Milford Truck Accident LAWYERS
Collisions involving commercial trucks are often deadly events. According to the Federal Government, 4,960 people lost their lives due to truck collisions in 2020. Contact the Milford truck accident lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm to learn how we can represent you if you or a family member were killed or injured in a trucking collision.
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High-limit insurance policies usually insure commercial trucks. As a result of this insurance coverage and the severe injuries victims suffer, insurance companies spare no expense in defending truck accident lawsuits. The award-winning Milford truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have successfully litigated complex truck accident cases against large insurance companies for over 30 years.
What To Do After a Collision with a Truck
If you can do so without risking your safety or further injury, contact the police and photograph the area where the collision occurred along with the vehicles. You should also identify possible witnesses and provide their information to the police. Next, you should obtain medical treatment as soon as possible. Finally, you should talk with a truck accident attorney in Milford to help with your claim.
Determining Responsibility in a Trucking Accident
Federal law requires truck drivers to undergo training and hold commercial driver’s licenses. Additionally, the trucking industry is highly regulated due to the heavy cargo loads carried by trucks. Despite these regulations, truck accidents are often the result of the following:
- Improper or distracted driving
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Illegal maneuvers
- Excessive or improperly secured cargo loads
- Lack of sleep
- Drivers who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Claim
In a personal injury case, the victim bears the burden of proving the truck driver caused the collision by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. One of the benefits of the laws regulating the trucking industry is that truck drivers and trucking companies are required to maintain extensive records. Specifically, trucking companies and truck drivers must maintain repair records, training records, background checks, drug and alcohol testing records, travel logs, sleep logs, and black box data. These records may help build a strong case which proves the truck driver’s negligence.
Comparing Truck Collisions with Other Vehicles
Compared to other vehicles, commercial trucks are significantly larger and heavier. As a result, truck collisions often cause innocent motorists to suffer more severe physical injuries. This is because an impact involving a commercial truck involves more weight and kinetic energy as opposed to a collision involving a regular passenger vehicle.
Trucking Accident Injuries
Victims of collisions involving commercial trucks suffer various fatal and nonfatal injuries. Common truck accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles
- Neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Due to the severity of these injuries, truck accident victims often require extensive medical treatment.
Potential Damages Resulting from a Truck Accident Claim
Under Connecticut State Law, you can claim economic and non-economic damages if you were injured in a truck accident. Specifically, you can claim economic damages for your related medical expenses and lost wages. You can also claim non-economic damages for the physical pain and mental suffering you endured.
Truck Accident FAQ
Truck accidents are often life-altering events. Victims usually suffer severe injuries that prevent them from working or resuming their regular activities. The experienced Milford truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm frequently advise victims on navigating the personal injury process.
How Long Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?
Connecticut imposes a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, including truck accidents. This means you have two years from the crash date to file a lawsuit. Your claim will be barred if you fail to file a lawsuit within this two-year timeframe.
Can You Sue the Driver or Trucking Company for an Accident?
You can potentially sue both the driver and the trucking company. Specifically, you can sue the driver under a theory of negligence. If the driver was a direct employee of the trucking company, you can pursue a respondeat superior claim which allows you to hold the trucking company legally responsible for the truck driver’s negligence.
How Much Does a Milford Trucking Collision Attorney Cost?
The truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm are retained on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no upfront legal fees. Our attorneys are only paid if they obtain a favorable settlement or judgment on your behalf.
Honest, Effective, & Reliable – That’s Carter Mario
The Milford truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have spent over 30 years building a reputation of honest and effective representation. This can be seen in the numerous favorable reviews we have earned and the fact we have obtained over one billion dollars in compensation for our injured clients. To learn about the representation we can provide, contact us today.