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.
On This Page:
- Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Who is Liable for a Trucking Accident?
- Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Get Help Today
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 or faulty 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.
Improperly Loaded/Overloaded Trucks
When the cargo on a tractor-trailer is not secured properly it can cause the load to shift during transit or even fall off the trailer onto other vehicles. Semi-trucks that are overloaded have too much cargo which can make the trailer harder to maneuver through traffic and more difficult to stop.
Poor Maintenance/Defective Parts
Like all vehicles, commercial trucks must be regularly maintained to ensure they are safe to drive. Sometimes a trucker or their employer will forego regular maintenance in order to save costs, increasing the risk of an accident due to a broken or faulty part. Semi-trucks and trailers can have defective parts, just like passenger vehicles. When recalled, a defective part or vehicle must be replaced immediately to avoid a potential accident.
Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Traffic law violations
- Negligent hiring/supervision
- 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 accountable.
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
Because of the complexities of trucking accident cases, it's crucial that you work with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Connecticut who knows the ins and outs of these cases.
Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a semi-truck, big-rig or other type of commercial vehicle, you are entitled to be justly compensated with any injuries or losses related to the accident. However, receiving this compensation is not easy when multimillion-dollar corporations are involved.
A Connecticut trucking accident attorney from our firm can help you fight for the following types of compensation, and more:
- Cost of medical treatment, including hospital stay and following up visits
- Lost wages from not being able to work
- Cost of vehicle repair and other property damage
- Long-term medical care for permanent injuries
- Loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death damages
Contact our team at RisCassi & Davis, P.C. to learn more about how much your truck accident claim might be worth by scheduling a free consultation.
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?
What percentage of accidents are caused by trucks?
How long do you have to sue after a CT truck accident?
What are the "no-zones" when driving near semi trucks?
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 of Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyers
Our truck accident lawyers in Connecticut have worked on hundreds of truck accident cases during 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.
$12.6 Million Wrongful Death
Injury and death damages as a result of an explosion at the Kleen Energy plant.
$11 Million Truck Accident
Collision with commercial delivery truck results in brain injury.
$9 Million Paralyzed Worker
$9,000,000 settlement for a paralyzed construction worker.
$8.1 Million Medical Malpractice
Improperly performed biopsy lead to wrongful death.
$7.5 Million Automobile Accident
Nursing student who was rendered a paraplegic as the result of a motor vehicle accident.