If you have been seriously injured in a collision with a truck, the Milford truck accident lawyers at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC can help you recover compensation for your losses. We are familiar with federal and Connecticut trucking regulations and will build a strong truck accident case on your behalf.
Nearly 5,000 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2017, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Due to the enormous size and weight of trucks, when extraordinary care is not exercised, a crash can be devastating.
We are proud to be part of New Haven County, and serve clients in West Haven, New Haven, East Haven, Orange, Derby, Ansonia, Woodbridge, and throughout the state. Contact us online today for a free consultation, or reach our Milford office by calling (203) 493-0093.
After a serious truck accident, especially if it involves a commercial truck, the trucking company’s insurer will usually send an adjuster to the scene immediately. They do this in order to protect their interests and avoid blame. When you hire legal representation, your Milford accident attorney will also begin collecting evidence, before it disappears, to protect your right to compensation.
Having a proper investigation conducted independently to determine liability will be critical to your claim, especially if you are hospitalized or physically restricted in your movements due to your injuries. After doing so, your truck accident attorney will have the ability to calculate your present and future damages to give you an idea of how much your truck accident case is worth, and how much you deserve. If a settlement cannot be met with the insurance company or other liable party, our truck accident lawyers will bring your trucking case to trial.
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They outline strict highway safety standards that truck drivers are required to adhere to. One FMCSA regulation is called the hours of service regulations, which dictates how long a truck driver can be on the road and when they must take a break. This rule can vary based upon whether the vehicle is carrying property or passengers. The rules for a property-carrying truck driver are as follows:
Truckers also must take days off work at regular intervals that are based on how many days a week the employer is open. If a trucking company is open seven days a week, a driver is only allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. Likewise, if a trucking company is open seven days a week or fewer, then a driver is allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.
Oftentimes, accidents are caused by a truck driver’s negligence or violation of FMCSA regulations, such as:
If a truck accident was fatal and caused the death of a loved one, consider speaking with a Milford wrongful death lawyer from our law firm.
Our experienced truck accident lawyers in Milford will help you determine which parties are liable and hold them accountable. Whether that is the truck driver, the company they work for, the truck’s manufacturer, etc., our law firm will do what it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today, call (203) 493-0093.