Truck Accidents

Bartlett Legal Group provides answers for your frequently asked questions about accidents involving large commercial vehicles.

Do you have questions about truck accidents?

If you were involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, give yourself the peace of mind that your case is being handled by a law firm you can count on. Bartlett Legal Group will work tirelessly to ensure the other party is held accountable.

Contact an experienced attorney today to find out how we can help you at 203-463-4939. This consultation is absolutely FREE.

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I was involved in an accident with a truck. What do I do next?

The resulting fallout after an accident is rarely easy to manage. The massive size disparity between commercial and passenger vehicles makes it more likely that catastrophic, life-changing injuries will occur. The heightened levels of emotion and stress will frequently mask immediate injuries and pain. It is also common for individuals to suffer injuries that do not manifest in obvious ways for many days, months, or even years.

Whether injuries appear to be serious or not, it is vitally important to seek medical attention and let a qualified professional provide a medical diagnosis and advise a course of treatment. Additionally, do not let costs dissuade you from seeking medical attention. These difficult and expensive costs are all recoverable through an insurance claim or litigation with the help of an attorney. Failing to seek medical attention may negatively impact your ability to pursue financial restitution.

After medical needs have been met, the next best step is to contact an attorney and allow them to guide you through the legal process.

How much does a truck accident attorney cost?

Our legal firm will only charge a fee if we secure a settlement on your behalf or if you win in court. This is known as a contingency fee agreement. If you are concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney contact Bartlett Legal Group today for a zero-cost consultation.

How do I know if I am entitled to compensation?

Every situation is different and will depend on various factors. An experienced attorney at Bartlett Legal Group will get you an answer to this question today with a free, no-risk consultation. It is critically important to avoid delay and contact an attorney immediately.

Do I really need to contact an attorney to handle my claim?

It's not unreasonable to ask whether it is actually necessary to seek legal representation after an accident with a tractor trailer truck. Most people expect their own car insurance company to fight on their behalf. However, your car insurance will not fight to get you compensation for your injuries, so the answer to this is a resounding YES. Insurance policy limits carried by companies operating commercial vehicles are typically over $1,000,000 due to federal statutes governing the trucking industry. This means that trucking insurance companies have the resources and financial motivation to aggressively defend these types of accident claims. Before filing a truck accident insurance claim, contact an attorney to ensure you are well represented. The insurance companies will do everything in their power to fight and so should you.

Can you help me if I live in a state other than Connecticut?

Yes, we help families nationwide. Over the years we have built an extensive network of top-rated attorneys and experts across the country that we work with regularly.

What types of damages am I entitled to compensation for?

The breadth and scope of damages you may be entitled to seek compensation for will vary widely from case to case. An experienced attorney will ensure that you are fairly compensated for all damages. These types of damages may include:

  • Current and future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of wages
  • Property damage
  • Permanent disability

Who is responsible for my accident with a truck?

As with any accident, determining fault is an often complicated yet crucial step. An attorney at Bartlett Legal Group will navigate the various state and federal laws governing the trucking and freight industry to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable. These parties may include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Trucking companies
  • Maintenance workers
  • Truck and part manufacturers
  • Freight loaders
  • Commercial rental companies

Can injured passengers also file a claim?

YES. Passengers who sustained injuries as the result of an accident with a commercial vehicle may be entitled to compensation.

How long will it take to receive compensation?

The answer here will vary widely from several months to several years. Any person involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle will want compensation fast, however, one should always be skeptical of any attorney who promises fast results.

Insurance companies may be quick to offer settlements that will save them money at your expense. The right attorney will meticulously assess your situation to determine appropriate damages. In the event that a settlement can not be reached, your case may go to trial. While the trial itself may only last a few days, the proceedings leading up to it may take many months or even years.

Is there a time limit for filing a lawsuit for my accident?

Each state has different guidelines governing how much time you have to file a claim. For example, in Connecticut, a personal injury action typically must be filed within two years from the date the personal injury is sustained. Certain circumstances could shorten or lengthen the time you have to file a claim, so if you want to know if you are still eligible to file a claim for damages, contact Bartlett Legal Group today.

Should I accept the settlement offered by the insurance company?

You should never accept a settlement from an insurance company without consulting with an attorney first. Insurers will often offer insufficient settlements to take advantage of injured parties. It is often in their best interest to settle quickly and limit their financial responsibility. It is essential to find an attorney that will represent your interests and work hard for compensation that will adequately address your pain and suffering.

Is it safe for me to post on social media about my accident?

One of the most common gut reactions in the social media age is to post photos and other details on the Internet. Any reputable attorney will caution you against doing this because the information you post could inadvertently hurt your case. Numerous courts have ruled in recent years that your expectation of privacy is forfeited once details are posted even if your social profiles are private. The most seemingly innocent details could potentially jeopardize your ability to win compensation.

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