New Haven Inclement Weather Truck Accident Attorneys
Sharing the road with commercial vehicles is dangerous enough on clear days, but the risks posed by large trucks during bad weather are even greater. All drivers have a duty to drive safely during bad weather.
However, commercial truck drivers have an even greater duty to drive safely in inclement weather. Rain, snow, storms, tornados, high winds, and other bad weather conditions make it more difficult for truck drivers to maintain safe control of their vehicles. Because of this, truck drivers are required to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of other motorists and their passengers.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an inclement weather truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our legal team has many years of experience with inclement weather truck accidents. Call us today at (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation so we help you get the justice you deserve.
Why Hire an Inclement Weather Truck Accident Lawyer?
Retaining an attorney who has the extensive knowledge and expertise required to successfully handle inclement weather truck accidents is the best action you can take after your accident. The sooner you get legal representation, the sooner you can get the stress of dealing with insurance companies and legal matters off of your plate so that you can focus on your recovery.
Without an inclement weather truck accident attorney, it will be virtually impossible for you to get the compensation for your accident that you are entitled to. In fact, by having an inclement weather truck accident attorney on your side, you may get up to three times more financial compensation than you might get if you try to handle the legal aspects of your accident by yourself.
Experienced New Haven inclement weather truck accident lawyers will put their experience and their highly-specialized knowledge to work for you, which will greatly increase a favorable outcome for you, not only in receiving compensation but also in receiving fair compensation for all of your losses from this accident.
Competent inclement weather truck accident lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident. They will also gather, use, and present detailed evidence that supports your case.
A seasoned inclement weather truck accident lawyer will also seamlessly guide you through the process of pursuing justice for the suffering you are dealing with. The value of an experienced personal injury attorney’s familiarity with settlement negotiations, knowledge about the compensation you should expect, and legal knowledge can’t be overstated.
Hiring an inclement weather truck accident attorney also gives you additional support while you go through this difficult time.
After sustaining serious injuries from or losing a loved one in an inclement weather truck accident, the thought of pursuing compensation through a lawsuit can be overwhelming.
You are burdened with stress right now. Not only have you been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an inclement weather truck accident, but, in addition to your health, you are facing many other stressors.
These include property damage or loss, lost income, emotional and mental trauma, and potential loss of income due to disability or inability to return to work at all.
However, when you hire a trustworthy inclement weather truck accident lawyer, pursuing compensation is key to moving forward on the long road of recovery. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at (203) 397-1283 now for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for Your Inclement Weather Truck Accident?
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we always put our clients’ goals first as evidenced by our proven track record of success.. We use a detailed case management system that enables us to exceed the capabilities of other law firms. Our case management system lets us give you and every one of our other clients the detailed, personalized attention that each of their cases deserves.
For example, we will make sure that you have access to the medical care you require. We will also help you keep detailed records of your medical condition. We will also always keep you informed of your case’s progress and ensure that you receive regular updates.
Our firm has over three decades of experience fighting on behalf of injured New Haven area residents. We work tirelessly to put our legal experience, skill, and knowledge to work for you.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers firmly believes that when someone else’s negligence causes you harm, you deserve to have your legal rights upheld and you deserve compensation for the losses their actions have left you will. We work to ensure that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for your medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning potential, and other economic and non-economic costs related to your accident.
Since Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers works for you on a contingency fee basis, you don’t owe us anything until we win your case. Contact us now at (203) 397-1283 for a no-cost consultation about your inclement weather truck accident case.
Inclement Weather Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can handle a wide variety of cases involving truck accidents caused by bad weather. Common causes of truck accidents involving bad weather include, but are not limited to, the following hazardous conditions:
- Heavy rain or thunderstorms
- Sleet or freezing rain
- Ice on roadways
- Snow or blizzards
- High winds
- Fog or mist
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the responsibility for regulating the commercial trucking industry in the United States. The FMCSA requires that truck drivers use “extreme caution” when operating a commercial truck in hazardous weather conditions. Weather is considered to be hazardous when visibility or the traction of a commercial truck are negatively affected.
Truck drivers are required, at a minimum, to reduce their speed in inclement weather conditions. If the weather is exceedingly dangerous, truck drivers may be required to stop driving at all until conditions improve. Truck drivers can proceed cautiously to the nearest safe place to stop if stopping immediately would be too dangerous for them and other drivers.
Unfortunately, these regulations do not provide an absolute standard for when a truck driver should take precautions during bad weather, nor do they specify the precautions recommended for specific situations.
This lack of specificity can make it difficult to determine when the driver was in violation of federal regulations. However, an experienced inclement weather truck accident lawyer can drill down through all the details and evidence in your accident to determine whether the truck driver acted negligently.
The FMCSA regulations are clear that truck drivers are responsible for exercising extreme caution when driving in inclement weather. However, some truck drivers do not always comply with these regulations when they are driving in bad weather.
Generally, apart from mandated stops by law enforcement or closed roads because of inclement weather, it is up to individual truck drivers to decide what precautions are necessary during periods of hazardous weather and when they should stop driving.
One factor that plays into this decision is the industry fact that commercial truck drivers are often under intense pressure from their employers to meet strict delivery deadlines, regardless of the driving conditions they face. So, employers who wrongfully pressure their drivers into continuing to drive during inclement weather may also be held accountable for their actions.
A competent inclement weather truck accident attorney can help determine which parties were negligent in your accident and will work to hold them accountable. Depending on the specifics of your accident, the driver, owner, employer, maintenance workers, and more could be liable for the damages caused by your inclement weather truck accident.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive from My Inclement Weather Truck Accident?
There are various forms of compensation you may be eligible to receive if you have been involved in a truck accident caused in part by bad weather. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Lost earning potential due to your injuries
- Lost wages due to missing work
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If someone you love was killed in an inclement weather truck accident, there are additional forms of compensation you may receive. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers we also handle wrongful death cases.
What to Do After You’ve Been Involved in an Inclement Weather Truck Accident
After you’ve been involved in an inclement weather truck accident, there are a few things you need to do if you are able:
- Call 911 so that emergency services and law enforcement can respond to the accident
- Take pictures or videos of the accident scene
- Get the truck driver’s name, contact information, insurance information, and vehicle information, including the trucking company name and number, the DOT number, and the license tag number
- Get witness contact information
- Seek medical attention if you are not transported by ambulance to the hospital, because some injuries may not be detectable at the accident scene
You will probably be contacted quickly by the truck driver’s and/or trucking company’s insurance company with an offer of a lump-sum settlement. Do not talk with them. Retain legal counsel as soon as possible and let your attorney handle all settlement negotiations with the insurance companies.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers knows that insurance settlement negotiations can often expedite the process for you receiving the compensation you deserve. However, if our attempts to negotiate settlements are not productive, we will take your case to court to ensure that you get the justice you are entitled to.
Contact Us Today
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand the catastrophic impact that an inclement weather truck accident has had on you and your loved ones. We have the knowledge and experience to make sure that trying to deal with legal matters on top of everything else you are dealing with isn’t a burden you have to carry alone.
Contact us now at (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your inclement weather truck accident. If you can’t get to our offices because of your injuries, we will come to where you are recovering – in the hospital, in a rehabilitation facility, or at home.