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Why Truck Accidents Happen in Connecticut

Liability of truck drivers and corporations

Commercial trucking accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries because of the size and weight of the vehicles involved. That is why it is important to understand why truck accidents happen and to take precautions whenever possible to avoid being a victim of a commercial van or a tractor-trailer crash. The dedicated Stamford, CT accident attorneys at The Pickel Law Firm, LLC have primarily focused on personal injury and wrongful death cases for more than 65 years combined. Our team has the resources and experience to take on the challenges involved in litigating commercial vehicle cases in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Greenwich, Darien, Stratford, Stamford and our surrounding communities.

Most truck accidents are avoidable

Truck crashes are almost always avoidable if truckers and corporations act responsibly. You can also take steps to protect yourself from a devastating crash. Although you may not know whether the driver has consumed alcohol, taken stimulants, forgone sleep or been distracted, you can take precautions when you encounter warning signs, such as a driver who is:

  • Speeding
  • Swerving
  • Tailgating
  • Jackknifing
  • Driving aggressively
  • Driving erratically
  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Texting
  • Eating

Remain a safe distance behind the truck driver so you have plenty of room to stop if the truck goes out of control. Let a trucker who is driving behind you pass your car if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, consider pulling off at the next exit to allow the driver time to move a reasonable distance ahead.

Demanding compensation from negligent trucking corporations

Corporations are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their workers and the condition of their fleets. Commonly, these businesses contribute to commercial truck accidents by:

  • Pressuring drivers to forgo sleep or speed to make deliveries on time
  • Tolerating drug or alcohol use as being just part of the culture
  • Employing drivers who rack up traffic tickets or exhibit other signs of unsafe driving behavior
  • Hiring inexperienced and poorly trained drivers to save money
  • Failing to adequately maintain the vehicles, especially brakes and tires
  • Putting too much weight in the back of the truck to transport more goods with each trip
  • Loading the trailer unevenly with disregard for load-shift problems

Learn more about why truck crashes happen in Connecticut

For more information about the common causes of truck accidents, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We help injury victims in the Connecticut communities of Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk and Bridgeport and handle all of our personal injury cases on contingency. Hablamos español.

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