Truck Accidents

Bridgeport Accident Attorney

Truck accidents are among the most destructive motor vehicle accidents. They can cause multicar pileups and even hazardous materials spills. Beyond that, because of their size, truck accidents often result in serious injuries and even death. State and federal trucking regulations play an important role in truck accident lawsuits, making the cases more complex than regular auto accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, a Bridgeport truck accident attorney with Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, can help you get the compensation you need.

Responsible Parties in Truck Accidents

To determine who can be held responsible for your truck accident injuries, a Bridgeport truck accident attorney with Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, must conduct a thorough investigation which involves combing through the records and documents that truck drivers and trucking companies are required to keep. In many cases we discover that the trucking company was directly responsible for a truck accident, and even in cases where the truck driver was at fault, the trucking company may be held responsible.

Responsible parties in truck accidents can include:

  • Trucking company (carrier)
  • Freight broker
  • Freight shipper
  • Third party logistics provider (3PL)
  • Truck driver
  • Another driver
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Parts manufacturer
  • Weigh station or weigh station personnel
  • Government entity responsible for design, construction, or maintenance of a defective roadway

Truck Accident Causes

We often find that a combination of factors lead to trucking accidents. Common trucking accident causes and contributing factors include:

  • Inexperienced truck driver
  • Driver fatigue
  • Intoxication
  • Excessive speed
  • Unrealistic schedules imposed by trucking companies
  • Overweight or improperly loaded truck
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Defective truck, parts, or equipment
  • Defective roadway
  • Reckless behavior on the part of other drivers

Types of Truck Accidents

The type of truck accident you were involved in can also play a major role in your case. For instance, hazardous materials trucks are even more strictly regulated than trucks carrying non-hazardous materials. Underride accidents often involve missing or defective safety equipment. Your accident may fall under one or more of the following:

  • Tanker truck accidents
  • Underride
  • Jackknife
  • Rollover
  • Underpass/bridge
  • Hazardous materials accidents
  • Wide right-hand turn
  • Multicar pileup

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident in Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call one of our Bridgeport accident attorneys, or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with an accident attorney is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. In Connecticut, an accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.