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West Hartford Truck Accident Lawyer

A truck accident is a disastrous event that often affects multiple vehicles and lives. Truck safety rules help keep the public safe. Unfortunately, lapses lead to devastation and ruined lives. 

Victims of these crashes must endure painful and lengthy recoveries and financial destruction. With the aid of an experienced West Hartford truck accident attorney, they can recoup some of what they have lost. 

Why Choose Us?

Our compassion and skill make us effective advocates for West Hartford truck accident victims. We are driven by the profound losses our clients experience. They deserve to be paid precisely what they are owed. So we have always aggressively pursued compensation and will do the same for you.

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You don’t have to settle for less compensation than you are owed. Let Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge fight to get you a just payout that will help address your losses. 

For a free consultation and case review with a West Hartford lawyer for truck accidents, contact our office today. A semi truck accident lawyer is ready to discuss your accident and what we can potentially do for you. Call today.

Truck Accidents: Who’s to Blame?

The fallout and destruction from semi truck accidents can end up totaling hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of dollars. These high figures make it of utmost importance to find out who is liable. 

The liable parties in truck accidents may be:

  • The truck driver
  • A driver of another vehicle
  • The truck driver’s employer
  • A shipping or cargo company
  • A mechanic or truck repair shop
  • A truck or truck parts maker, distributor, or retailer
  • Road construction contractors

Exactly what constitutes negligence will be determined based on the identity of the alleged party and the context of the accident. For truck drivers or car drivers who cause West Hartford truck accidents, the following actions are typical forms of negligence:

  • Driving in violation of hours of service regulations
  • Speeding
  • Driving without proper licensing or endorsements
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Improper or non-use of blind spots
  • Tailgating
  • Failure to perform regular vehicle safety checks
  • Failure to yield or stop

Truckers’ employers, though, can be held liable for a truck accident without committing negligent acts themselves. Under the legal theory of vicarious liability, employers can be held liable for their employees’ acts of negligence committed while on the clock. Employers may also be held liable for their own acts of negligence that lead to a truck accident, such as:

  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Requiring or allowing hours of service violations
  • Providing drivers with substandard vehicles or equipment

Shipping company negligence often consists of improperly securing loads to trucks or improperly packaging them. When loads shift or fall off a truck, the risk of an accident occurring skyrockets. 

When truck repair shops fail to make adequate repairs or perform proper maintenance procedures, such as brake repair or maintenance, this can lead to serious liability for the shop owner and employees. 

Regardless of who is at fault, be it a negligent road construction contractor or a parts manufacturer, you can rely on Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge to hold the liable parties accountable for your losses. 

Have you or someone you care about been injured in a truck accident? If so, we understand your pain and your need for compensation. We offer free consultations to help truck accident victims understand what comes next and how to recover the compensation they deserve. Call for a free case review today. 

Damages

If you are harmed by someone else in a truck accident, you will be entitled to pursue economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Transportation expenses and in-home care costs
  • Funeral, burial, and death expenses
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

In cases of reckless indifference to the rights of others, punitive damages may also be awarded. For example, if a truck driver gets drunk and rear-ends vehicles stopped at a red light, the truck driver will be subject to punitive damages for the reckless act of driving while drunk. 

More on Truck Driver and Trucking Company Responsibility

Due to the danger that semi trucks pose, extensive regulations have been set to keep the streets and highways safe. For example, truck drivers are required to:

  • Acquire a commercial driver’s license and relevant endorsements
  • Obtain medical approval from a qualified health professional
  • Maintain a logbook 
  • Obey hours of service regulations

Failure to fulfill these and other requirements is strong evidence of negligence. For example, if a truck driver causes an accident and is suspected of falling asleep at the wheel, failure to maintain a logbook could be strong evidence that the suspicion is true. 

How it Works

Contingency Fees

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, P.C., we handle all Truck Accidents cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today. Contact us online or call our New Haven law firm directly at 203-865-8430.

Questions

Truck Accidents FAQs

How Long Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim in Connecticut?

Connecticut has a two-year statute of limitations for truck accident claims. An exception may exist in certain cases. If you have been injured in a truck accident, do not delay taking legal action. Once the statute of limitations has run out, you will likely lose your right to compensation. 

I Received a Settlement Offer. Should I Accept It?

If you have received a settlement offer through a trucking accident attorney, and the attorney believes it is a good offer, you may want to consider accepting it. However, if you do not have a truck accident attorney or one has not reviewed your offer, you should refrain from accepting it until an attorney reviews it. 

Always remember that the goal of insurance adjusters is to pay claimants as little as possible.

What Should I Do if I Have Been in a Truck Accident?

If you have been in a truck accident, the most important actions to take are to seek medical attention, inform the police, and contact an experienced truck accident attorney. While at the scene, there are other things you can do that may help your case if you are able, including taking photos and video footage and gathering witness information.

How Long Does It Take to Receive Compensation for a Truck Accident?

Truck accident cases take between a few months and a few years to settle or reach a verdict. The complexity of these cases often causes them to take longer than general traffic cases — but not always. You could see compensation in a matter of a few months.

However, if multiple victims or at-fault parties are involved, your case could take a while. Keep in mind, however, that trucking accident lawyers at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge will work diligently to get you compensated in a timely manner. 

Take the Next Step With Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge

If you are facing serious financial and emotional losses because of a truck accident, you may have access to substantial compensation to help you in this tough time. Regardless of what an insurance company has told you, you are strongly advised to meet with an attorney to learn the true value of your claim.

Contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge today to discuss your case with an experienced West Hartford truck accident lawyer. We will listen and give you a preliminary evaluation and explain your options. Call to speak with our trucking accident lawyers today.

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