Middlebury Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Maximum Compensation
On account of their huge size and inability to quickly brake from a high velocity, trucks, as well as trailers and tractors, can cause some of the worst kinds of collisions, in turn leading to some of the most horrific injuries or even death. While the drivers of these massive commercial vehicles are supposed to take extra precautions, they can still commit human error due to negligence, exhaustion, distraction, carelessness, or rash driving responses.
Moreover, even if the truck drivers themselves are following all traffic codes or on the alert for hazardous road conditions, they cannot help it if the truck manufacturers did not check for faulty parts, or if the loading operators improperly weighed a truck’s cargo. Regardless of whatever caused the accident, you do not deserve to pay for the extreme financial costs of extensive medical treatments. Let our Middlebury truck accident lawyers here at Griffin Injury Law, LLC support you during this difficult time.
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
One of the first steps in filing a truck accident claim is determining who is liable for the accident. While liability after a truck accident may seem straightforward it does take a certain amount of investigation to actually determine who is at fault as more often than not, the truck driver is not the one held liable unless they own the truck they were driving or if the accident was caused directly by their negligence, such as driving while drunk.
The party usually held legally responsible is the trucking company. The main reason for this is that these companies are often caught encouraging their drivers to break truck regulations in order to save their company time or money. Other parties who may be liable include a truck manufacturer or cargo loading team, although this happens less often. Ready to get started on your claim? Griffin Injury Law, LLC is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to help you today.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Connecticut
One of the most typical reasons that truck drivers get involved in collisions is tragically due to negligence. The actual causes of such negligence can be quite varied, however. Sometimes drivers are simply fatigued by driving thousands of miles on the highway without enough rest breaks. Alternatively, poor weather could cause dangerous driving conditions, but some truck operators may want to reach their destination as fast as possible and try to take the risk.
Just a few examples of other kinds of factors which lead to truck collisions include:
- Malfunctioning of the truck due to faulty or defective truck parts or design during manufacturing
- Negligent design of the highways or roads, or lack of proper road maintenance
- Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
- Reckless and irresponsible driving
- Rest/ sleep policies to prevent exhaustion related accidents
- Failure to obey traffic laws, road signs, lights, and other signals
- Failure to yield or stop in time at intersections
- Trucks being overloaded or improperly loaded with cargo
- Lack of proper maintenance of the truck or its cargo bed
- Dangerous weather conditions
Because large trucks can cause such catastrophic damage to other when a collision happens, truck drivers are required to follow more laws than other vehicles both on and off the road. One of these rules is called the hours-of-service regulations. One of the main purposes of these set of regulations is to help prevent fatigued driving accidents, thus the laws are aimed at ensuring that truck drivers are not overworked and get an adequate amount of rest. According to these laws:
- Truck drivers can work a maximum of14 hours in a single workday, but of these 14 hours truckers can only drive for 11 hour, with the remaining time spent on rest or meal breaks
- Truck drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before beginning a new workday
- Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
Recovering the compensation you need and deserve after suffering injuries in a truck accident without an experience attorney fighting for you can be very difficult. Trucking companies are usually backed by top-tier law firms whose job is to protect their company, and usually means, keeping you from recovering the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Griffin Injury Law, LLC are experienced in handling truck accident claims and will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
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