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Truck Accidents in Connecticut Understanding Commercial Vehicle Crashes

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Driving in Connecticut Connecticut residents travel an average of 36 miles per day on our state’s 20,000 miles of public roads. Like the rest of the United States, we rely heavily on our vehicles to get where we’re going. We also depend on our fellow motorists to follow the rules of the road and drive responsibly. But crashes are a common occurrence in Connecticut. Some are minor, but others result in serious injuries. Our focus in the following pages is on one of the most severe crash types - those involving large trucks… CALL US: 203.865.6414

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“Big” Rigs Earn Their Title Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, tractor-trailers dwarf most other vehicles on the road. To drive a commercial vehicle like a tractor-trailer, a driver must have a commercial driver’s license. Most drivers have training and experience and do their jobs as safely as possible. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers meet the standards set by their peers. And, as we’ll see, sometimes otherwise competent drivers are compromised by the conditions set by their employers. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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When Big Rigs Collide with Passenger Vehicles When a large truck collides with an average-sized vehicle, it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicle that suffer injuries. Because of the size and weight of a large truck, the severity of these crashes is often greater than those involving smaller vehicles. Thus, the injuries suffered are also more serious. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Common Injuries in Large Truck Crashes While some vehicle occupants might be fortunate enough to escape a crash with minor injuries, others are not so fortunate. Serious injuries suffered in truck crashes might include: Traumatic brain injuries Spinal cord injuries Internal injuries Broken bones Whiplash Lacerations CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Fatigue Among Truck Drivers The causes of tractor-trailer crashes are no different than other crash types, though some causes might be more common among truck drivers. For example, commercial drivers are behind the wheel for long stretches, which can be fatiguing. There are several rules and regulations specifically designed to prevent commercial driver fatigue, most notably the “Hours of Service” rule, which limits the amount of time a driver can spend behind the wheel in a 24-hour period. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Other Causes of Large Truck Crashes Tractor-trailer accidents can have many different causes. Human error accounts for the vast majority of them, including: Fatigue Distraction Speeding Following another vehicle too closely Failure to adhere to signs or signals Veering into other lanes Intoxication CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Driving a Truck is a Tough Job Drivers must log many miles and several hours in order to meet shipping deadlines and pay their bills. Shippers haven’t made this job any easier over recent years. Drivers are increasingly asked to push their boundaries - physically and financially - to make ends meet. This strain has ripple effects that impact other motorists, too. A strained driver might be more prone to fatigue or more likely to push speed limits to meet demands. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Challenges Facing Other Motorists When someone is injured in a crash with a large truck, they not only face the same challenges any injured motorist faces - painful injuries, restricted mobility, expensive medical bills, property damage and lost income - they might also be up against the interests of the trucking company that employs the driver. Trucking companies have systems in place to reduce their liability when a driver is involved a crash, which often means the injured person doesn’t get the compensation they deserve. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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What You Can Do When Injured in a Truck Accident If you’ve been injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle, contact an attorney as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure the attorney is familiar with these types of cases so they know the strategies trucking companies use to mitigate liability. You’ll also want to make sure that the attorney practices in your state. For example, if you live in or were injured in Connecticut, you need a truck accident lawyer that practices law in Connecticut. CALL US: 203.865.6414

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Contact Ronald Scherban, P.C. to Learn More The Connecticut truck accident attorneys of Ronald Scherban, P.C. have years of experience handling these types of cases. We know how to get clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office today by filling out our online form or calling us at (203) 865.6414. CALL US: 203.865.6414

Summary: The Connecticut truck accident attorneys of Ronald Scherban, P.C. have years of experience handling these types of cases. We know how to get clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office today!

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