What Can I Do to Avoid a Connecticut Truck Accident?
The number of trucking accidents has increased by 20 percent over the last two decades. This is despite newer trucking regulations and safety features.
Connecticut truck accidents are unfortunately common. Whether you are traveling along I95, I84 or a local highway, truck accidents can occur at any time. These tractor-trailer accidents are often catastrophic and can result in serious injury.
Large commercial trucks are difficult to maneuver due to their size and weight. In fact, a fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A small passenger car weighs just 3,000 pounds. Due to these size and weight discrepancies, passenger vehicle occupants suffer the majority of the injuries during a crash.
Here at Walsh Woodard LLC we know the damage a truck collision can cause and we want to help. While you cannot avoid all truck accidents, there are ways to reduce the chances of getting into a serious Connecticut truck accident. If you follow these steps, you may be able to reduce the risk of getting into a life-altering truck crash.
Steps to Avoid a Truck Accident in Connecticut
Of course, when driving on the road, it is always important to remain alert and vigilant. Keeping these safe driving practices in mind will help you to avoid what can be a life-altering event:
- Maintain a safe distance. Large commercial trucks need more time to respond to dangerous situations. A truck can use up to 90 percent more space to stop than other vehicles. That’s why passenger vehicles need to give trucks extra stopping distance when traveling in front of them. If a truck is behind you, be sure that there is enough distance between you so the driver can respond safely. If you are following a truck and you are too close, you may not be able to respond if the truck driver suddenly brakes. Give the truck some more room to help avoid a crash.
- Maintain visibility. Trucks have large blind spots. Car drivers need to be aware of these blind spots and avoid them whenever possible. Truck drivers cannot avoid what they cannot see. Never drive directly behind a truck or in the adjacent lanes by the cab doors. If you cannot see the truck driver’s face, you are likely driving in a blind spot. Either slow down or speed up so that you are not alongside the truck for any extended distance.
- Anticipate turns. Large tractor-trailers need more space when navigating turns. At intersections, truck drivers often need to swing their trucks through multiple lanes to turn. Do not pass a truck while it is turning. Anticipate when a truck is going to turn and give it some extra room to turn safely.
Contact Our Hartford Truck Accident Lawyers
If you suffered an injury in a truck accident on I95 or anywhere in Connecticut, contact our Hartford truck accident lawyer immediately. At Walsh Woodard LLC, our lawyers have successfully represented individuals injured by reckless truck drivers. We know that the injured need help quickly. That’s why we work aggressively for them. Call us today at 860 -785-2011 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We offer free initial consultations so you can seek justice after a catastrophic trucking accident. Call us today!
Different Types and Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries each year. Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that truck accidents killed 4,317 people during 2016. Countless others suffer life-altering injuries from these accidents. Statistics on truck accidents are not surprising once you consider that a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
In Connecticut and across the US, there are common factors that may lead to various types of truck accidents. The different types of truck accidents and their causes include:
- Drowsy driving accidents. Due to long hours on the road and other factors, commercial truck drivers can suffer drowsiness while driving. Drowsy driving accidents can occur when truck drivers violate hours of service rules. These rules dictate how long commercial truckers can work or operate their vehicles. Obstructive sleep apnea, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may also contribute to drowsy driving accidents.
- Accidents caused by unsafe driving. Certain driving habits can cause truck accidents. Commercial truck drivers are more likely to crash if they are distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Speeding is a major cause of commercial truck accidents. Truckers can also cause accidents if they perform unsafe lane changes.
- Lost load accidents. Debris can fall from commercial trucks and hit other drivers. Motorists can also hit truck debris on the road. These types of accidents can happen when loads are not properly secured.
- Rollover accidents. There are a few reasons rollover accidents can occur. Cargo loads may shift while truck drivers are making turns. This could lead to a rollover accident. In other cases, commercial trucks can jackknife during slippery road conditions. Jackknifing, which may lead to a rollover accident, is where the trailer bends into a “V” shape towards the truck cabin.
- Underride accidents. Motor vehicles can be sheered in half if they pass underneath the back or side of a truck’s trailer. Underride incidents are an especially gruesome type of truck accident that often leads to fatalities. Truckers may cause this type of accident by suddenly hitting the brakes. Weak rear-underride guards can also lead to underride crashes.
- Accidents caused by mechanical failure. Poorly maintained trucks are more likely to cause accidents. Tire blowouts can cause truck crashes, as can poorly maintained brakes. These are only two of many possible examples of how poor maintenance practices could contribute to an accident.
Contact Our Hartford Truck Accident Attorneys with Questions
Do you have questions about your legal rights after a truck accident? Contact our Hartford truck accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation. We can help you determine whether it would be possible to seek compensation for your injuries or loss. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call (860) 785-2011 or use our online case review form.
Did a Birth Injury Cause My Child’s Disability?
There are multiple scenarios before, during or shortly after delivery that could cause a birth injury. Many cases involve doctors who fail to respond to adverse conditions or injuries during prenatal care. Birth injuries can cause multiple types of disabilities that may affect newborns and their family members for life. The different types of birth injuries include but are not limited to:
- Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect balance and posture. The condition can be caused when a developing brain suffers an injury. There are multiple ways cerebral palsy can occur before, during or very shortly after birth. For instance, a newborn can develop the condition if certain complications during birth are not resolved in a timely manner. Infections and blunt force trauma can also lead to the development of the condition. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty controlling movements and may also suffer from an intellectual disability.
- Brachial plexus injuries: Injuries to the brachial plexus may cause Klumpke’s palsy or Erb’s palsy. The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle that runs along the fingers, arms and spinal cord. With Erb’s palsy, the damage is confined to the upper part of the brachial plexus. Klumpke’s palsy involves damage occuring on the lower part. Excessive stretching or force during the labor process may lead to a brachial plexus injury. The nerve damage caused by these injuries can affect movement of the arms, fingers and hands.
- Spinal cord injuries: Newborns can suffer spinal cord injuries. This may occur when the OB/GYN improperly uses forceps during delivery. Additional medical mistakes made during stressful deliveries could also cause spinal cord injuries.
Can I File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
There are cases where birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice. In such cases, parents may be able to file a lawsuit against the doctor, hospital or other parties who may be responsible for the injury. We discussed what constitutes medical malpractice in Connecticut on last month’s blog. Please see the footnote at the bottom of the post.
The Connecticut birth injury lawyers at Walsh Woodard LLC have experience with medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries. We could help you determine whether medical malpractice may have occurred.