Representing Victims of Truck Accidents in Hartford, CT

Commercial trucks pull in and out of Hartford every day of the week. Transporting goods such as groceries, furniture, and clothes, these trucks link Hartford to the broader national economy. Without them, we would have fewer items to buy in stores, and Hartford businesses couldn’t sell their own products to distant markets.

Large trucks like tractor-trailers are nonetheless dangerous. Due to their weight, they can seriously injure occupants of other vehicles on the road in a collision. If you were injured, contact Tehrani Law Group today. You might be able to bring a claim against the truck driver or another entity. We will review the facts of your case and analyze your rights to compensation.

Truck Accident Statistics

Truck accidents are common in Connecticut and across the country. Thousands of people are injured, and some are killed in these crashes. The statistics tell the story:

  • According to the most recent Connecticut statistics, we saw 15,139 collisions involving medium or heavy trucks from 2020-2022. That works out to roughly 5,000 collisions involving trucks each year in just our state alone.
  • Fatal large truck accidents have decreased nationally, but only by 4% in 2020.
  • 4,842 people died across the country in accidents with large trucks.

With the national economy emerging out of the pandemic, we anticipate seeing more trucks on the roads. This means more accidents and injured motorists.

Types of Hartford Truck Accidents

Our clients are hurt in a variety of truck accidents:

  • Rollovers. Due to shifting cargo, a truck’s trailer can roll over onto its side, crushing anything in its way.
  • Jackknifes. A trailer can swing out at a 90-degree angle due to imbalanced cargo, sharp corners, and being overweight. The trailer can slam into any car in its path.
  • Underrides. Smaller motor vehicles can slide under the trailer, often because a truck cut them off. These accidents can lead to devastating head and neck injuries.
  • Overrides. A large truck might be unable to stop in time and ride up onto a vehicle in front of it. Overrides are often caused by speeding or distracted driving.
  • Fly debris accidents. Cargo can come flying out the back of a trailer and strike vehicles or force them off the road.

Truck Accident Injuries

Anyone involved in a truck accident can suffer devastating injuries. Sadly, thousands of people die each year in a collision with a truck. Grieving family members are left behind, struggling to figure out how to move forward.

Even non-fatal injuries can disrupt a person’s life. We have assisted clients suffering from:

  • Fractures. Any bone in the body could break, and victims often suffer multiple fractures and compound fractures. Broken bones often have complications, including bleeding, and might require the insertion of a plate or pin to keep bones together so they can heal properly.
  • Head injuries. These injuries include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, brain contusions, or hemorrhaging. Head injuries can be fatal if patients do not receive prompt care.
  • Back injuries. Any injury to the back can be disabling. Our clients have suffered herniated discs, spondylosis, and spinal cord damage.
  • Organ damage. Truck accidents generate so much force that a motorist can suffer serious internal organ injuries in a crash, such as an injury to the heart, lungs, kidneys, or liver. Organs can permanently shut down if a person does not receive critical care.
  • Crush injuries. These injuries are common when a heavy object rests on a limb for an extended period of time. Many victims need their limbs amputated to prevent complications.

Truck accidents also cause serious emotional distress and sometimes even post-traumatic stress disorder. Some victims will refuse to ride in a vehicle after a collision because they feel intense anxiety.

Compensation for Hartford Truck Accidents

At Tehrani Law Group, we seek to obtain compensation for clients injured in truck accidents. These accidents cause intense financial distress. Some victims are bankrupt because they cannot work and have no money to pay for their medical care and other bills. Even relatively minor truck accident injuries could cost more than $10,000 in medical care, money that very few people have.

We seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Expected future medical care
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Other property damage

Economic losses make up only a portion of your damages, however. We also have experience seeking compensation for certain non-economic losses, like:

Emotional distress

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Physical pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement

Many Hartford truck accident victims ask how much they can receive. The amount will depend on certain factors, such as the severity of your injuries. Another factor is the amount of insurance the defendant has. Large trucking companies and manufacturers should have business liability policies which can cover serious injuries.

Who Can You Sue for a Truck Accident?

Before we can seek a settlement, we need to identify the people responsible for the crash. Every accident has its own unique set of facts, so we probably need to perform an investigation into what happened. Our investigation might involve interviewing witnesses, analyzing black box data from the truck, and even inspecting your vehicle.

The following people are often at fault for Hartford truck accident:

  • A cargo company. The company that loads cargo could have failed to secure it properly or overloaded the truck. Any shifting cargo can lead to jackknifes and rollovers.
  • The truck driver. A trucker could drive negligently and fail to follow the rules of the road. Distracted, fatigued, and intoxicated truckers are a serious danger to the public. Some truckers are merely careless and might fail to use their mirrors when changing lanes or backing up.
  • The truck owner. The company that owns the truck could fail to maintain it or use outdated equipment, which compromises safety.
  • Mechanics. Individual mechanics who work on a truck should perform their job carefully. If they neglect a defect, like faulty brakes, or make careless repairs, then they might be responsible.
  • The trucker’s employer. An employer is usually automatically liable when an employee hurts other people negligently while working. An employer could also have independent liability for failing to screen applicants, perform required drug testing, or provide necessary supervision.
  • The truck manufacturer. A defect on the truck or a component part could make the rig difficult to operate. For example, the steering could fail, and a truck could slam into a motorist for that reason.

Let us investigate to determine the correct people to sue.

Comparative Negligence & Hartford Truck Accidents 

Many accident victims are shocked to find out that the trucking company is pointing the finger at them as causing the accident. Under Connecticut’s comparative negligence law, you cannot sue if you are more than 50% to blame. Even if you are only 20% or 30% to blame, your compensation is reduced proportionally, so defendants have the incentive to play up on your own negligence. For example, you might have cut off a speeding truck. Although the trucker isn’t blameless, neither are you.

We do our best to minimize any suggestion that our clients are at fault for their accidents. We credit our comprehensive analysis of all facts for allowing us to argue confidently that your own negligence is minimal.

Speak With Our Hartford Truck Accident Attorney

The weeks following a truck accident are filled with trips to the doctor and sleepless nights. We understand how stressful it is. At Tehrani Law Group, we are committed to helping accident victims and their families navigate the claims process. It is possible to negotiate a settlement for your injuries or, if necessary, file a lawsuit in court. Please contact our firm to schedule a consultation with us or call (860) 362-2549.