Connecticut Truck Accident: Drivers 10x More Liable
When a Connecticut truck accident occurs, it often leaves the driver of the passenger vehicle with substantial injuries. Commercial truck drivers have a duty to operate their rig in a way that keeps safe all who use our roadways. Sometimes, however, that is not always the case.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) commercial drivers must meet the federal qualifications to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate one of these large trucks. The FMCSA estimates that commercial truck drivers are 10x more likely to cause a crash than weather, road conditions, or poor vehicle maintenance.
The FMCSA regulates all commercial driver actions and behaviors including substances and rest. Prior to hiring, trucking companies are required to test all drivers for use of substances and alcohol. Drivers are prohibited from consuming drugs and alcohol while operating their truck and must submit to testing regularly.
Drivers must also comply with federal regulations that determine rest time. Fatigue is another big cause of truck accidents because it impairs a driver’s ability to focus, react quickly, and make sound judgements.
If you believe your Connecticut truck accident was caused by driver error, contact our firm immediately. Our team is experienced at handling cases like this. In fact, we recovered the largest truck accident settlement in New England for our injured client. We will begin an immediate investigation and help you look out for your long term interests.