Cars aren't the only vehicles that can be involved in a pedestrian accident. In fact, trucks, which are large and heavy, may bump bicyclists or pedestrians without even knowing it. It's been reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association that close to 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year due to car or truck accidents, while 76,000 are injured.
Following a car accident that resulted in an injury or death, you're in a position where you can make a claim. If your accident was caused by another driver, you'll need to deal with not only your own insurance carrier, but also the other driver's carrier. If the driver doesn't have insurance, then you'll have to consider litigation to get the money you need.
Car and truck accidents do sometimes happen by mistake. Yes, sometimes, there are things that go wrong in the vehicle that make it hard to stop or to get out of the way before a crash is caused. In many cases, even a malfunction won't cause an accident due to drivers attempting to move away from people or other vehicles.
Colorado has several lift laws and vehicle equipment laws that are important to understand if you've been in an accident. Knowing these laws can help you prove that the truck driver was negligent or behaving inappropriately, so you have a better chance of winning your case.
If you've been hurt by a truck driver who wasn't using chains in poor weather, you may have a case. Why? Chains are required at several times during the year. In Colorado, commercial vehicles must follow several rules.