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Big Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents

By Burg Simpson
December 18, 2018
4 min read

For big truck and tractor trailer accidents,

Burg Simpson’s attorneys can help.

Automobile accidents involving large commercial trucks and tractor-trailers can be tragic. The average weight of a passenger vehicle is between 3 and 4 tons and the average weight of an 18-wheeler is about 40 tons. When a car or SUV collides with a truck of this size, the aftermath can be devastating.

Burg Simpson’s Team of Experienced Attorneys

Burg Simpson’s team of personal injury attorneys have experience with trucking accidents; they know how these big vehicles are operated, and they understand the complexities inherent in these types of accidents. Like any automobile accident, if you have been injured in a crash involving a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle, you need the help of an attorney who has handled these kinds of cases. Whether you were injured by a semi-truck or a commercial delivery vehicle, the personal injury team at Burg Simpson has the experience to analyze, manage, and litigate your case.

Trucking Accidents Differ From Standard Auto Accident Cases

Commercial motor carriers are responsible for upholding a wide range of federal regulations related to the trucking industry.

  • Carrier’s history of citations
  • GPS Data
  • Industry Standards

Trucking Accidents May Include Multiple Negligent Parties

Truck drivers and their employers have a legal obligation to operate commercial vehicles conscientiously and according to the rules and regulations determined by the U.S. government. If you were injured in an accident involving a commercial truck and are seeking compensation, we need to prove that you were injured due to the negligence of the driver, the trucking company, i.e.,the driver’s employer,  and/or the vehicle manufacturer. Because big truck and tractor-trailer accidents can potentially include multiple negligent parties, and the litigation process in these cases can be arduous.

Determining Negligence

In order to determine who was at fault, the personal injury team at Burg Simpson will review all available information, including the data from the commercial vehicle’s black box device in order to understand the pre-crash dynamics. By reviewing all available data, the lawyers can recreate the accident and verify the circumstances that led to the incident. Our attorneys will also work with specialists who can provide additional insight and expert testimony about the details of the accident.

Common Reasons for the Accident

 Burg Simpson can assist you in determining if the other party was at fault. Common reasons for commercial truck accident include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Aggressive, reckless, or distracted driving
  • Brake failure
  • Flat tire
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence
  • Improper loading or overloading
  • Lack of driver training or experience

Obtaining Compensation

If your pain and suffering was the result of the negligence of the truck driver, their employer, or the vehicle manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • PTSD
  • Depression and/or anxiety

Obtaining Legal Representation

If you have been injured by a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, you need a personal injury attorney with the experience, knowledge, and resources you need to properly analyze how the incident occurred and the factors that caused the crash.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has an impressive history of effectively managing big truck accident cases. Attorney Stephen Burg is the practice group leader of Burg Simpson’s personal injury department, and is a nationally recognized member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers.

Stephen Burg and his litigation team at Burg Simpson will analyze, manage, and litigate your case, so you can receive compensation for the injuries you suffered, your personal losses, and the damage to your vehicle.  The sooner you secure legal representation, the sooner you will receive the compensation you deserve.

Call Burg Simpson for a free consultation at

303 792 5595.







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