Big rigs are a common sight whether they are traveling on the Interstate or on one of Connecticut’s many rural roads.

A large truck weighs 20 to 30 times as much as a passenger vehicle, and a truck-car crash can be catastrophic. What caused the collision in which you were injured?

Fighting fatigue

Truck drivers work long hours and it is easy for fatigue to catch up with them. Some wisely take a break but often truckers stay on the road to meet deadlines, making travel dangerous for both themselves and for nearby motorists. Findings of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that 13% of truck drivers were suffering fatigue at the time of their crash.

Overloading cargo

Overloaded cargo is one of the main causes of trucking accidents since the load can shift and cause the truck to be off-balance. The driver will find controlling the vehicle more difficult. For example, he or she may not realize that a heavier load will require a longer stopping distance, which is particularly dangerous when a big rig is traveling downhill. Overloading also creates wear and tear on tires and suspension, and worn components can result in accidents.

Assigning responsibility

Fault for the crash and your resulting injuries will likely lie with multiple parties; for example, the truck driver, the trucking company that owns the vehicle and the company or individual responsible for loading the cargo. As the victim in a truck-car crash, you have a right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.