Bridgeport Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial truck drivers spend long hours transporting cargo across America’s highways. Despite numerous Federal and State regulations, commercial trucks were involved in nearly 9 percent of fatal collisions in 2020. The Bridgeport truck accident lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm have been successfully representing truck accident victims and their surviving family members for over 30 years.
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Truck accident victims need solid legal representation. This is because insurance carriers ferociously defend truck accident lawsuits. The personal injury attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have spent over 30 years successfully litigating truck accident lawsuits against powerful insurance companies.
What To Do Following a Truck Accident
You should immediately contact the police and obtain medical treatment for your injuries. If your injuries are not life-threatening, you should photograph the vehicles and the collision scene. Next, you should get the name of the truck driver and the names and contact information of individuals who may have witnessed the collision. Finally, contact a Bridgeport truck accident attorney for help with your claim.
Determining Responsibility for a Truck Accident
Depending on the cause of the truck accident, one or more persons may be responsible. The trucking company might be liable if it failed to maintain the truck or supervise the driver correctly. Regarding the driver, information from the vehicle’s black box and the driver’s post-accident drug test may reveal the driver was negligently operating the truck.
Proving Negligence in Trucking Collisions
A successful outcome for a truck accident lawsuit requires you to prove the truck driver caused the collision. You must prove this element of your claim, in addition to your losses and injuries, by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. Depending on the facts of your case, testimony by expert witnesses such as an accident reconstructionist and transportation consultant may be necessary.
How Truck & Other Motor Vehicle Accidents Differ
Unlike collisions involving only regular passenger vehicles, collisions involving commercial trucks are significantly more violent. This is due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. A collision involving a 40-ton commercial is more likely to feature catastrophic and potentially fatal injuries.
Potential Injuries from Truck Accidents
While regular passenger vehicles offer some physical protection, the sheer size and mass of a commercial truck cause personal injury victims to suffer severe injuries. Specifically, truck accidents cause victims to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments and muscles
- Lacerations and burns
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Due to these injuries, truck accident victims often need extensive medical treatment.
Damages You May Recover from a Truck Accident Claim
You can claim general and compensatory damages if you were injured in a truck accident. Specifically, you can claim compensatory damages for the cost of your medical treatment and other financial losses, such as your lost wages. You can also claim general damages for the physical pain and mental suffering you endured due to your injuries.
Trucking Accident Claims FAQ
The time following a truck accident is painful and confusing. Worse yet, the lives of truck accident victims are interrupted due to their medical treatment. The personal injury lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm offer free consultations for truck accident victims.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?
Each State imposes a legal time on a person’s ability to pursue a legal claim. Under 52-584, the statute of limitations in Connecticut is two years. This means you have two years from the date of the truck accident to file a lawsuit or else your claim is barred.
Can You Sue a Truck Driver or Company for an Accident?
You may be able to sue both. If the truck driver is a direct employee of the trucking company, you can sue the driver for negligence and the trucking company under a respondeat superior claim. However, you may not be able to sue the trucking company if the truck driver was an independent contractor.
Contact Carter Mario Law Firm to Speak with a Bridgeport Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accident claims require personal injury attorneys who know how to litigate complex cases. At Carter Mario Law Firm, our award-winning attorneys use their skills to build strong truck accident cases on behalf of injured victims. To learn how we can build your case, contact us today to talk with one of our Bridgeport truck accident attorneys!