Truck Accident Lawyers in Hartford
Comprehensive Legal Support in Your Time of Need
In the event of an injury caused by a serious truck accident, you deserve the fullest compensation available to cover medical and rehabilitation costs, lost or reduced income, and restitution for physical, mental, or emotional suffering. The Hartford truck accident lawyers at Goff Law Group can help you achieve this, taking care of all the details and representing your interests to all parties. You deserve the time to recover in peace; we want to make that possible for you.
Don’t go up against major trucking companies and corporations in Connecticut alone. Retain an attorney from Goff Law Group to improve your chances of success and to enter into settlement negotiations with confidence. We have years of experience handling commercial truck accident claims throughout the state and know how to strategize your particular claim. We can help you understand what caused your crash and who might be legally responsible for compensating your losses.
It all starts with a free legal evaluation of your case. Call (203) 408-1213 today.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Unlike regular passenger vehicles, loaded commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (or greater with the proper permits). They carry all types of cargo, often in long trailers and 18-wheelers. Large trucks operate much differently than smaller cars, with different braking systems and capabilities. Truck drivers are also unique, with special job-related considerations such as long hours on the road. The things that make the trucking industry unique in transportation are also what make it so dangerous.
The most common causes of large truck accidents in Connecticut include:
- Truck driver drowsiness or inattention
- Drunk or drugged truck drivers
- Distracted or negligent truckers
- Poor vehicle maintenance and breakdowns
- Improper cargo loading or securement
- Defective truck parts
Human error is a common factor present in the majority of trucking accidents. For the most part, it is the trucking company that is legally responsible for the safety of drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and others on the roadway. The company must take certain actions to ensure trucking safety, including obeying laws from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Breaking a law or breaching a duty of care can easily result in a deadly traffic accident and trucking company liability.
Who Is the Defendant in Your Truck Accident Claim?
To pursue financial recovery for a truck accident in Connecticut, you will need to figure out who is liable, or legally responsible, for causing the crash. This party will become the defendant in your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. The defendant can be a number of different parties. A single claim can also have more than one defendant.
An investigation of your accident can help you get to the bottom of how and why your accident occurred and which party/parties might be liable. The legal team at the Goff Law Group can hire investigators to look into your truck accident.
Possible defendants following a commercial truck accident may include:
- The trucking company
- The truck driver
- A third-party driver
- The cargo loading team
- The owner of the commercial truck
- A product manufacturer
- The city in charge of roadway maintenance
The trucking company will be vicariously liable for the actions of its truck drivers, including truck driver negligence and recklessness. The company is also accountable if it made a mistake that contributed to the crash, such as hiring a driver with a history of drunk driving. Naming the defendant is one of the first steps you will need to complete the road to recovery. Connecticut is a fault state, meaning you must identify who was at fault for your crash to pursue damages from that person or entity.
What to Do in a Trucking Accident
In the event of an accident, remember to stay calm and follow a response plan. Be sure to call the police so they can make a report for later claims. Let first responders examine you for potential injuries, as adrenaline can mask an injury that will manifest later. Get information from the other drivers and take pictures of your injuries, the vehicles, and the roadway where the accident occurred.
After a serious truck accident, Goff Law Group stands ready to represent you in this fight, taking on the trucking and insurance companies on your behalf. We look forward to discussing your case during a free consultation in one of our offices in Stamford, Shelton, New Haven, or Hartford.
A brighter future starts with a phone call to our friendly, knowledgeable attorneys at (203) 408-1213. Contact our firm for a free consultation today.