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Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Trucking Accidents

Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Trucking Accidents

Tractor trailers and large commercial 18-wheeler trucks are a constant presence on Connecticut’s roads. At all hours of the day, these massive vehicles can be seen lumbering across the state’s roads towards their destination, carrying valuable and sometimes hazardous cargo. While these vehicles are important to our nation’s commerce, they can also pose a considerable danger to other vehicles on the roads. Tractor-trailers have an incredible size advantage over traditional passenger cars and motorcycles, placing the occupants of other vehicles at a much greater risk of injury in the event of a collision.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), commercial trucks are involved in one out of every nine traffic fatalities nationwide each year. The impact of a tractor-trailer crash can be devastating, causing those involved to suffer catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis, and sometimes death. In many cases, however, truck accidents are preventable in nature and are the result of some form of negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the truck manufacturer.

Tractor-trailer accidents are frequently the result of the following negligent acts:

  • Skipping mandatory vehicle inspections
  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Driving for too long without rest
  • Overloading or under-loading cargo
  • Improperly securing cargo
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving while distracted

Many of these acts are violations of federal trucking regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and truck drivers can be held liable for any damages that should result in the event of a collision. While many truck drivers are highly trained and responsible individuals, some may be pushed to break these rules in order to meet tight deadlines set by their employers.

Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Hamden & New Haven County

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking collision through no fault of your own, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against those responsible in pursuit of financial restitution for your losses. At Sette & Parnoff, PC, our Hamden trucking accident lawyers have more than 65+ years of combined experience and can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your potential settlement. To get started towards filing a claim, schedule a no-obligation case review or call our office today at (203) 285-3075.


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