Norwalk Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents cause victims to suffer life-altering injuries. While commercial trucks are commonly seen on roads and highways, in 2021, 5,459 collisions in Connecticut involved commercial trucks. The experienced Norwalk truck accident lawyers at the Carter Mario Law Firm have been successfully fighting to protect the rights of injured victims for over 30 years.
Carter Mario Has Over 30 Years of Experience
Due to the high financial exposure they face, commercial insurance carriers fiercely defend truck accident lawsuits. Specifically, insurance carriers retain aggressive attorneys who raise every potential legal and factual defense to defeat truck accident lawsuits. The capable and award-winning personal injury attorneys have spent over 30 years tenaciously litigating complex cases and obtaining favorable results on behalf of their injured clients.
What You Should Do After a Truck Accident
You should immediately contact the police to report the collision and obtain medical treatment. If your injuries are not life-threatening, you should document the crash by taking photographs of the vehicles. Next, you should identify possible witnesses and obtain their names and contact information. Finally, you should talk with a Norwalk truck accident lawyer at Carter Mario Law Firm to help handle your case.
Who is Responsible for a Trucking Collision?
Commercial trucks transport various types of heavy cargo, including dangerous chemicals. Due to the heavy cargo trucks carry, the commercial trucking industry is extensively regulated by Federal and State authorities. Truck accidents still occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Drug and alcohol use by truck drivers
- Excessive cargo
- Improperly secured cargo
- Improperly maintained vehicles
- Drivers who fail to pay full time and attention
- Drivers who disregard mandatory rest periods and fall asleep at the wheel
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident
Truck accident lawsuits are legally and factually matters to litigate. To prevail, you must prove the truck driver caused the collision by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. You have a better chance of meeting this burden if you retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who can collect and utilize critical evidence such as black box data, employment files, trip logs, and maintenance records.
Possible Injuries Caused by Truck Collisions
Truck collisions cause victims to suffer catastrophic injuries. Specifically, victims suffer:
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Severe lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
Very often, the severity of these injuries requires victims to receive life-saving emergency medical care, surgery, and physical therapy.
What Damages Can You Recover from a Truck Accident Claim?
You can seek compensatory damages for your past and future medical expenses and your past and future lost wages. You can also claim general damages for the physical pain and suffering you endured due to your injuries. You can also claim general damages for the mental trauma you experienced due to the collision.
What to Do & Not Do After a Truck Accident
Do not provide any written or oral statements regarding the collision to the truck driver’s insurance company. Further, you should not sign a release or accept a monetary settlement. Instead, you should consult a Norwalk truck accident attorney to obtain an honest evaluation regarding the legal strength and financial value of your claim.
Common Questions About Trucking Accident Claims
Truck accidents often leave victims hospitalized, unable to work, and without a means of transportation due to the loss of their vehicles. Accordingly, the time following a truck accident is confusing, frustrating, and stressful. The truck accident attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm have successfully guided injured victims through the personal injury process for over 30 years.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Claims in Norwalk?
A statute of limitations is the legal time limit a personal injury victim has to file a lawsuit against the person or entity who caused their injury. Pursuant to 52-584, the statute of limitations on truck accident claims in Connecticut is two years. Statutes of limitations are intended to encourage people to diligently and promptly pursue potential legal claims.
Can You Sue a Truck Driver or Company for a Collision?
If the truck driver caused the accident and was an employee of a trucking company, you can file a lawsuit against both the driver and the company. Furthermore, you may be able to file additional claims against the trucking company if there is evidence indicating the company failed to maintain the vehicle properly.
Talk with a Norwalk Truck Accident Lawyer at Carter Mario Today
The personal injury attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm refuse to be intimidated by insurance companies or their attorneys. As a result, we have recovered billions of dollars in financial compensation for our injured claims. Contact us today for a free consultation.