Manchester Truck Accident Attorneys
Unwavering representation for victims of tractor-trailer wrecks
How many of us cringe every time we pass a commercial truck on the highway? If you do enough driving, you have good reason to be nervous. Manchester, Connecticut received the nickname the Silk City after becoming a hub for textile manufacturing in the mid-1830s. Years ago, industries used railroads and ships to transport goods near and far. Today commercial trucks carrying goods account for 12.5% of all registered vehicles on the road.
Commercial trucks have the ability to cause catastrophic damage to property and people with little effort. At Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC, our Manchester truck accident attorneys fight the trucking company when you are seriously injured in a truck-related crash. Call us today to learn more.
The trucking industry has made truck accidents unavoidable
According to trucks.com there were 4,761 trucking accident fatalities in 2018 – a 3 percent increase since 2017. Long haul trucking, known as over the road (OTR), can put a single semi on the road running across country in what is supposed to be limited to 11 hours of driving during any given 14-hour shift. These hours-of-service regulations are designed to prevent driver fatigue that leads to grave errors being made.
Companies routinely place their drivers in positions of having to choose between breaking these policies or losing their livelihood. Many drivers wind up breaking the rules (making roads more dangerous) when forced with the alternative of being unemployed.
In the commercial trucking industry, time is literally money. Contracted delivery terms have to be kept, especially when dealing with perishable goods. Drivers are routinely pressured by their employers to make deadlines and that means speeding and violating the hours-of-service regulations. To make matters worse, the trucking industry is pressuring the current administration to deregulate driving time limits, which will result in more trucking accidents.
Types of trucks and the risks they pose in Manchester
Types of commercial vehicles most involved in trucking accidents are flatbed trucks, refrigerator trucks, and tractor-trailers (also known as big rigs or eighteen wheelers) involved in interstate commerce, weighing several tons and/or transporting hazardous materials.
These large vehicles are found on every major and minor roadway across Hartford county. Manchester, being a regional retail center, routinely entertains trucks on its roadways. Manchester’s most dangerous roadways over the last 4 years include:
- I-84 with 788 crashes
- Route 83 with 653 crashes
- Buckland Street with 394 crashes
- Route 6 with 384 crashes
- Route 30 with 380 crashes
Truck accidents have many contributing factors, including:
- Defective truck parts. Mechanical issues can be the unfortunate culprit that causes a fatal accident. A products liability issue, the number of truck accidents attributable to defective tires and brakes is 35% according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Loss of function of either of these parts on a multi-ton vehicle means almost certain death for anyone in their paths.
- Drowsy driving. Drivers who break the law by spending excessive hours on the road either to increase earnings, or due to pressure from carriers to make delivery deadlines, are increasing hazards for everyone on the road around them. While the trucking industry increases safety technology on trucks, it also seeks to increase the legal number of hours permitted behind the wheel, thereby negating any safety gains.
- Driver illness. Everyone gets sick at one point or another. Truck drivers are susceptible to getting sick more than their fair share due to compromised immune systems being the result of working long hours, being sleep deprived, sharing community showers and restrooms, inability to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis, and sitting for long periods of time. Becoming ill leads to more distracted driving and a lower reaction time.
- Driving under the influence. Whether a driver is taking prescription stimulants to stay awake longer, or is drinking behind the wheel for recreational purposes, both lower a vehicle operator’s ability to timely react to ever changing traffic conditions. Failing to maintain control over your senses while operating a commercial truck may lead to a devastating end for both the driver, and others sharing the road.
- Faulty or improper maintenance. Both federal and Connecticut law requires that commercial trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. If any safety issues are discovered during routine maintenance, a truck should not go back into service until it’s properly repaired. Often, the cause of an accident can be traced back to the lack of a necessary repair.
- Improperly loaded cargo. When a truck is overloaded or loaded improperly, the trailer can shift during transport causing the trailer to become unbalanced. Overloaded trucks may more easily roll over or spill its cargo, causing highway chaos and car crashes.
- Reckless or careless driving. Everyone, including commercial truck drivers, are required to follow all Connecticut traffic laws. Speeding, disregarding stop signs or running red lights, and tailgating are all illegal – and avoidable – traffic violations. Drivers who fail to recognize the true dangers associated with operating these oversized trucks may be more prone to making illegal maneuvers that could cause serious crashes.
Compensation you may receive for your truck accident injuries
When you have been severely injured by a commercial truck through no fault of your own, you need access to every available resource to heal and put your life back together. You should not have to undergo additional stress to obtain the care you need. Securing the compensation that you deserve requires making a personal injury claim for damages: that’s what we do for you. In addition to payment for loss of property, based upon your individual injuries, you could receive an award of:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future loss of income
- Noneconomic damages
- Punitive damages
Don’t let the financial strain that comes with serious injury take over your life. Speak with one of our seasoned, knowledgeable attorneys today to discuss your legal options.
Our Manchester truck accident attorneys get results
No one should worry about whether they are going to make it to their destination alive and unharmed because of a commercial truck’s error. We want the roads to be safer but until that can be made a reality, the committed attorneys at Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC will be here to guide you through the quagmires of a complicated trucking injury claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident injury lawyers in Manchester or Hartford, please call 860-649-4400 or fill out our contact form. We’re located right off I-84 or I-384 in Manchester.