The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 5,000 truck accidents take place in the United States each and every year. A large truck is considered to be any tractor-trailer which typically carries cargo in the back trailer. A tractor-trailer accident presents a wide range of potential dangers, as the size, weight, and structure of these commercial vehicles are a severe threat to other smaller vehicles on the roads and highways throughout the state of Connecticut. As such, any collision between a large truck and a standard vehicle is subject to serious injuries for those involved in the crash.
When an 80,000 pounds vehicle strikes another, the damages are typically substantial. A tractor-trailer accident often ends in severe injuries and even fatalities for those who are involved. Connecticut drivers will often notice the presence of large trucks on roads or highways and it is important to understand the safest ways to share the road with these vehicles. Understanding things such as truck blind spots and braking delay is imperative to remaining safe while traveling along Connecticut’s busiest roadways.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our skilled staff of legal professionals takes pride in the role that they are able to play in the Connecticut community. As compassionate and caring attorneys, we strive to make our clients feel as comfortable as possible during this trying time. We understand that the days following an accident are overwhelming as you deal with medical issues and recovery. Therefore, our experienced lawyers take it upon themselves to handle every aspect of the litigation process. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a tractor-trailer accident, our Hartford attorneys are here to help.
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Causes Of Tractor-Trailer Crashes
While all commercial truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license, even the slightest driving error can cause enormous damage. All motorists in Connecticut are expected to drive with a heightened awareness of the things going on around them on the roadways. Sadly, many drivers are distracted from a variety of reasons and fail to maintain an alert driving attitude. When a truck driver falls down this path, the results can be deadly.
There can be many factors that increase the likelihood of a tractor-trailer accident. However, some elements present on the roadways greatly increase the chance of a collision. The following are the most common causes of tractor-trailer crashes:
- Distracted driving
- Inexperienced truck driver
- Truck defects
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Aggressive or reckless driving behavior
- Inadequate commercial driving training
- Cargo load exceeds the legal weight limit
- Adverse weather conditions
- Improperly loaded cargo
These are by and far the most commonly seen causes of commercial truck crashes. While some of the causes are unavoidable, many of them can be prevented with heightened alertness – for instance, understanding that a truck’s blind spot, also called the “No Zone”, is much larger than a standard vehicle. As a general rule, if you cannot see the driver in the side mirror, they cannot see your vehicle. In addition, it is important to account for a slowed stoppage time for trucks.
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Tractor Trailer Accident Injuries
Truck collisions are often fatal, especially those which take place on Connecticut’s highways where speeds are increased. With 5,000 crashes occurring each year, thousands of lives are lost due to inadequate driving practices. When a tractor-trailer strikes any other vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. Some of the most common injuries associated with tractor-trailer collisions are as follows:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial damage
- Dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death
When a truck wreck does occur, anyone involved in the accident is strongly encouraged to seek medical care. Some of the pain and side effects related to very severe injuries will not be present immediately, and some may never be visible to the eye. Therefore, all accident victims must seek professional medical care following any type of truck crash. In addition, it is important to seek proper legal representation in the days following the accident. If you or a loved one has suffered in a truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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