Each year, millions of people are involved in accidents resulting in tragic injuries and deaths. When a large truck is involved in a crash, the consequences can be devastating. This is why trucking is a highly regulated field, requiring that truck drivers comply with both Connecticut laws, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (“FMCSA”).
While truckers provide valuable service to society, and strive to follow safety rules, crashes do occur. Common causes of trucking collisions include speeding, failing to see what there is to be seen, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and failing to adjust driving for weather conditions. In fact, Connecticut’s CDL Manual states that: “to be a safe driver you need to know what’s going on all around your vehicle. Not looking properly is a major cause of accidents.”
If you or a loved one suffered injury in a tractor-trailer collision, do not wait to contact a Waterbury truck accident lawyer. A dedicated injury attorney could help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation to pay for your many losses.
Truck Accident Injuries in Waterbury
Trucks are larger than most vehicles, meaning they can cause devastating damage if they crash into other cars. Tractor-trailers can crush smaller passenger vehicles, leading to severe injuries for the car’s occupants. People involved in these collusions usually suffer catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to:
- Spinal cord damage or brain trauma
- Severely fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
Many truck wreck claimants also experience chronic pain, disfiguring scars, and limitations to physical mobility following a collision. Often, injured people find it hard to deal with these profound life changes and must seek treatment for their emotional trauma.
Because injuries from trucking accidents are so serious, survivors frequently face expensive medical care. An individual’s injuries may also prevent them from returning to work. However, an experienced team of attorneys in Waterbury could help a truck collision plaintiff recover financial compensation for their losses.
Who is Negligent in a Trucking Collision Case?
Cases involving tractor-trailer wrecks are sometimes more complicated than those involving other motor vehicle accidents. In addition to the likelihood of severe injuries, trucking crashes often have more than one legally responsible party.
Truck drivers often make the same mistakes as other motorists. For instance, distracted, reckless, fatigued, and drunk driving often lead to truck accidents. Additionally, truckers frequently feel pressure to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines. As a result, they might push themselves to drive longer than federally mandated, causing them to make reckless decisions and careless mistakes behind the wheel.
Often, commercial vehicle companies are more interested in protecting themselves financially than ensuring people’s safety on the roads. Trucking companies might intentionally or unintentionally hire inexperienced drivers or encourage their truckers to drive for longer than legally allowed. A commercial truck corporation that employs careless drivers or encourages this behavior might also be legally responsible for any accidents or injuries that ensue.
When a loading company fails to safely secure cargo in a tractor-trailer, innocent drivers can get hurt. Poorly secured cargo can leak or spill onto the road, causing other vehicles to slip and crash. Unbalanced loads might also cause a trucker to lose control of their vehicle and overturn.
Trucks require regular inspections and maintenance. If a maintenance company fails to notice and repair any malfunctioning parts, this oversight could have devastating consequences. In the event that an accident occurs because of this negligence, the maintenance company could be held accountable.
If a truck had defective parts, the original manufacturer or the company that supplied the replacement parts could be legally responsible for collisions that occur as a result of these malfunctioning parts.
A skilled lawyer in Waterbury could investigate the evidence of a tractor-trailer collision and determine who is responsible for a person’s injuries.
Why Trust Our Firm with Truck Accident Cases?
Our attorneys have investigated and litigated trucking collisions. We have worked with accident reconstruction experts, human factors experts, and truck safety consultants to hammer the trucking company and their driver for all of the harms and losses they have caused our clients.
Victims of trucking accidents must understand that time is of the essence. Trucking companies and their insurance companies move fast to defend themselves. They have protocols in place to defeat you. Specifically, they are known to have attorneys, investigators, and safety experts, ready to be deployed on a moment’s notice. We have seen cases where, for example, defense attorneys and accident reconstructionist experts have been deployed to the accident scene on the day of the collision. This allows the defense to have a first-hand look at the evidence, and quickly formulate a defense.
Work with a Waterbury Truck Accident Attorney Today
Given the tactics that commercial vehicle companies and their insurance corporations use to combat claims, you should contact a Waterbury truck accident lawyer immediately to commence an investigation. This allows us to investigate the circumstances surrounding the truck crash, obtain and preserve evidence, and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call today to get started on your case.
Call us at (203) 680-8080, email, or via our online Free Case Evaluation Form to set up your free consultation today.
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