Connecticut Truck Accident Attorney
Truck transportation presents severe safety risks including death and injury. There are over eleven million trucks on the roads in the United States accounting for nearly half a million truck collisions annually. Driver error accounts for ninety percent of all collisions. According to some studies as many as half of all truck accidents result from drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
One out of every eight automotive fatalities involve trucks including big rigs, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Trucking collisions have increased by 20% over the last two decades according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA.) In fact every 16 minutes, a truck crash or collision occurs.
Driver error accounts for ninety percent of all collisions. According to some studies as many as half of all truck accidents result from drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
One tired, overworked truck driver can cause a life-changing collision. Trucks weigh 30 times more than a typical automobile. The increased size and weight of the typical truck increases the impact and consequences of a collision.
A truck collision is not just a bigger car wreck. There are often multiple responsible entities involved with complicated truck liability insurance policies. Truck companies typically are very sophisticated and conduct exhaustive and often self-serving investigations after a collision.
Leading Causes of Truck Collisions:
Some of the leading causes of truck collisions include:
– Driver Error. Driver error is the most common cause truck collisions. This includes fatigue, inattention, distractions, or substance abuse.
– Equipment Failure. The second most common cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure, including design and manufacturing errors such as defective tires, lack of reverse-detection warning devices, and improperly maintained brakes or tires. Drivers are required to perform a pre-trip inspection and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year. Often these rules are ignored resulting preventable injuries.
– Weather conditions. The heavy weight of the trucks and their loads, impairs braking distance in bad weather. Big trucks cannot stop as quickly as cars. Truck drivers must take into account for these limitations during adverse weather conditions.
– Improper loading. When a truck’s load is not safely configured or distributed on the trailer, the vehicle can become imbalanced load, causing a truck to tip over when it would otherwise remain upright. Improper loading can also lead to a load not being properly secured, then falling off the truck and onto the roadways in the lanes of traffics.
Compensation for Injuries Suffered in Truck Collisions
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck collision you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
– Past and future medical costs and expenses.
– Lost Wages
– Destruction of earning capacity
– Pain and Suffering:
– Mental Anguish
– Punitive damages