Norwalk Truck Accident Attorney
At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, our attorneys care about the injured victims of negligence. If another party was careless and this caused your recent truck accident, that party may be financially responsible for your losses. Although no amount of money can take back your injuries, a settlement or judgment award could allow you to hold the negligent party accountable and move forward with greater peace of mind. Contact us today at (203) 753-7300 to find out how we can help you.
When to Call a Norwalk Truck Accident Lawyer
The size and weight of a large truck have the power to completely crush smaller vehicles in accidents. The disparity between the average commercial truck and a passenger car is what leads to significant and catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the latter. If you or a loved one has serious injuries that have changed your life, you need an attorney.
Without assistance from an attorney, an insurance company may take advantage of you and give you less than you deserve for your losses. This can make it difficult to pay for your future medical needs. It is especially important to hire a Norwalk truck accident lawyer after a truck accident that causes catastrophic injuries. While you focus on healing, your lawyer can aggressively negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
According to Connecticut’s tort-based insurance law, the party at fault for causing a truck accident (the party that committed a tort, or wrongdoing) has to pay for damages. You will file a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault party. An attorney can help you identify the at-fault party or defendant for your truck accident claim by determining the cause of the crash.
Common examples include:
- Texting and driving or driver distraction
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Incorrect commercial truck operation
- Truck jackknife or rollover accident
- Truck driver fatigue/broken hours-of-service rules
- Violated federal safety rules or regulations
- Poorly maintained fleet
- Dangerous roadway conditions
- Lost cargo loads
Once your lawyer understands why your truck accident happened, he or she can help you collect evidence. This may include the truck’s black box, signed eyewitness statements, police reports, photographs and videos, employment records from the trucking company, compliance data, fleet maintenance records, and more. Your lawyer will know how to frame the evidence available for the strongest possible case against the defendant(s).
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Trucking companies are liable for most truck accidents in Connecticut. A trucking company can be liable for its own mistakes, such as poor driver training procedures or lack of fleet maintenance. It can also be vicariously liable for truck driver mistakes. Vicarious liability means that as an employer, a trucking company is legally responsible for the actions of its employees.
If the truck driver who caused your crash was not an employee, you may have a claim against his or her personal auto insurance company. Other parties that may bear liability for your truck accident include the cargo company, another driver, a truck manufacturer, the government or a third party. An attorney can help you determine liability and file a claim, as well as go up against a powerful adversary such as a large corporation.
Were You Injured in a Norwalk Truck Accident? Contact Us Today
If you were recently injured in an accident, our Norwalk lawyers at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome can help you recover and fight for justice. We are experienced auto accident attorneys with the resources, ability and passion to help you with even the most complex truck accident case.
For more information, request a free one-on-one consultation with our lead attorney today. Contact us online or call (203) 753-7300 anytime to discuss your Norwalk truck accident case.