Did you know that Connecticut annually experiences more accidents involving tractor-trailers than accidents involving alcohol? Even though Connecticut requires all commercially licensed drivers to undergo drug and alcohol testing, the nature of the truck driving industry lends itself to accidents that differ from traditional motor vehicle collisions.
CT closely regulates trucks, especially those holding potentially dangerous cargo. If you are involved in a truck, semi-truck, or eighteen-wheeler accident with a vehicle hauling hazardous materials, there are a plethora of Connecticut regulations that, if not adhered to, may be considered negligence on behalf of the truck driver, trucking company, or corporation. These regulations are not applicable to traditional passenger vehicles, as specific commercial permits are required to haul hazardous freight. A hazardous material’s driver must:
Although it may seem excessive, one of the primary reasons Connecticut requires certain truck drivers to check their tires every 100 miles or 2 hours is to avoid a common type of truck accident know as tire “blowout.” Tire blowout occurs when one or more of a truck’s tires literally explode, which may send a careening eighteen-wheeler your way. Tire blowouts can be caused by a number of factors, including poor maintenance and improper tire pressure. However, they often occur suddenly, and it may be impossible to avoid an accident.
Especially after an unexpected tire blowout, it may be difficult to remain calm at the scene of the accident. However, in order to protect your rights, it is essential you take the following steps:
With such stringent Connecticut truck, semi-truck, and tractor-trailer tire regulations, if you have been involved in a truck related accident, do not settle for a traditional personal injury attorney. For example, if a truck driver failed to check his tires after three hours on the road, driver negligence may be assumed in a blowout accident. If you do not contact a qualified truck accident lawyer, you may be sacrificing essential aspects of your case.
We’ve all seen news stories about horrific truck accidents involving large semi-trucks, many of which were carrying cargo at the time of the crash. While dangerous, these are not the only types of trucks that can cause serious…READ MORE
Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED