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If you’ve sustained injuries in a truck accident in Connecticut, The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. can help with your truck accident claim.
Consumers countrywide depend on large commercial trucks to deliver goods to retail outlets every day. Having these big rigs on the move is essential for economic growth, but the consequences can be catastrophic. Semis can weigh over twenty times more than the passenger vehicles on the roadways. 80,000 lbs against a 3,000 lb car can be devastating, and accidents involving tractor-trailers often end in fatalities.
In Connecticut, semi accidents can spontaneously occur for a variety of reasons and with little warning. An investigation into the accident is always conducted to find the at-fault party as it isn’t always apparent. It’s not always the truck driver’s fault, but sometimes drivers of the smaller vehicles on the roads are the cause. Some of the most common causes of big rig accidents are:
- Passenger vehicle drivers who are distracted, negligent, or impaired
- Truck drivers who are improperly trained, overly exhausted, or distracted
- A failure in the machinal makeup of the truck
- Road conditions
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident in Connecticut, you need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who knows how the laws work and can make you a priority. Our team at the Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. are skilled truck accident attorneys with proven experience in gaining compensation for their clients. We know every claim is different and understand you are not just a case, but a person.
Safety Tips For Helping Avoid Accidents
We hear the phrase, “safety first” our whole lives. When it comes to sharing roadways with other vehicles, we need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of not only ourselves but the other vehicles and who they may be transporting as well. A few steps can include:
- Give extra clearance while changing lanes on the highway
- Drivers may not be able to see you so keep their turn signals in mind while driving
- Dangerous driving should always be reported
- Weather is fickle and can change in a blink, but checking the reported weather can give you an advantage
- Make sure you aren’t changing lanes too close to other drivers
- Always stay visible and be mindful of blind spots
- Avoid road rage
Different Types Of Trucks Out On The Roads
Approximately, every two hours, someone loses life due to a vehicular accident. The larger the vehicle, the more devastating the results of a crash can be. The large vehicles we see on the roadways can all be extremely dangerous, including:
- Trucks hauling oversized loads
- Flatbed trucks
- Construction equipment
- Cement trucks
- Dump trucks
- Recreational vehicles, or RVs
- Garbage trucks
- Fuel tankers
- Log carriers
What Should You Do If You’re Involved In A Big Truck Accident In Connecticut?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a semi, they may not know what to do next, or may not be able to do anything. If you are able, here are some very important things you should do immediately:
- Explain any pain you may be feeling to emergency services and seek emergency treatment for any injuries.
- While the events are still fresh in your mind, make a report with law enforcement. The more you can tell them and the more that is documented, the better your situation will be.
- Find a law firm that can help you. Look for dedication, compassion, and integrity. A firm that will do as much as possible for you in this time of confusion and pain, one who will fight for every cent of compensation you deserve.
The Dangers Of Semis In Connecticut
Extensive training is needed to properly operate a semi, and devastating crashes can be the result of inadequate training. Other reasons crashes with semis can be catastrophic include:
- Dangerous Cargo- Depending on what the truck is hauling, the danger could be increased exponentially. Flammable substances and explosive or hazardous material are around us on the roadways every day.
- Prolonged Stopping Distance- At 60 miles an hour, trucks need at least 350 feet to come to a complete stop.
- Impaired Maneuverability- Due to their size, semis need more room than their smaller counterparts. Any obstacle in the road can be disastrous.
- Size- At 80,000 lbs fully loaded, it’s easy to see how their size is one of the biggest dangers they possess.
- Full Loads- More weight to an already hard to handle big rig can add more danger as well.
Your Car Isn’t The Only Thing That Could Be Damaged In An Accident
While no compensation can replace a loved one, it may help with the transition into life as you have to live it now. Damage to you or a family member due to an accident with a semi may be included in your claim for compensation. These damages include:
- Loss of income, both current and future
- Medical Bills
- Surgery and other procedure costs
- Rehabilitation and nursing home costs
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished Quality of Life
Members of the victim’s families can file a claim or be included in yours as well. There are a few things they can claim compensation for, like loss of consortium, or when a victim’s injuries are so severe they can no longer hold the same level of companionship they did previously. This can include parents who can no longer offer the same guidance or support for their children or the degree of affection a spouse will display is significantly decreased.
Truck Accident Types
Some of the many different ways in which a truck can collide with another vehicle include:
- Underride– A passenger vehicle that can’t stop in time or isn’t paying attention could become lodged under the back of the trailer.
- Wide turns– Semi drivers need extra room to turn and could pin smaller vehicles to a wall or sidewalk.
- Wind Shifts– Semis are taller and can catch the wind causing the load to shift. High winds can actually blow a big rig right over.
- T Bone- Failure to yield to traffic signage could result in a collision with the traffic crossing the path of the truck.
- Head-on– This occurs when one vehicle collides with the front of another.
- Jackknife– When the cab of the truck pivots at the fifth wheel and comes to run alongside the trailer.
- Truck rollovers– A truck that has tipped off one side of tears has a huge chance of going right over, sliding down the road, and taking everything in its path.
- Lost Loads– Often log haulers or dump trucks have loads that aren’t completely secure which could become more unstable and spill out onto the road.
- Blind spots– Mirrors are great but there are places they cannot see. These areas are referred to as blind spots.
- Tire blowouts– When any vehicle loses a tire, it can be stressful and dangerous. However, big rigs are even more hazardous as it is harder to control the sway and weight.
- Rear-end collisions– When a truck can’t stop behind a vehicle and collides.
Most Common Reasons For Truck Accidents
The reasons a semi-truck accident can occur could be something small, but the results can still be devastating. Here are some of the common causes of 18-wheeler accidents:
- Brake Failure
- Shifting Cargo
- Bad Weather Conditions
- Obstacles in the road
- Unsafe passing
- Lack of training or experience
- Driver Fatigue
- Poor Road Conditions
- Impaired Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Lane Drifting
- Improper Truck Maneuvers
- Distracted Driving
- Tire trouble
- Road construction
- Blind Spots
Semi accidents are shown to be the driver’s fault 33% of the time. Driving behaviors can lead to catastrophic collisions, many of which can be fatal. These behaviors include :
- Careless Driving
- Failure to yield
- Lane drifting
- Impaired Driving
Outside reasons for commercial truck accidents can include:
- Defective Mechanical Parts
- Negligent Vehicle Upkeep
- Road Conditions
Our team at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is compassionate and dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve. We will fight for your rights against all who were involved or are otherwise responsible for your injuries.
Other People Who Can Be Held Accountable If Not The Driver
Everything in life can change, whether it’s an outside source of a problem or the ones more apparent. In the cases of truck accidents, it can often be someone other than the truck driver who is at fault. The owner of the trucking company could be to blame as well. The ways in which the employer could be to blame include:
- Maintenance isn’t up to date
- Long hours for the drivers
- Illegal transportation
- Safety inspections aren’t valid
- Cargo that isn’t secured property
- Ignoring the safety guidelines that are in place for the employees
- Not having properly certified drivers
The trucks that companies buy are investments in their company. The insurance for these vehicles and the cargo may be different from regular car insurance. For this reason, employers and insurance companies can pull out all the tricks to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. will find the responsible party and fight for your rights. The defendant can be more than one person, such as:
- The Employer– The responsibility of the upkeep of the truck falls on the owner of the vehicle. However, that doesn’t mean the driver. The employer is often the truck owner. They also place unrealistic expectations on the drivers and force them to run themselves into exhaustion. While an investigation is underway, your attorney will check log books and certifications to ensure they were doing the right thing.
- The shipping company– The shipping company, or where the driver went to get the cargo, is often responsible for securing the loads. If the loads get lost or they shift in a dangerous way, it could be the fault of the shipping company.
- The driver– Any investigation into your case will include a look at the driver and their fitness to operate such a machine. We’ll look into their emotional and mental stability, as well as any drug or alcohol usage.
- Parts Manufacturer– If a part on the truck doesn’t perform correctly, such as brakes locking and causing a jackknife situation, the manufacturer where the parts were made could be included in your case.
Semi accidents can be devastating, confusing, and painful. Our team at Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is committed, dedicated, and compassionate to you and your situation. Let us do all the exhausting and stressful work to gain the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, call The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. immediately to get your claim started with a no-obligation consultation.
Connecticut Truck Accident Injuries
The injuries caused by big rig accidents can vary greatly and can often be catastrophic. With such a big vehicle, which fully loaded can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, it is not hard to rationalize how bad the injuries could be when a semi crashes into a smaller 3,000-pound passenger vehicle. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Seat Belt Injuries
- Airbag Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBIs
- Head injuries including lacerations to the face and scalp
- Wrongful Death
- Emotional distress
- Rib or Torso Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Paralysis or Major Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Burned Skin or Disfigurement
- Internal Injuries
Calling A Truck Accident Attorney In Connecticut
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a truck accident? The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is here to help. We are always ready to answer any questions you may have about your situation and offer legal advice. With years of combined experience, you can count on us to stand by your side to fight for your rights and keep your best interest in mind. You can call us today at (860)-231-9535 for your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation, or you can visit mchamberslaw.com to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Learning About You and Your Case
After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to take in your case and describe the types of compensation that may be available to you. Any fees involved with moving forward will be discussed as some cases can work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll pay nothing until we secure a successful resolution.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint
The complaint will contain the details of the accident and your injuries, as well as the legal action we’re taking against the defendant and the compensation we’ll be seeking for you. The defendant will be required to give a response to the complaint.
The Discovery Process
Both parties may also take depositions or sworn statements and in some cases, we’ll consult with accident reconstruction or medical experts. These experts can provide reports and even testify on your behalf if needed.
Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings
The defendant may file a motion to get the case dismissed due to lack of evidence but we may file a motion for immediate relief based on a set of undisputed facts.
Negotiating a Settlement
The negotiation process starts with us making a demand for compensation. The defendant responds with an offer. The offer may be further negotiated until an agreement is settled upon.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. However, if a case goes to trial, our law firm has 15+ years of experience in the courtroom and we’re ready to fight for you.
Collecting Your Judgement or Settlement
Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
While a case is on appeal, settlement negotiations may actually resume in an effort to bring timely closure to the case.
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