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Truck accidents must be investigated thoroughly for liability

Connecticut drivers are nearly always sharing the roadways with 18-wheelers. Most drivers have a healthy fear of big rigs due to their size and weight, which keeps motorists alert while in the proximity of these massive vehicles. Unfortunately, even the most diligent drivers can become the victims of truck accidents.

Depending on the circumstances, the company that employs a truck driver who was at fault for an accident may also bear liability for it. If you or a family member became the victim of a truck accident, it is important to begin an investigation into the crash as soon as possible. The company that employs the truck driver will be doing the same thing in order to search for a way to limit, or eliminate, its liability. 

Both driver error and issues with the truck itself must be scrutinized. Driver errors include fatigue, impairment and inattention, along with a lack of adequate training. Issues with the truck include mechanical failure, an unbalanced load or other violations of existing safety standards. Pinpointing the cause of the accident will help in establishing proof of negligence in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Establishing negligence is crucial since a Connecticut civil court will not consider an award of damages without this element. Attorneys who litigate truck accidents on a regular basis are familiar with most, if not all, of the factors that can lead to a crash. Enlisting the assistance of such an attorney could mean the difference between you and your family receiving all of the damages to which you are entitled and taking a settlement for less than you deserve.

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