Dangers of Large Trucks
Commercial vehicles are an important part of the infrastructure of America, allowing for widespread transportation of products and produce, and bringing food and water to citizens across the U.S. Unfortunately, large trucks pose many threats to other motorists in the event of an accident. Over 3,000 truck wrecks occurred here in Connecticut in 2008, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. These collisions included commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers, construction and farm vehicles, and other types of large trucks.
Ordinarily, a large commercial truck will weigh 20-30x more than the typical passenger vehicle. This can make for disastrous results in the event of a collision. As a safe driver, it’s important to practice defensive driving skills, but it is also essential to remain aware to the hazards that exist on the road every day, including the dangers of large trucks.
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a truck wreck, you could be eligible for compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has been representing Connecticut truck accident victims for decades and offers over 140 years of combined legal experience. If you believe you may have a case, we are here to provide you with a free case evaluation.
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Common Hazards Posed by Commercial Vehicles
Of the more than 3,000 2008 truck wrecks on Connecticut roads, nearly 600 resulted in injuries, and 13 ended in fatality. In most instances, the causes of a large truck accident will involve driver error (on the trucker’s part or that of another motorist), a mechanical defect or violation of safety standards. Regardless of the cause of an accident, these large vehicles provide for unique dangers:
- Aggressive truckers
- Excessive weight
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Hazardous cargo
- Inexperienced truckers
- Intoxicated drivers
- Loose cargo
- Mechanical defects
- Poor blind spot visibility
- Poor maintenance
- Runaway trailers
- Rushed truckers
- Unbalanced loads
When a passenger vehicle is involved with a collision with a large vehicle such as a dump truck, livestock carrier or tanker truck, the results can be devastating, in large part because of these unique dangers that are posed by the size and nature of commercial vehicles.
Mechanical Defects & Poor Maintenance in Large Trucks
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the trucking industry still has strides to make when it comes to complying with safety regulations. Some common reasons for truck accidents include some sort of mechanical failure.
Some common mechanical factors in trucking accidents include:
- Brake failure or malfunction
- Coupling defects
- Defroster malfunction
- Hydraulic hose damage
- Poor headlamp, taillight or turning signal maintenance or damage
- Side-view mirror damage
- Steering system defects
- Tire defects, e.g. tread separation that can lead to tire blowout
- Trailer hitch defects
- Wheel defects
- Windshield wiper defects
If you have been involved in a crash due to the mechanical failure of a part, unsecured cargo or the poor maintenance of the involved truck, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an experienced CT truck accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Injuries Sustained in Truck Wrecks
The size, weight and cargo-carrying nature of a large truck can cause injuries sustained in a truck crash to be more severe than in ordinary fender-benders with passenger vehicles.
Some common injuries in a truck accident include:
- Abdominal damage
- Airbag trauma
- Amputation / loss of limb
- Brain damage
- Back and neck trauma, e.g.whiplash
- Internal damage
- Spinal cord trauma
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries due to another motorist’s negligence, you could have grounds for legal recourse. A law firm with experience in representing victims of large trucking accidents can help you establish whether you have a case.
Contact our Connecticut Truck Crash Law Firm
The damage that can occur in a collision with a large truck can affect you physically, emotionally and financially. When all of this trauma is caused by another driver’s negligence, the accident victim should not have to be responsible for all of the hardship they have to endure. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that negligent parties should be held accountable for their actions.
Our attorneys know how trying life can be in the aftermath of a truck collision. That is why we offer our legal expertise to victims of Connecticut truck wrecks and never charge a fee unless we recover a fair and just verdict or settlement on behalf of our client. We proudly serve clients throughout Connecticut and offer 3 convenient office locations in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, serving residents in the following areas:
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