New Haven Truck Accident Attorneys
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck accident in Connecticut, you will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. You could be entitled to compensation for all of your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Crashes involving large trucks are far more complicated than traditional passenger vehicle wrecks. Unlike common automobile accidents in which one driver or the other is typically at fault, liability for truck accidents may extend to other parties not directly involved in a crash.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can conduct an independent investigation of your accident to determine the cause of the accident. We will also identify all possible negligent parties and work tirelessly to make sure they are held accountable.
Do not wait to take legal action if you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident. You can have our New Haven truck accident lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
Many truck accident victims will be contacted for insurance companies representing the negligent parties soon after their accidents. These insurers will aggressively try to pressure victims into accepting lump-sum settlements to resolve their injury cases.
You should avoid speaking to any insurance company until you have an attorney. Most insurers are usually trying to get victims to make damaging admissions which are later used to justify not paying anything at all.
Keep in mind that whatever settlement an insurance company might offer you is usually far less than what you are owed, or what you may need for your future expenses. You can try to negotiate a more lucrative settlement by yourself, but a lawyer will be better suited to handle these kinds of discussions on your behalf.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will be able to accurately gauge the value of your case against the negligent parties responsible for your truck crash. We will then seek every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers was a winner of the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Jonathan Perkins has more than three decades of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Our firm’s record of success includes $300,000 recovered for a man who suffered head, neck, left arm, hand and right knee injuries in a truck accident. We will negotiate a full and fair settlement that provides for all of your past, present, and future needs.
If an insurance company does not make a satisfactory offer, the injury lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will file a lawsuit to try your case in court. Throughout the process, you can count on our firm to provide you with regular updates about the progress in your case.
You should also know that our attorneys will meet with you in your home or hospital room if you are unable to visit our office. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Commercial truck crashes are more complicated than most car accidents because of the number of possible liable parties. Truck owners themselves must maintain insurance policies that are far higher than standard passenger limits, but some of the possible responsible parties for a truck accident can include:
- Truck drivers
- Truck owners
- Truck part manufacturers
- Maintenance companies
- Shipping agencies
- Cargo loading companies
- Governmental entities
- Other motorists
The actual cause of your accident ultimately determines who is liable. Truck drivers are often initially assumed to be at fault, but numerous mechanical issues can arise that may cause some crashes.
Some of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Operating under the influence (OUI) or driving under the influence (DUI)
- Unsafe road conditions
- Failure to maintain
- Driver error
- Driver fatigue
- Defective parts
- Improperly loaded or secured cargo
- Inclement weather
Most commercial trucks are subject to strict federal regulations, such as weight limits and limits on the number of hours that drivers can operate consecutively or in a given week. Trucking companies frequently move very quickly to cover up or possibly web destroy evidence of these violations.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the 2015 Connecticut Crash Facts Book, 31 qualifying commercial vehicle crashes (1.47 percent) resulted in fatalities. Another 856 crashes (40.61 percent) resulted in injuries.
The first harmful event in 1,638 commercial vehicle crashes (79.44 percent) in Connecticut was a collision with another motor vehicle in operation. The next most common causes were 62 involving guardrail face (3.01 percent), 54 involving parked motor vehicles (2.62 percent), 46 involving collisions with other non-fixed objects (2.23 percent), and 43 involving bridge overhead structures (2.09 percent).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that the 4,440 large trucks and buses involved in 4,079 fatal crashes in 2016 were both the highest totals since 2007. The 4,564 total fatalities were also the most since 2007.
According to FMCSA, the 125,000 large trucks and buses involved in 119,000 crashes causing 180,000 injuries in 2016 were all the highest totals for each category dating back to 1996. The number of registered large trucks and buses was also higher than it has ever been with a total of 12,474,722.
Contact a New Haven Truck Accidents Attorney Today
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a commercial truck crash in Connecticut? Do not speak to any insurance company without first contacting Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Our firm will diligently investigate the circumstances of your collision and make sure all negligent parties are held accountable. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut, or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.