Stamford Truck Accident Lawyers
The commercial trucking industry is an integral component of the American economy. Despite extensive Federal regulation, truck accidents frequently occur throughout Connecticut. If you were recently injured in a commercial truck collision, contact the Stamford truck accident lawyers at the Carter Mario Law Firm.
Trust Carter Mario’s 30+ Years of Experience
High-limit commercial insurance policies insure trucks and trucking companies. As a result, insurance companies spare no expense in defending truck accident lawsuits. Since the Carter Mario Law Firm’s establishment over 30 years ago, our qualified Stamford truck accident lawyers have successfully litigated numerous lawsuits on behalf of injured victims.
What to Do Following a Truck Accident
You should immediately obtain medical treatment as your health and welfare is your primary concern following a truck accident. You should also contact the police to report the collision. If you can do so safely, you should obtain the names and contact information of individuals who may have witnessed the crash.
Determining Responsibility in a Truck Collision
Due to the heavy cargo loads trucks carry, the commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated. Truck drivers must undergo extensive training. Despite these regulations and training, truck accidents frequently occur due to:
- Distracted driving
- Improper maintenance
- Excessive cargo loads
- Sleep deprived drivers
- Drivers who consume drugs or alcohol
Proving Negligence in Your Claim
To win a truck accident lawsuit, you must prove the truck driver committed an act of negligence which caused the collision. You must prove this element of your claim by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. Fortunately, Federal Law requires truck drivers and truck companies to maintain extensive records such as travel logs, cargo logs, rest logs, maintenance records, and black box data, all of which may help your trucking collision attorney build a strong case for trial.
How Truck Accidents Differ from Other Motor Vehicle Accidents
Truck accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries as opposed to other motor vehicle collisions. Compared to regular passenger vehicles, commercial trucks are significantly larger and heavier. As a result, crashes involving commercial trucks feature substantially higher amounts of kinetic energy, which in turn cause victims to suffer more severe injuries.
Potential Harm Caused by a Truck Collision
Many truck collisions cause victims to suffer fatal injuries. Less severe collisions still cause victims to suffer severe injuries. Commercial truck accidents cause victims to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Organ damage
Damages You May Recover from a Truck Accident
Connecticut law allows you to claim compensatory and general damages. Specifically, you can claim economic losses such as your medical expenses and lost wages as compensatory damages. You can also claim your physical pain, suffering, and mental anguish as general damages.
Truck Accident Do’s & Don’ts
You should not speak with the truck driver’s insurance carrier. They are not your friend, which is why you should not accept an insurance carrier’s early settlement offer. Instead, you should seek medical treatment and speak with a Stamford truck accident attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
A truck accident is a terrifying experience. The time following a truck accident can be frustrating and confusing. The personal injury attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm frequently advise truck accident victims on the strength of their claims.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?
According to 52-584, you must file a lawsuit within two years of your truck accident. This is because Connecticut imposes a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. As statutes of limitations are strictly enforced, you should consult a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Can You Sue a Truck Driver or Company for a Collision?
Depending on the facts of your collision, you may be able to sue a truck driver and the trucking company. If the truck driver is an employee of the trucking company, you can assert a respondeat superior claim against the trucking company. However, if the truck driver is an independent contractor, it is unlikely you will be able to sue the trucking company.
Call the Stamford Truck Accident Attorneys at Carter Mario
The award-winning personal injury lawyers at the Carter Mario Law Firm have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of injured victims. Let us use our skills to build your case. To learn more, contact us to speak with a Stamford truck accident attorney today.