other cases, though, they are caused or made more likely by truckers and trucking companies bending the rules to increase their profits.
About 90% of trucking accidents are caused by driver error. This includes factors like:
- Slow reaction time
- Poor decision making
- Inability to control or maneuver the truck
- Failing to obey traffic laws
Despite this, trucking companies have worked to loosen guidelines for the number of hours truckers can be driving and how often they must rest. And even with loosened rules, truckers violate the guidelines. Sometimes they are even encouraged to violate the guidelines in order to meet unrealistic deadlines. Furthermore, inadequate health screening practices often result in drivers on the road despite conditions like sleep apnea that increase their chances of dozing off at the wheel.
Many other truck accidents are caused by equipment problems with the truck. This could be due to:
- Lack of maintenance
- Poor maintenance
- Overloading or poorly loading truck
- Lack of safety equipment
Decisions about maintenance, loads, and safety equipment are almost always about a trucking company’s bottom line. They cut corners to save money, knowing it might increase the risk of an accident. When these practices occur, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable for your damages.
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
Trucking companies have a legal machinery that activates as soon as there’s an accident. Their goal is to minimize your compensation and reduce their costs.
One of their strategies is to offer you a quick settlement that might seem large, but won’t actually cover your needs. They might also play down your ability to win compensation by saying that you were partially or even fully responsible for the accident. At the same time, evidence of the company’s culpability begins to disappear almost immediately.
The sooner you get help from an experienced truck accident attorney like Mr. Pushchak, the more we can do to protect your rights and help you get all the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Pushchak Law for Your Truck Accident Attorney
Brian Pushchak has resolved hundreds of cases in favor of his clients. He has helped them win vital money to pay medical bills, make mortgage payments, get groceries, and do all the things necessary to get their lives back together after truck accidents and other causes of injury. That’s due in part to the dedication of the entire Pushchak Law team to thorough investigation. We will find out the true circumstances of your accident and use it to maximize your compensation. And if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything.
But what makes Pushchak Law truly stand apart is our Informed Decisions™ approach. We know that while money is important, personal injury cases are, above all, personal. We focus on the people involved: you and your family, including relatives lost in the accident. We make ourselves available to you. We take the time to listen to you and your specific needs. Then we will help you make the right decisions based on the facts, and do everything in our power to ensure a fair outcome for you and your family. We do this because we care about you and want to help you through this difficult time in your life.
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