While all motor vehicle accidents can be devastating and complex, truck accidents carry higher risks and cause even greater confusion for accident victims in Connecticut. The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. expertly handles truck accident cases from their offices in Connecticut. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about truck accidents in the State of Connecticut
- How are truck accidents different from car accidents in Connecticut?
- What are common truck accident injuries?
- How do truck investigations work in Connecticut?
- How is fault determined after a truck accident in Connecticut?
- Should you sue the trucking company or the driver in Connecticut?
- What are the common driver errors causing accidents in Connecticut?
- What about third-party liability in Connecticut truck accidents?
- Do I need a lawyer in a Connecticut truck accident case?
- What's the time limit for filing a truck accident claim in Connecticut?
- What compensation can I recover in a Connecticut truck accident claim?
- How long does it take to settle a truck accident claim in Connecticut?
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How are truck accidents different from car accidents in Connecticut?
Commercial vehicles are many times larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. The gross vehicle weight range of cars is 3,200 to 6,000 pounds, while trucks weigh 10 to almost 30 times as much, falling in the typical weight range of 33,001 to 80,000 pounds. These differences not only heighten the risk of serious injuries and fatalities for passenger vehicle occupants but also create unique hazards including larger blind spots and more room required on the roads. According to federal data, truck drivers were involved in numerous fatal crashes, a significant portion of which resulted in the death of passenger vehicle occupants.
What are common truck accident injuries?
Common injuries from truck accidents include:
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Damage to the internal organs
How do truck investigations work in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, local law enforcement agencies initiate an investigation to ascertain the fault and if any crime has been committed during a truck accident. Further investigations may be conducted by The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C., where we utilize a network of experts to conduct a detailed forensic analysis, which can potentially refute initial police reports and stand firm in court if necessary.
How is fault determined after a truck accident in Connecticut?
Determining fault can be a complex process involving analysis of various factors including speed, distractions, and vehicle issues. Law enforcement evaluates evidence gathered at the scene to assign fault, which can then be used to file a claim with the responsible driver's insurance company.
Should you sue the trucking company or the driver in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, the liability in truck crashes can often fall on the trucking company, especially if the driver is employed by them. The possibility of the driver sharing the liability exists, particularly if gross negligence can be demonstrated.
What are the common driver errors causing accidents in Connecticut?
Driver errors contributing to truck accidents in Connecticut may involve factors such as distraction, speeding, or illegal maneuvers. It is important to note that drivers might not always be solely at fault, and certain circumstances might involve third-party liabilities.
What about third-party liability in Connecticut truck accidents?
Third parties, such as manufacturers of defective truck components or governing bodies neglecting road conditions, might also bear some or all liability in truck accidents in Connecticut.
Do I need a lawyer in a Connecticut truck accident case?
Truck accident cases in Connecticut can be challenging due to the resources of trucking companies and their insurance providers. The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. is equipped to offer representation that matches or surpasses that of the trucking company's legal team, ensuring that your interests are well protected.
What's the time limit for filing a truck accident claim in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Prompt contact with an experienced attorney ensures a robust case build-up and timely access to fresh evidence.
What compensation can I recover in a Connecticut truck accident claim?
Victims of truck accidents in Connecticut may be eligible for compensation covering economic damages, non-economic damages, and, in extreme cases, punitive damages. In cases of wrongful death, family members can file a claim to recover a range of damages including economic and non-economic losses, as well as punitive damages in cases involving reckless or malicious conduct.
How long does it take to settle a truck accident claim in Connecticut?
Settling a truck accident claim in Connecticut can take several months as it involves comprehensive forensic analysis, witness interviews, and medical record reviews. The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. remains committed to securing the best outcome, whether through negotiation or court litigation.
Contact Our Firm
To learn more or to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, contact The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. We offer free consultations and only charge fees once we have secured your compensation. We are available 24/7/365 at 860-523-8784