Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyers
Injury Claims Involving Semi-Trucks, Big Rigs & Other Large Commercial Vehicles
Since 1955, the Connecticut truck accident lawyers at RisCassi & Davis,
P.C. have represented many thousands of people injured in motor vehicle
accidents with large semi-trucks, big rigs, delivery trucks, 18-wheelers,
and other commercial vehicles. We are ready to help you fight for the
fair compensation you are owed.
Why choose RisCassi & Davis, P.C.?
- We are a nationally recognized legal team that has been highly awarded
and honored for our work on truck accident cases
- You will receive a dedicated legal team, including a lead attorney, that
will remain readily available to help you along the way
- We always respond quickly to all client inquires and requests, and we offer
personalized and compassionate representation you can trust
- Our team has successfully secured tens of millions of dollars for our clients,
including some of Connecticut’s largest injury settlements and verdicts
- We do not charge any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses; our attorneys’
only collect fees if and when they win your case
We are able to travel anywhere in Connecticut to meet with you, whether
that’s in your home or at the hospital, and we offer evening and
weekend appointments upon request.
Call us today at
(860) 245-2412 or submit an
online case evaluation form to request a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Connecticut truck accident
attorneys are standing by to help.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucks often weigh 20 times more than cars and are much taller with greater
ground clearance than cars. The weight discrepancy alone often causes
much of the damage in these accidents, though the height of trucks often
leads smaller vehicles to underride trucks in collisions, as well.
Truck braking capability is also a major factor in truck crashes. Loaded
tractor-trailers take 20 to 40 percent farther than cars to stop, and
the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or in trucks with
poorly maintained brakes.
Truck driver fatigue is also recognized as a crash risk factor. Often,
truck drivers are fatigued due to hours-of-service violations. When trucking
companies put pressure on truck drivers to meet strict deadlines or unrealistic
quotas, drivers can be tempted to drive beyond the allowable hours, leading
to fatigue. Fatigue has been shown to be just as dangerous as intoxication
when it comes to operating a motor vehicle.
Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Traffic law violations
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Negligent hiring/supervision
- Lack of truck maintenance
- Failure to repair truck parts
- Defective roadways
- Unsafe weather conditions
Because of their size and weight, trucks are statistically more likely
to be involved in multi-vehicle accidents. The devastation caused by these
collisions is immense—and the liable party can and should be held
Who Is Liable for Truck Accidents?
Truck accident cases are very complex due to the many potentially liable parties.
Some of the many possibly liable entities include:
- The trucking company
- The truck driver
- A hiring manager or supervisor
- The person/party responsible for truck maintenance
- A truck repair company
- A manufacturer of a defective truck/truck part
- Another motorist or third party
- A construction company that designed/built a defective road
Truck Accident FAQ:
Do semi truck accidents usually go to trial?
Most personal injury cases don't end up going to trial because they are
able to settle outside of court. Our firm will do our best to get you
a fair settlement pre-trial, but if we are unable to reach a satisfactory
offer, we will not hesitate to take your case to court to get you the
compensation you deserve.
How much compensation can you get from a semi truck accident?
Semi truck accident settlements usually average fairly high settlement
amounts because the injuries associated with these kinds of accidents
are often catastrophic. No matter what injuries you have sustained, we
will fight to get you fair compensation for: medical expenses, lost income
(both past and future), pain and suffering, and any other damages.
What percentage of accidents are caused by trucks?
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that
over 5,000 individuals were killed in crashes involving large trucks.
In the same year over 159,000 were injured in the same kind of accidents.
How long do you have to sue after a CT truck accident?
If you were injured in a truck accident you have up to 2 years to file
a personal injury claim in Connecticut. In cases where surviving family
members are filing on behalf of lost loved ones, you have up to 2 years
after the individual's death to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
What are the "no-zones" when driving near semi trucks?
"No-zones" refer to the blind spots around a commercial truck
where the driver is least likely to see you. These no-zones typically
span from the side doors on the truck and include the lanes on either
side of the truck's trailer. Staying in these areas for a long period
of time, or attempting to pass a truck (particularly on the right) put
you at greater risk for being involved in an accident.
What Should I Do Following a Truck Accident?
In the days following your accident it's imperative that you take the following
steps to protect your rights and your case:
- Get medical attention and keep a record of any injuries or treatments received
- Contact a tractor trailer accident attorney as soon as possible before
talking with any insurance companies
- Avoid giving any information to the trucking company's insurance; allow
your lawyer to speak on your behalf
- Refer any inquiries from insurance companies to your lawyer
- Take it easy and allow yourself to recover; truck accidents can be traumatic
and it's important that you give yourself time to come to terms with things
Trust Your Case to Our Skilled Team
Our truck accident lawyers in Connecticut have worked on hundreds of truck
accident cases over our more than 65 years of practice, and we have experts
in trucking and truck accident reconstruction available to give you every
advantage in your case.
We have handled cases involving improper loading of trucks, excessive weight,
improper adjustment of brakes or slack adjusters, failure to use mirrors
or rear vision cameras, excessive speed, and following too closely or
tailgating by tractor-trailers and other trucks. In other words, we have
seen it all.
It’s important to note that accidents involving trucks are not always
the fault of the truck driver. We have also been pleased to represent
truck drivers who were injured through the negligence and carelessness
of other drivers.
Please contact our truck accident attorneys in Connecticut today to learn
how we can help you. Call
(860) 245-2412 or submit an
online request form.