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Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney Explains What Makes Truck Accidents Unique

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Hi, I'm Paul McConnell from the doctor lawyer team.

I want to talk to you about truck accidents that are different from other types of motor vehicle accidents. First of all, is the severity. As the sheer volume and mass of tractor trailers often cause profound damages, both property damages, and sometimes, catastrophic personal injuries. They're also legally more complex. For example, there's such a thing called a ‘vicarious liability.’ This basically means if a truck driver works for a carrier, then the carrier can be responsible for any negligence that was caused by their employee who is the truck driver. Listen, these truck companies and their insurance companies are no joke. They have experience in these cases. And it's not uncommon, for example, that even while the accident investigation is being conducted by the police, these companies and insurance companies deploy their own investigative team on site to conduct their own investigations. There's also additional rules of the road, if you will, on these types of cases. That is, there's the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and that's a mouthful. They have a number of regulations that govern both truck drivers as well as carriers and turn such things as weight, things like rest that's required for the drivers, as well as documentation to back these things up. So, there's different additional rules of the road that are in place beyond just what we're accustomed to in terms of speed and crossing lanes. Also, you should know that these trucks are often going to be equipped with very sophisticated recording devices similar to airplane accidents, where they have the little black box. Well, trucks also have these types of sophisticated recording devices, which can be very helpful in cases like this. But again, these companies are no joke and they're gonna litigate these cases very hard and very seriously. You need to be prepared to do the same on your side. Accidents involving tractor trailers are serious business often having very significant damages, as well as sometimes, unfortunately, catastrophic injuries. Contact us at the number below on the screen.

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