Hartford Truck Accident Attorney
Large Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Although any car or motor vehicle accident can be devastating, those involving large semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles are particularly catastrophic. Due to their immense size and weight, large trucks often cause extensive damage when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles—and the occupants of those smaller vehicles are usually the ones who suffer most.
If you were injured, or if someone you love passed away after an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, big rig, tanker, or any other large commercial vehicle, Carter Mario Law Firm can help. For more than 30 years, our firm has fought for the rights of accident victims and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Connecticut. From our office in Hartford, our truck accident attorneys provide compassionate and aggressive legal representation on behalf of those who have suffered serious injuries and losses due to the negligence of others.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?
Personal injury cases involving truck accidents are not the same as those resulting from standard car crashes. In general, truck accident cases are much more complex. This is due to a variety of reasons, but the most notable is the issue of liability.
After a typical car accident, the injured party can usually seek compensation for their damages—things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering—by filing a claim against the liable person or party. The same is true in truck accident claims, but whereas the liable party in a standard car accident claim is typically the person who caused the crash, this is not necessarily the case in truck accident claims. In fact, even if a truck driver caused the collision, numerous other parties could be partially or wholly liable.
Depending on various factors, including the cause of the crash, any of the following entities (and others) could be liable for a truck accident:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- A manufacturer that created or distributed a defective vehicle or part
- An entity that loaded or unloaded cargo
- The party responsible for truck maintenance or repairs
- A construction company that designed or built a defective roadway
- A third-party motorist
Determining who is liable for your accident—and, therefore, your damages—requires an exhaustive investigation into what happened. At Carter Mario Law Firm, our Hartford truck accident lawyers work with teams of accident reconstructionists and other experts in order to identify contributing factors and determine who is responsible for the crash. Depending on the specifics of your situation, this might mean looking to see if the trucking company violated any state or federal regulations, if it acted negligently in hiring or training its employees, if the truck had a defective design or component, if the truck exceeded maximum weight limits or if cargo was loaded improperly, if the truck driver violated any traffic laws, and more.
Most often, truck accident lawsuits are brought against trucking companies, but this is not always the case. Our firm is ready to review the facts of your case and uncover all possible sources of compensation on your behalf. Our goal is to maximize your recovery so that you can heal and move forward with your life.
What Happens During a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
While every case is different, there are some things you can expect during a truck accident claim. First, immediately after the accident, a representative from the trucking company or its insurance provider is likely to contact you. They may call or even show up in person at your home or the hospital. It is in your best interest to avoid speaking to anyone from the trucking company or its insurance carrier. Do not give a statement to any insurance adjuster, and do not accept any settlement they may offer before speaking with an attorney.
Once you have contacted an attorney at our firm, and we have determined that you have a viable case, we will immediately begin gathering evidence to support your claim. Such evidence might include the official police report, your medical records, your past paystubs, pictures of the accident scene, witness accounts, expert testimony, and more. Our attorneys will handle all necessary paperwork and ensure that you do not miss any filing deadlines.
Many truck accident claims are resolved outside of the courtroom, whether through mediation or arbitration. As your legal team, our goal is to achieve the most cost-effective and timely resolution possible. Often, this means negotiating a favorable settlement from the liable party. However, some cases simply cannot be resolved without going to trial. While the ultimate decision to accept a settlement or proceed to litigation is yours, our team can advise you on the best course of action based on your unique situation. If necessary, we are prepared to represent you in the courtroom and aggressively advocate for the full and fair compensation you are owed.
Learn How Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help You with Your Truck Accident Claim
Truck accident cases are extremely complex; we do not recommend that you try to resolve your case on your own. Instead, reach out to our Hartford truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm for the dedicated legal representation you deserve.
With decades of experience and a long-standing history of success, our firm has what it takes to go up against major trucking companies and their insurance providers. We are prepared to dedicate all of our efforts, time, and resources to your case. Our team will be there for you every step of the way, offering answers to your questions and personalized legal counsel tailored to your needs.