Just the size and weight of most of the commercial trucks travelling daily on Connecticut highways are enough to intimidate the average motorist. A distracted truck driver can endanger people’s lives in a semi truck crash just as easily as a truck company that sends one of its vehicles on the road with defective or improperly maintained equipment.
It takes skill and experience to drive a truck at highway speeds in all types of weather conditions. A Truck company that sends one of its drivers onto the road with inadequate training might be held responsible for the injuries suffered by the victim of a multi-vehicle crash caused by truck driver error.
Another factor that might contribute to a truck accident is the emphasis placed by truck drivers and truck owners maximize income by completing trips as quickly as possible. Although drivers are required to record their time behind the wheel in a trucking log to prevent truck driver fatigue, some drivers have ways of exceeding the maximum number of hours.
A fatigued driver, in much the same way as a distracted truck driver, may not react quickly to emergency situations. For example, a semi truck crash could occur if a tired or distracted driver fails to see traffic slowing or stopping up ahead. A delay in applying the breaks could result in a multi-vehicle accident crash with victims suffering from a serious head injury or back injury.
Victims of negligent truck drivers might be entitled to recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, permanent disability, and pain and suffering. A consultation with a New Haven, Connecticut, personal injury could provide you with legal advice about your rights against a negligent truck driver and a truck owner.