In 2020, there were 1,795 reported crashes involving large trucks in Colorado. Eighty people lost their lives and 568 others were injured, many of them seriously. When the operator of a 40-ton vehicle fails to uphold the duty of care owed to others on the roadway, people die, and the lives of those who survive are irrevocably changed.
If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, or if a loved one has been incapacitated or killed, you are probably overwhelmed by medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income. You may be able to hold people accountable for the losses and harms you have endured.
With more than 75 years of combined experience, our team of attorneys at Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley helps semi-truck crash victims and their families in and around Durango, Colorado as they seek justice. We seek to hold individuals and companies accountable for their negligence.
We are proud to serve individuals and families in Durango, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, and the greater Four Corners region of Colorado.
State & Federal Laws Regarding Semi-Trucks
Due to their size and weight, semi-trucks are subject to stricter federal and state laws designed to maintain safety on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations govern numerous aspects of semi-truck operation, including driver training and qualifications, inspection and operation of the vehicles and trailers, compliance reviews and audits, and minimum requirements for liability insurance coverage.
The Colorado State Patrol has statutory authority to conduct safety compliance reviews and enforce state and federal laws regarding the safe operation of semi-trucks on Colorado roadways.
There is a three-year statute of limitations for semi-truck accidents in Colorado. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, or a loved one has been killed, you have three years from the date of the crash, or the date of death resulting from crash injuries, to either settle an insurance claim against the liable parties or file a lawsuit in the appropriate Colorado court.