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Did A Trucking Company Cause Your Accident?

Fight back with an experienced attorney on your side.

Truck accidents, almost by definition, are big accidents. They involve big vehicles, and too often, they cause serious injuries. If you've been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may spend weeks, months or years recovering. You may have even lost a loved one due to a trucker's negligence.

Serious injuries lead to higher insurance claims, and that means the trucking companies will do everything in their power to reduce or deny your claim. You need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. You need the Vishno Law Firm.

Truck accidents are high-stakes insurance claims

Put simply, trucking companies and their insurance companies fight hard in the event of an accident because they have more at stake. In Connecticut, passenger cars are only required to have $40,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury per accident. However, commercial trucks generally have much more insurance coverage, often in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

That's partly because truck accidents tend to cause severe injuries and partly because the trucking companies have substantial assets to protect. With so much money at stake, the trucking company's insurance company will do everything in its power to reduce or deny your claim.

You need an experienced lawyer to handle your complex case

Determining liability in a truck accident case is often difficult. In some cases, the truck driver is responsible for the crash, perhaps due to unsafe or reckless actions like speeding, drinking and driving or texting while driving. If the driver is a direct employee of the trucking company, then we can hold the company vicariously liable for their employee's actions. However, many truck drivers are independent contractors, and it's more difficult to hold the company liable in those cases.

In other circumstances, the trucking company's own actions can be shown to have caused the accident. For instance, the company may have put pressure on the driver to make an unrealistic delivery schedule, causing the trucker to work through mandatory breaks or drive too fast. Or the company may have failed to address a known maintenance issue with the truck that then led to a collision. Trucking companies are required by law to conduct background checks to avoid hiring drivers with a history of reckless or drunk driving; if our investigation finds that they failed to do so, we may have a claim for negligent hiring practices.

Even if it's clear that the trucking company was responsible for the accident, dealing with the insurance situation can be just as challenging. In most cases, the cab and the trailer have separate insurance. If multiple vehicles were involved in your crash, there may be additional insurance companies involved as well - and accepting a settlement from one insurance company can affect the others' liability.

That's why it's critically important to contact an attorney who knows how to handle these complex cases. Attorney Jeremy Vishno will carefully investigate your case and find the evidence needed for you to get the compensation you deserve. He'll stand up to the trucking companies and their insurance companies on your behalf, and he'll be fighting for you every step of the way.

If you've been hurt in a truck accident in Fairfield County, call (888) 222-1688 to schedule your free consultation.