Accidents involving large trucks are often devastating, due to their size and weight. On average, commercial trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. This fact, in addition to driver error and negligent acts committed on the road, makes these vehicles extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Haven truck accident, you may have the grounds for legal action. Contact Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Why Choose Our Truck Accident Attorney?
We have garnered widespread recognition from lawyers and our community, which has transferred into the opportunity to serve injured persons across the state of Connecticut.
Your truck accident case will receive a level of dedication and respect that cannot be found at another injury law firm.
Our firm has more than 100 years of collective experience striving to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.
Top Causes of Truck Accidents
The most common acts of negligence that can result in a truck crash include:
Traveling too fast for conditions
Misjudgment of speed
Following too closely
Aggressive driving behavior
Vehicle-related failure involving brakes, tires, steering, or cargo
Turning without checking mirrors
Driving while intoxicated
The speed of the vehicles involved in the collision will typically depict the severity of the injuries suffered by victims. Property damage and injuries can be especially catastrophic in override and underride accidents. An override accident occurs when a truck rides over a smaller vehicle. Whereas, an underride accident happens when a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear or side of a large truck, gets pinned, and then crushed underneath the tractor-trailer. However, head-on collisions are typically considered the most dangerous to its victims.
What Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accident victims are entitled to recover financial damages for all losses and costs they incur as a result of harm caused by the at-fault party’s negligent or reckless conduct. Personal injury damages may include the following:
Medical bills (past and future)
Lost wages (past and future)
Pain and suffering
An attorney may also be able to recover unexpected out-of-pocket expenses related to the crash. Those might be, for example, over the counter medication or supplies, a rental car, taxis, hospital parking tickets, etc.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer
In some situations, an injured party may be offered a settlement by an insurance company, either their own insurer or the one belonging to the negligent party. It is important to carefully consider whether to accept the insurance settlement or to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance companies often seek to settle personal injury claims quickly and for as little money as possible. Therefore, an appealing settlement offer may not actually offer adequate compensation for the severity of your injuries and other damages. A truck accident attorney can help evaluate the value of your claim, explain your legal options, and protect you in negotiations with the insurance companies.
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