Truck Accidents Present Complex Issues and Require Experienced Legal Representation. Our Norwalk Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Win Just Compensation in Norwalk, CT
After several years of decline, serious and fatal truck accidents have been on the rise since 2009. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “[t]he number of people who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.” This is an alarming statistic, particularly when you consider that the number of highway miles traveled by large commercial trucks has not materially increased over the past decade.
Numerous factors can cause and contribute to large truck accidents. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a collision involving a commercial truck in Norwalk, it is important that you speak with an attorney about your legal rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation, and conducting an investigation to determine the cause (or causes) of the accident is one of the first steps on the road to recovery.
Our Law Firm Has Been Fighting for Truck Accident Victims for More than 40 Years
The truck accident lawyers at Berkowitz Hanna have been helping individuals and families recover just compensation for more than 40 years. We have handled cases against major trucking companies, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ losses. Unlike many other truck accident law firms, we handle product liability cases as well, and we have a long track record of successfully pursuing claims against vehicle and component manufacturers.
As the victim of a truck accident, or as a family member of someone who was killed in a collision involving a commercial truck, you are unlikely to know precisely what caused the accident. As your attorneys, it is our job to figure this out for you. When we conduct our investigation, we will be looking for evidence of factors such as:
- Lack of truck driver training or experience
- Negligent or reckless truck driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving or drug-impaired driving
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep behind the wheel
- Faulty brakes, tires, or other truck components
- Faulty cargo straps or other safety devices
- Cargo loading errors
- Exceeding federal limits on hours spent behind the wheel
- Other safety violations or other forms of negligence
FAQs: Seeking Financial Compensation after a Truck Accident in Norwalk
Q: What should I do after a truck accident?
After a truck accident, your priorities should be: (i) to obtain medical attention, and (ii) to seek legal advice. Everything else can come later. If you were injured, it is important that you seek treatment right away, and engaging a law firm promptly is the best way to maximize your chances of a full financial recovery.
Q: Should I contact the truck driver’s insurance company?
Until we investigate, we will not know who is liable for your injuries or your loved one’s death. During your free initial consultation, we will begin gathering the information we need to evaluate your case. Once we have the necessary information, then we can begin the process of seeking just compensation for your injuries.
Q: What if the insurance companies accuse me (or my loved one) of being at fault?
Truck accident cases are complicated, and it is not uncommon for the insurance companies to try to blame victims for their own injuries. However, under no circumstances should you assume that you (or your loved one) was fully or partially at fault in the accident. In many cases, this is nothing more than a defense tactic, and the evidence makes clear that the truck driver or trucking company was fully to blame.
Q: How long do I have to file a claim after a truck accident?
Technically, under Connecticut’s statute of limitations, you may have up to three years to file your claim (depending upon the cause(s) of the accident). However, in order to avoid issues that could jeopardize your claim, we strongly encourage you to speak with an lawyer as soon as possible.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a Norwalk truck accident lawyer?
At Berkowitz Hanna, we calculate our legal fees as a percentage of our client’s financial recovery. You only pay if you win, and you decide whether to settle or take your case to trial.
Get Started with a Free Initial Consultation in Norwalk, CT
If you would like more information about our services, or if you need immediate legal help following a truck accident in Norwalk, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation. To speak with a Norwalk truck accident attorney as soon as possible, please call or inquire online now.