Waterbury Truck Accident Attorneys
18-Wheeler Accidents can have Devastating Consequences
Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a commercial truck accident in Connecticut? You may be entitled to numerous damages, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A commercial truck crash is much different from a conventional car accident. The causes of these types of accidents can frequently be difficult to determine, and multiple parties could be liable for damages in some cases.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles large truck accident cases in Waterbury and many surrounding areas of Connecticut. Our firm has experience conducting extensive independent investigations of these types of crash scenes and holding negligent parties accountable.
You want to seek legal representation as soon as possible after a commercial vehicle accident. Call (203) 437-6190 to have our Waterbury truck accident attorneys review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.
Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
Most commercial trucks are owned by companies that must maintain automobile insurance policies with far higher limits than those required of standard passenger vehicle drivers. The insurance companies handling these policies are not necessarily inclined to automatically provide victims with benefits from these policies.
In some cases, insurers or trucking companies will send agents to crash scenes or even hospital rooms to try and get victims to sign forms that ultimately restrict their legal rights. You should not sign anything without first having the paperwork reviewed by an experienced attorney.
Similarly, some insurance companies will also attempt to contact victims through repeated phone calls. Again, you should avoid speaking to any insurer until you have legal counsel, as these conversations typically involve attempts to get victims to admit to responsibility for crashes unknowingly.
An insurance company may even offer you a lump-sum settlement to resolve your case, but you should know that these are usually lowball offers that are nowhere near what you are entitled to. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can negotiate a full and fair settlement to your case, and we are willing to file a lawsuit when an insurer does not make a satisfactory offer.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has over 30 years of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The personal injury attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience.
Our firm received the prestigious Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our record of success includes $300,000 recovered for a man who suffered head, neck, left arm, hand and right knee injuries in a truck crash.
When you hire Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we will diligently investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your accident and fight to make sure negligent parties are held accountable. Furthermore, we will work closely with you throughout this entire process so you are always up to date and fully informed about your case.
Additionally, our lawyers will meet you in person at your hospital room or home if you cannot come to our office. You can take advantage of a no cost, no obligation consultation when you call (203) 437-6190.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
The primary difference between commercial truck crashes and common car accidents is the number of parties that could be liable. Whereas most motor vehicle crashes usually result in one driver or another being at fault, commercial truck accidents are far more complex.
Depending on the specific cause of a crash, one or more of the following parties could be named in a civil action:
- Other motorists
- Governmental entities
- Cargo loading companies
- Shipping agencies
- Maintenance companies
- Truck part manufacturers
- Truck owners
- Truck drivers
Liability in truck crashes depends on the cause of the accidents. In many cases, a party that was not directly involved in a crash could be liable for some kind of failure or negligence that caused or contributed to causing a truck accident.
Any one of a number of events our decisions could be attributed to causing a truck crash, but some of the most common causes of these types of accidents generally include but are not limited to:
- Inclement weather
- Improperly loaded or secured cargo
- Defective parts
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error
- Failure to maintain
- Unsafe road conditions
- Operating under the influence (OUI) or driving under the influence (DUI)
Keep in mind that commercial vehicles must comply with various state and federal regulations. Many accidents involve violations of these regulations, such as hour limits for drivers or weight limits for vehicles, and it is essential to contact an attorney can seize any evidence of these violations before it disappears.
How Often Do Catastrophic Truck Accidents Happen?
The 2015 Connecticut Crash Facts Book reported that 31 qualifying commercial vehicle crashes resulted in fatalities. The Facts Book also found that 856 crashes resulted in injuries.
In 1,638 commercial vehicle crashes in Connecticut, the first harmful event was a collision with another motor vehicle in operation. The next most common causes involved 62 guardrail face incidents, 54 parked motor vehicles, 46 collisions with other non-fixed objects, and 43 bridge overhead structures incidents.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the 4,440 large trucks and buses involved in 4,079 fatal crashes and 4,564 total fatalities in 2016 were all the most since 2007. FMCSA also reported that the 125,000 large trucks and buses involved in 119,000 crashes causing 180,000 injuries in 2016 were the highest recorded totals of any year dating back to 1996.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck crash in Connecticut, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. You will want to make sure that you contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.
Our firm knows the many ways in which truck accidents can alter the lives of victims and we will fight to help you recover all of the compensation you deserve for your past, present, and future needs. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.