Truck accidents, regardless of the size of the truck, can be frightening for all involved. Reports of common injuries from truck accidents in Bridgeport and Connecticut county provide eye-opening statistics. Because of the size and weight of the vehicle and the force it carries at high speeds, the injuries and damage caused by a truck accident are often severe. Yes, some fortunate drivers are able to walk away relatively unscathed following an accident involving a truck, but others are not.
Truck Accident Fatality Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides detailed information for every state throughout the US. According to statistics, fatalities in 2014 involving light to large trucks in Connecticut include:
- Light trucks (pickup) – seven (or 3%)
- Light trucks (utility) – eighteen (or 7%)
- Light trucks (vans) – two (or 1%)
- Large trucks – four (or 2%)
Twenty fatalities involving a large truck were reported in 2014. Fairfield County accounted for 19% of fatalities during that year. The US Department of Transportation reported seven fatalities in Fairfield County in 2014 from crashes involving a large truck.
Common Injuries Resulting from Truck Accidents in the Bridgeport Area
Common injuries from truck accidents in the Bridgeport region and the surrounding areas include but are not limited to:
- blunt force trauma to the head – such injuries can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries that lead to permanent brain damage.
- back and spinal cord injury
- neck injuries
- burns caused by spilled diesel fuel
Of course, the type and severity of common injuries from truck accidents depend on the types of other vehicles involved as well as other factors including speed, the force of impact, the size of the truck, and so forth.
Understanding your rights as a victim of a truck accident or as the driver of the truck involved in an accident is important. The knowledge will not only protect you against lawsuits, but also help you obtain what you deserve in the event of injuries, death, or loss of property as a result of a truck accident.
An experienced attorney will be aware of federal as well as Connecticut State trucking regulations and the most common causes of accidents involving trucks. A vehicle or motorcycle versus truck accident can contribute to catastrophic injuries, and may be caused by a number of contributing factors including negligence, visibility, mechanical failure, speeding, and more.
An attorney who has dealt with common injuries from truck accidents in the Bridgeport area and surrounding regions will be well versed in the rules and regulations that apply to commercial and independent truck drivers accessing Connecticut roads. Fighting for compensation for personal injuries, which can include medical expenses, lost income, physical or occupational therapy (short-term and long-term), as well as damages for pain and suffering, is best left to an experienced lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, seek legal advice from an attorney who has the experience to not only provide you with the justice you deserve but the representation you may need if you have been deemed the at-fault driver of an accident involving a truck.
Contact Jim Miron, a personal injury lawyer based in Bridgeport with over 20 years of experience. Call (203) 339-5991 for a fast, free, and confidential consultation regarding your rights if you have been involved in a truck accident.