Liability is one of the key components when a commercial vehicle accident results in injuries, as well as property damage. It is important to hold the party at fault liable in Connecticut trucking accidents.
Depending on the trucker operating the vehicle, there are usually many parties and at least one business in truck accidents. One example could be that a truck driver had been contracted by a company to transport goods, yet he or she may also work independently and not for the business. In this case, the driver may be held liable fully in this accident. The question in this article is: Can you sue the trucking company for an accident in Connecticut?
If a trucking company's driver causes an accident, you may be able to sue the company but would have to prove that the company and driver were negligent. When a truck driver makes a mistake while operating the vehicle, the accident may only be his or her fault. This is where an attorney can help you.
Continue reading for further information regarding truck accident lawsuits below. However, if you've been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, reach out to the CT truck accident lawyers at Brandon J. Broderick for help.
When Is The Trucking Company Liable?
The truck driver is typically liable for an accident. However, it is possible that other parties not directly involved in the truck accident could carry partial liability or be fully at fault when a commercial truck hits your vehicle and causes injuries.
It's possible that the truck driver operated the vehicle safely, but that someone else made a mistake, such as:
Trucking Company Hires An Illegal Driver
It may be evidence of negligence on the part of the trucking company if the truck driver was recruited to drive despite not having a current commercial driver's license (CDL).
Not Performing Scheduled Maintenance On The Truck
The truck owner is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle receives the necessary upkeep and repairs. If there are known mechanical problems that are not fixed or are not fixed properly, the trucking company may be held responsible if these mistakes directly lead to the mechanical failure of the truck, which causes your accident.
Loading Cargo Improperly
If the company loading the truck's trailer with freight makes a mistake, it may overload the trailer, endangering the driver and other drivers on the road. If the company loads the cargo improperly, the cargo may shift while the vehicle is in motion, which could result in the driver losing control.
Damages To Recover In CT Trucking Accident
A person hurt due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company may be entitled to a variety of damages. Economic, non-economic, and punitive damages are some of the most common forms. Lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and future medical costs are all examples of economic damages. While non-economic and punitive damages are typically more arbitrary, they may be a bit more complicated to calculate.
Truck accident claims, like any personal injury claims in Connecticut, have no limits imposed on the amount of compensation that can be awarded.
This is why it's important to seek legal help. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Consult Brandon J. Broderick's Truck Accident Lawyers
If you have been hurt in a truck accident and would like to file a claim for damages, speak to a qualified truck accident lawyer from Brandon J. Broderick. Our team works tirelessly to get our clients the most from their cases. Our lawyers will assess your case to see if economic, non-economic, and punitive damages are appropriate.
To schedule a free case evaluation, contact our offices right away.