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Navigating Connecticut’s comparative negligence law after a crash

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2020 | Truck Accidents

There is no doubt among victims that truck accidents result in serious or catastrophic injuries in many cases. Those who have walked away from a collision with a semitruck are lucky indeed. Most truck accident victims are left with severe injuries such as brain damage, amputation, multiple fractures or internal injuries. These injuries are life-changing as they require ongoing treatment, often for the rest of a victim’s life.

You may think the blame for your truck accident is clear and indisputable. Unfortunately, in the eyes of the law, your situation is not so cut-and-dried. You can expect the truck driver and/or the trucking company to mount a strong defense. In states with comparative negligence laws, respondents in an injury claim often use such laws as a part of their defense.

Connecticut is one of many states with comparative negligence laws. This means that if a court finds that you contributed to the truck accident, any financial damages awarded may be reduced or eliminated. If your share of the fault is less than 52%, you can still receive compensation, but it will be reduced according to the amount of negligence you contributed to the crash.

We know these laws are complicated and seem unfair to those affected by truck accidents. Why should you have to suffer even more because a trucker or a company caused you harm? Our North Haven, CT, injury lawyers agree that you deserve recompense for your harm.

We urge truck accident victims to seek legal counsel when pursuing an injury claim. In many cases, the skill a lawyer brings to your case can overcome the defense strategies the responsible parties attempt to use against you. You can find additional information about your legal options after a crash by reviewing more of our website and our legal blog.