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Who is to blame after a crash, the trucker or their employer?

If you were involved in a collision with a truck in Connecticut, it is likely that there were significant damages to your vehicle, and it is also likely that you suffered from personal injuries. This entire ordeal can be stressful and upsetting, but, at some point, you will want to consider your possibilities when it comes to gaining damages.

In the case of a collision with two passenger vehicles in Connecticut, the at-fault driver's insurance provider will be responsible for paying out damages. However, when a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a truck, the situation is slightly more complex. This is because the liability may lie either with the truck driver or the truck driver's employer, depending on the exact circumstances.

When is the trucking company responsible for the incident?

There are many situations when the trucking company can be held responsible for the truck collision. Depending on the circumstances, this can potentially mean that the plaintiff will be able to recoup more damages, because they can show the extent to which the company was negligent.

Examples of times when the trucking company can be held responsible for an accident include situations in which the truck driver was not subject to regulatory drug tests. If they were then involved in an accident that was caused in full or in part by being under the influence, the trucking company could be held legally liable.

Additionally, faults in the truck due to poor maintenance or negligent safety standards could mean that the trucking company will be held responsible.

When may the truck driver be held responsible?

If the truck driver is engaging in distracted driving -- for example, if they are using their phone or changing the dial on the radio -- it is possible that they will be held personally responsible for causing the accident. However, the company may also face consequences through the principle of vicarious liability.

If you have been involved in a truck accident in Connecticut, it is important that you take action to claim damages.

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