Time may be running out on your Colorado trucking accident claim – and you may not even know it! While the statute of limitations in Colorado for filing a claim after a trucking accident is 3 years from the date of the accident, in reality, your case could be lost way before that.
That’s right! Trucking accident evidence can actually be destroyed. Companies are allowed to destroy or get rid of black box data and log books after just 6 months. Many of this evidence is necessary to prove your case and win. Some of the evidence that trucking companies can destroy after 6 months include drug and alcohol test results, inspection reports, driver logs, maintenance reports and more. If evidence is destroyed, it is much harder for your attorney to establish fault and win your case.
This is why it is so important to retain the services of an experienced trucking accident lawyer after your accident. Your lawyer can immediately send a retention of evidence letter to the trucking company preventing them from destroying valuable evidence. This is known as a spoliation letter and it will be sent to all responsible parties, thereby preserving evidence for your case.
In addition to sending out a spoliation letter, your attorney will need to visit the accident scene quickly to gather evidence there. There may be tire marks, eyewitnesses that should be interviewed, and photos that need to be taken to help prove your case. Remember, the trucking company will have large legal teams on their side doing all they can to reduce your claim and protect their client. In fact, most trucking companies have experts out to the scene within 24 hours to collect evidence. You need a trucking accident attorney on your side doing the same.
After a trucking accident, there may be multiple parties to blame, including:
Your attorney will be able to review the accident and the evidence and determine who is ultimately to blame for your accident and your injuries. If there was a violation of any of the state and federal trucking regulations, then they can – and should be held liable. Determining whether violations occurred, however, is a difficult task and one that can only be accomplished with a skilled and experienced law firm on your side.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in Fort Collins, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, we can help. Our trucking accident lawyers have the skills and experience needed to tackle large complex trucking accident cases and win. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.