Every day, thousands of large commercial trucks traverse the roads in Connecticut. As a motor vehicle driver, you are always at risk of getting into an accident with one of these dangerous vehicles. At Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC, our lawyers are passionate advocates for those who have been injured in truck accidents in Westport and the surrounding areas. Our truck accident lawyers understand how these cases work and how to help our clients move forward. Contact us today for a free case consultation.
A traffic accident involving a commercial truck can result in a complicated legal process. Unfortunately, you can’t trust an insurance company to look out for your best interests. Insurance companies operate like businesses, with their main focus being profitability. This means that an insurance company will do what it can to avoid large payouts.
You may need an attorney to negotiate with an insurance company and navigate your case for you to achieve fair results. Entrusting your truck accident case to an attorney can end in the financial compensation that you deserve – with less stress and headache. It can allow you to concentrate on healing without having to worry about the legal burden of a claim.
It is important not to treat an accident involving a commercial truck the same way as a standard motor vehicle accident. These two case types are not the same. Accidents involving 18-wheelers and big rigs come with many unique aspects, some being more severe injuries requiring medical attention..
The injuries suffered in a truck accident are often serious or catastrophic, such as broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and permanent scarring or disfigurement. This makes it critical to understand the full cost of your injuries (including future necessary medical care) and the true value of your truck accident case before accepting a settlement offer.
Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine that can place financial responsibility for an accident or injury with the employer of the at-fault party. In a truck accident case, this means that a trucking company can be held responsible for the actions and behaviors of an on-duty truck driver.
A trucking company might also be directly responsible for a truck accident for its own acts of negligence. Examples include the failure to properly train truck drivers and maintain fleet vehicles. Going up against this powerful adversary – a trucking company and its aggressive legal team – often requires assistance from an attorney.
The trucking industry has unique federal laws that must be obeyed by companies, carriers, owner/operators and truck drivers. These laws include driver hours-of-service restrictions, truck maintenance standards and cargo securement requirements. An attorney can investigate your truck accident for signs of a violated federal law that could point to fault.
Commercial truck accident cases in Westport, Connecticut often involve unique evidence, such as the truck’s black box, truck driver employment and driving records, trucking company compliance history, and driver cell phone records. You may need a lawyer to subpoena records and documents for you.
If the truck driver, trucking company or another party reasonably could have prevented the accident that injured you or took a loved one’s life, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Holding one or more parties financially responsible for the wreck could compensate you for your medical bills, property repairs, rental car costs, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, legal fees, and more. A lawyer will fight for optimal case results on your behalf as your legal advocate.
A trucking accident injury claim in Connecticut comes with a complicated legal process. Unless you have a legal background, you will benefit from hiring an attorney to represent you. The truck accident lawyers at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC can help you understand and protect your rights in the fight for fair financial compensation. We are highly experienced and skilled lawyers who can navigate all of the issues that make your truck accident claim unique. Contact us today to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation in Westport, Connecticut.