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Causes of Truck Accidents

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a truck accident in Connecticut, or you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident in the state, talk to an experienced truck accident attorney at Wocl Leydon.

In 1999, the United States Congress established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA is responsible for overseeing national regulations governing the operations of truck companies and truck drivers moving freight across our nation's highways and roads. Every year, the Department of Transportation agency tracks the causes and types of truck accidents involving tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles.

Commercial truck drivers are highly trained and must pass a skills test in order to receive a commercial driver's license (CDL) for the size of truck they drive. Unfortunately, some types of truck accidents occur because truckers are under-trained or negligent, or the truck company fails to follow the regulations regarding driver training and skills, load restrictions and truck maintenance.

In 2011, the leading causes of commercial truck accidents included:

  • Insufficient driver training regarding technique and safety precautions
  • Truck driver speeding and reckless driving, often attributed to compensating drivers for driving faster and longer than the regulations allow
  • Truck driver fatigue, falling asleep at the wheel
  • DUI truck driver, alcohol and drug abuse
  • Unrealistic delivery schedules set by the truck company, encouraging drivers to break the speed limit
  • Violations of engine maintenance regulations
  • Improperly secured, overloaded or unbalanced freight
  • Trailer maintenance problems, decoupling
  • Weather-related accidents

Experience, Backed by Strong and Clear Case Preparation

Truck companies and their insurers know that truck accident cases are often complex and confusing to a jury. When they negotiate an injury or wrongful death settlement, they often feel as if they have the upper hand because the facts can be confusing. We understand the truck regulations and how truck companies defend themselves against paying full and fair compensation. When necessary, we retain experts to prepare and present the strongest case possible for maximum financial damages. Defense attorneys know they will be up against a case built on expert witness testimony, videotape depositions, medical illustrations, anatomical models, enlargement of photographs and Day in the Life videos. We demonstrate the full extent of injuries and financial damages.

From our offices in Stamford and Bridgeport, our lawyers represent clients in truck accident injury and wrongful death litigation cases throughout Connecticut. Call us at 203.517.0456 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.