Waterbury Truck Accident
Trucks can cause catastrophic injuries. Many trucks carry hazardous or flammable materials that may contribute to the severity of an accident or resulting injuries. Due to the massive weight and size of trucks, they don’t have the same stopping time as other vehicles. High speeds and hazardous road or weather conditions can be even more dangerous when involving a truck.
Laws Governing Trucks
Due to the inherent dangers of trucks, there are strict laws governing their use on the road. Some of these laws include:
- Professional truck drivers must receive ample breaks to prevent exhaustion or fatigue.
- The weight of the truck and cargo is regulated.
- The maintenance schedule is expected to be consistent.
- Accurate logs must be kept.
Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
There may be one or more parties responsible for injuries caused by a truck accident. In order to prove responsibility, you and your legal team must prove that the party breached the acceptable standard of care. This is typically done by proving that they broke the law. You also must prove that the breach of care led to your serious injuries. The parties often held responsible include:
- The driver: The driver is often held liable for truck accidents.
- The trucking company: Trucking companies may be considered at fault for hiring unqualified drivers, having unreasonable expectations of their drivers, or not maintaining their equipment.
- Manufacturer: Truck, freight, and truck part manufacturers may be held responsible for truck accidents. This is typically due to product failure.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Whether it’s an action of the truck driver or due to unfavorable road conditions, there are many things that can contribute to causing a truck accident. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- Illegal or improper maneuvering: Including failing to signal a lane change, improper lane change, and speeding. High speeds are more dangerous when a truck is involved. Speeding causes many truck accidents.
- Work Mistakes: Sometimes the trucking company operates with unrealistic or dangerous expectations. This can lead to truck drivers driving while tired or driving recklessly to attempt to make quota. Another cause of truck accidents is inadequately trained drivers who cannot keep control of their vehicle.
- Distracted or Impaired Driving: When a driver is tired, drunk, or otherwise distracted, it can lead to an accident.
- Wide Turns: Trucks sometimes require two lanes to make a turn. This can lead to accidents and injuries.
- Negligent Maintenance: When a truck isn’t maintained properly, it can lead to dangerous conditions.
- Product Defects: If the manufacturer creates a defective truck part, it can lead to terrible injuries.
- Overloaded Trucks: One of the dangers of driving an overloaded truck is that the vehicle may roll over. This is dangerous to other drivers and the truck driver.
- Blind Spots: Due to their size, trucks have large blind spots. When someone enters a truck’s blind spot, they may be in danger of being injured.
- External Conditions: Uneven or poorly maintained roads can cause a truck driver to lose control. Weather conditions may also cause slippery or unfavorable conditions that may contribute to a truck accident.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
When there’s a truck accident, it’s usually the people who have been hit by the truck that sustain the worst of injuries. Truck drivers are often protected by the size of their vehicle, though they still may end up injured. Some of the most common injuries seen in truck accidents include:
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. You shouldn’t go through the process alone. An experienced lawyer can assist you in the confusing experience of filing a truck accident lawsuit and help you get the damages you deserve. Call (203) 573-0019 for a free legal consultation with our attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC.