On the morning of May 30, 2015, a driver was seriously injured after colliding head-on with a dump truck in Brooklyn, Connecticut. According to the police, the driver was driving a Ford on Route 6 by Laurel Hill Road when he or she swerved into the path of the dump truck.
Although the driver of the dump truck was not injured, the driver of the Ford suffered very serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. The accident is still under investigation.
As the incident in Brooklyn demonstrates, accidents with dump trucks or other commercial trucks can result in serious injuries and long-term damage. Typically, a dump truck can weigh over 25 times as much as a car. It is not hard to imagine why accidents involving cars and trucks can be catastrophic.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of truck accident, you should speak with an attorney. Depending on the facts of the accident, the driver of the truck or the trucking company could be held legally responsible for your injuries.
The main theory of holding a driver or company liable in truck accidents is negligence. Under this theory, an individual who is injured in a truck accident must show that the defendant owed a duty of reasonable care to avoid injury under the particular circumstances, that the defendant failed to exercise such care, and that the failure to exercise such care caused the plaintiff’s injury.
Truck drivers or companies may also be found negligent under the theory of negligence per se. Truck drivers must follow a special set of laws. If they fail to do so, this may automatically prove negligence. For example, if the driver of the truck did not have a proper commercial driver’s license, either the driver or the company that hired the driver could be held responsible for your injuries.
Clearly, every truck accident is different. To learn more about your options, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: WTNH, "Driver seriously injured in head-on collision with dump truck," Matt Buynak, May 30, 2015