Middletown Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims
Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial
vehicles pose a serious threat to other motorists on the road. When these
vehicles are involved in collisions with smaller passenger
motorcycles, pickup trucks, and SUVs, the effects are often devastating.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a large truck
or commercial vehicle in Connecticut, turn to the team at RisCassi &
Davis, P.C. Our truck accident attorneys in Middletown have been fighting
for the rights of injured accident victims since 1955 and have recovered
millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. We frequently handle
highly complex and challenging cases and have a track record of successfully
holding trucking companies, manufacturers, and other powerful entities
accountable for the damages they cause.
Schedule a free consultation today; call
(860) 245-2412 or
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How Common Are Truck Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,237 fatal large truck and bus crashes in the United States
in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available). This number
only represents fatal crashes; tens of thousands of more people are injured
in large truck and bus accidents each year.
Crash data from the Connecticut Crash Data Repository (CTCDR) shows that,
in 2020, there were 1,553 collisions classified as “Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) qualifying.” More than 4,000
individual people were involved in these crashes, and approximately 20
of these incidents resulted in fatalities.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we believe that one large truck accident
is too many. When truck drivers, trucking companies, and other parties
are negligent, they can and should be held accountable. Our Middletown
truck accident lawyers can help you fight for the fair compensation you
are owed if you were injured or if someone you love died in a commercial
vehicle accident in Connecticut.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Just like any other motor vehicle accident, truck accidents frequently
result from negligent or wrongful conduct. Sometimes, truck drivers are
careless or drive recklessly. Sometimes, trucking companies implement
unsafe or illegal practices that put everyone on the road at risk. In
still other instances, the negligent or unlawful conduct of manufacturers,
construction companies, maintenance crews, and other third parties is to blame.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error or negligence
- Distracted driving
- Traffic law violations
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Hours-of-service violations
- Failure to conduct background checks
- Failure to discipline truck drivers
- Violations of company policy
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Insufficient truck maintenance
- Improper truck repairs
- Negligent hiring or supervising practices
- Defective trucks or truck parts
- Defective roadways
- Inadequate road maintenance or repairs
Determining the cause of an accident is important, as it allows our attorneys
to identify the liable party. We frequently work alongside accident reconstructionists
and other experts who help us evaluate important evidence and build the
strongest possible claims on behalf of our clients.
Who Is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?
Unlike in standard car accident claims, in which the at-fault motorist
is also usually the one liable for the victim’s damages, liability
in truck accident cases does not always fall with the person or party
who actually caused the collision. This makes these cases much more complex
than typical motor vehicle accident claims.
Depending on the specific circumstances of a truck accident, any of the
following parties could be partially or wholly liable for the victim’s damages:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company/truck driver’s employer
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The party responsible for truck maintenance
- The party responsible for truck repairs
- The person or party who loaded the truck’s cargo
- A manufacturer of a defective truck or defective truck part
- A construction company, engineer, or another party responsible for a defective roadway
- Another negligent motorist on the road
The trucking company, its insurance provider, or another liable party may
try to argue that
you were partially at fault for the crash. While this does not necessarily
preclude you from filing a claim (unless they argue that you were more
than 50 percent at fault), it
could affect your recovery. Under Connecticut’s modified comparative negligence
rule, your recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. So, if
the trucking company’s insurance provider determines that you were
30 percent at fault, you could only recover up to 70 percent of the amount
you are seeking in damages.
Damages for Truck Accident Victims
Truck accidents often result in devastating bodily injuries, such as traumatic
brain injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more. Victims
typically face significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges
as a result. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek fair compensation
for your losses.
While every case is different, many truck accident victims recover the
following types of damages:
- Medical expenses, including future care costs
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Loss of future earnings and income
- Medications, medical equipment, and related costs
- Home modifications to accommodate disabilities
- In-home assistance and care costs
- Lost or diminished earning ability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life/enjoyment of life
In rare cases, it may be possible to pursue punitive damages. Also known
as exemplary damages, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant
for egregious negligence or wanton/willful misconduct.
Our truck accident lawyers in Middletown at RisCassi & Davis, P.C.
can help you understand which types of damages you may be entitled to
receive, as well as the potential value of your claim, during a no-cost,
no-obligation consultation. Reach out to us today to learn more.
How RisCassi & Davis, P.C. Can Help
Navigating the aftermath of a large truck accident is no easy task. You
likely have many considerable physical, emotional, and financial challenges
ahead of you—but our firm is here to make the recovery process easier.
We bring more than 65 years of experience to our practice, as well as
a reputation for aggressive client advocacy and tireless litigation. We
can handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing
and moving forward with your life.
We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do
not owe any legal fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
Schedule a complimentary consultation today by calling
(860) 245-2412 or by reaching us