New Haven Truck Accident Lawyers
Without commercial trucks, New Haven, CT would be left without raw manufacturing materials, medications, food, retail goods, and everything else our economy needs. However, the size and shape of commercial trucks make them prone to serious accidents. These accidents often leave occupants of smaller cars (that are involved in the crash) seriously injured.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident in New Haven, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party. Find out now by calling The Dodd Law Firm at 203-272-1883.
Truck Accidents Leave Devastation in Their Wake
It’s no secret that truck accidents are often far more deadly than crashes that only involve passenger vehicles. Anyone who’s ever seen a truck crash can recall the debris on the road, the damage to the other vehicle, and the sudden buildup of traffic that comes with a large truck accident. In many cases, passenger vehicles are left totaled after an encounter with a tractor-trailer.
When you consider the massive size of these vehicles, it all makes sense. When a tractor-trailer is fully loaded, it can weigh up to 20 times more than a passenger vehicle. This means that it takes longer to slow down and causes more damage when it hits another object.
Additionally, the length of a tractor-trailer leaves them with significant blind spots on all four sides. That’s right—driving too close to a tractor-trailer on any side puts you in danger.
Don’t forget that tractor-trailers are the main way that companies transport hazardous chemicals. Not only do you have to worry about the force behind a large truck in a crash, but you also have to remember that it could be carrying explosive or otherwise dangerous chemicals.
Data gathered by the in cooperation with the CT DOT highlights the dangers of truck accidents. Between 2015 and 2021, roughly 1.3% of truck accidents caused fatal injuries. In comparison, 0.2% of all crashes led to deaths.
Injury Claims Can Be Incredibly Complicated
Truck accident claims can be fairly complex when compared to other types of traffic accidents. To start, there are many more parties involved.
In addition to you and the truck driver, there’s also the trucking company, the trucking company’s legal team, the cargo loader, and the party who owns the cargo. No one wants to be found liable for the crash, so while they’ll look for evidence that exonerates them, they won’t go out of their way to help you figure out who is accountable.
The presence of a trucking company’s legal and investigative team can also make it much harder for victims like you. This is especially likely when you’re hit by a driver from a large trucking company.
These companies often invest in sizable legal teams that get to work on accidents as soon as they happen. Their goal is to interpret the evidence in a way that limits the company’s liability. Of course, this puts you in a tough position when you are left with unexpected lost income, tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and no one taking responsibility for your injuries.
Truck Accident Evidence
However, there is one area in which truck accident claims may be more helpful than a passenger vehicle accident—they leave behind much more evidence than most other collisions. The sheer size of a tractor-trailer means that it is bound to leave its mark on the road, from skid marks and guardrail damage to massive amounts of debris and shut down highways.
Additionally, truck driving is a highly regulated field in the United States. Drivers and companies must follow strict regulations to prevent fatigued and distracted driving. When companies and drivers fail to abide by these restrictions, they expose themselves to legal liability.
Fortunately, tractor-trailers now use electronic logging devices to track hours of service, speed, GPS, break times, and other important data. This information can help your attorney figure out if the driver was violating any laws if they have a history of unsafe driving, or if they were possibly distracted or fatigued.
While truck accident cases can be challenging, having the right attorney working for you can make a big difference.
How Our Team Can Help
The team at The Dodd Law Firm is committed to helping truck accident victims like you. We’ve seen how truck accidents can change lives forever, leaving victims with permanent injuries or leaving families to grieve a lost loved one. When a truck driver, cargo loader, or truck manufacturer is negligent, we believe it is our job to hold them accountable and fight for you.
Truck accidents can be extremely expensive for victims. Since injuries tend to be more serious, victims often accrue significant medical bills while being unable to work. You should not be on the hook for any of this. Through an in-depth analysis of the evidence, we strive to build an ironclad case proving the other party’s liability.
The insurance company isn’t particularly interested in doing what’s right for those its clients have injured. Their sole goal is to protect themselves from serious financial losses, even if that means denying them the settlement they deserve.
What forces them to pay out what a victim deserves? A wealth of evidence, a strong case, and an attorney who is determined to hold them fully accountable.
While most accident cases do settle out of court, we are always ready to take your case to court if necessary. Through intense negotiations, our goal is to get you the settlement you deserve.
Contact The Dodd Law Firm Now
At The Dodd Law Firm, we keep our clients’ needs at the forefront of our minds every single day. The outcome of your case could change your life, giving you the compensation you need to heal and move forward. That’s a huge responsibility and it’s one we take very seriously.