Connecticut Trucking Accident Lawyers
Injuries suffered from an accident with a commercial trucking vehicle can be severe, even life-altering due to the immense size. The damages caused by eighteen wheelers typically occur when they are not operated safely, as a result of failing to follow safety protocols and procedures. We often see the management of trucking companies creating impossible delivery requirements that require truckers to cut corners on safety; as well as the company failing to adequately service their rigs.
Truck Driver and Trucking Company Negligence
A large percentage of truck accidents are caused by driver or trucking company negligence. According to the analysis brief of the well-known Large Truck Crash Causation Study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), among the top 10 factors associated with trucking accidents for large trucks and their drivers are:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
Trucking companies and the companies they hire to service their vehicles are responsible for maintaining the brakes and equipment on large semi-tractor trailers. These companies are negligent when they fail to do so and it can result in crashes that cause serious injuries or death to passenger vehicle occupants involved.
Commercial truck drivers are required under federal Hours of Service regulations to limit their consecutive driving hours and take rest breaks to avoid driving while fatigued. Drivers under pressure to meet deadlines who ignore these regulations are negligent and put other motorists on the roadways at serious risk.
Trucking Safety Protocol Break Down on Our Highways
In Connecticut, trucking accidents often occur on state highways. These are broken down by districts into District One - Hartford; District Two - New London, Norwich, and Danielson; District Three - Bridgeport, Stamford, and New Haven; and District Four - Danbury, Waterbury, and Torrington. For a breakdown on Connecticut roads, check here.
Naizby Law represents clients injured in trucking accidents across the state of Connecticut and we are often asked to co-counsel by attorneys in other jurisdictions.
Liability for Damages in a Truck Accident Claim
Truck accident claims tend to be complex cases involving federal regulations and a number of potentially liable parties, which can include the truck driver, the trucking company or owner of the truck, a parts manufacturer of a defective truck part, or a company that failed to properly service the vehicle. In some cases, the manufacturer or shipper of the load the truck was carrying can be held liable, if the cargo included hazardous materials that caused injuries or made them worse. At Naizby Law, our Connecticut traffic accident lawyers conduct a thorough investigation of the accident in order to determine what caused it and to identify every potentially liable party.
The FMCSA regulates the commercial trucking industry, enforcing a vast body of federal regulations pertaining to all aspects of trucking from recordkeeping to vehicle standards, to driver Hours of Service regulations and drug and alcohol testing. If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck crash, our Connecticut truck accident attorneys will search meticulously for any violations of these regulations that will support your claim.
Damages in a Truck Accident Claim
Damages can be extensive when an 80,000 lb, fully-loaded 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle. You can rely on our seasoned personal injury lawyers to assess the full extent of your damages - past, present, and future. We can help you seek compensation for all your losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Giving a Voice to Our Clients
We work extremely hard early on to secure records and documents with our investigators before evidence can be destroyed or altered. We secure recording devices from the trucks, external recordings by street cameras, and reports from law enforcement and the commercial carriers. In addition, we conduct our own investigation at the scene. We retain accident re-constructionists and question the corporate representative of the trucking company under oath to establish where there was a breakdown in safety procedures, resulting in your loss.
Our attorneys, staff, and investigators are experienced in representing those injured or the families of those killed as a result of safety protocol violations committed in the operation of commercial trucking vehicles. Even if you’re not from Connecticut, we can handle cases from other states when injury was done during a visit or traveling through. Call Naizby Law at (866) 284-3578 to discuss your options.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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