Hartford Truck Accident Lawyers

Accidents involving commercial vehicles are typically devastating. A commercial vehicle is a vehicle with a gross weight rating over 10,000 pounds. This includes tractor trailer trucks, tanker trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and coach buses. These accidents involve a very distinct set of complications that make them very different from a typical motor vehicle accident. When a vehicle that exceeds 10,000 pounds collides with a smaller vehicle, the injuries and damage can be devastating, and in many circumstances fatal. At any given moment there are likely hundreds of commercial vehicles on Connecticut roadways.

INVESTIGATION COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENTS

These cases involve a very specific analysis and investigation that includes determining the cause of the accident. Specifically, what caused the commercial vehicle to collide with a car. Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions. Other elements may take place immediately before a crash, such as a decision to turn in traffic, a tire blowout, or snow. As a result, involving a trucking accident attorney with experience in complex motor vehicle accident cases as early as possible can be crucial. The trucking attorneys at Aeton Law have significant experience working on complex Connecticut commercial vehicle accidents, and have worked with some of the top experts in the world

Accident reconstruction experts rarely conclude that crashes are the result of a single factor. Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.

FEDERAL TRUCKING REGULATIONS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for monitoring and regulating the operation of commercial vehicles, including those that operate in Connecticut. The FMCSA has conducted a study of hundreds of potential factors that may contribute to commercial vehicle accidents. After analyzing the data, the FMSCA compiled a list of the most common and significant factors contributing to trucking accidents. The following ten factors are ranked in order of the most common potential factors involved in a truck accident. They are:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before the crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Investigation of the accident is not the only complicated aspect of truck accidents. In many circumstances, the cause of the accident may be maintenance-related or a defect in the truck. In truck accident cases, the victim could potentially be negotiating with the company that employs the driver, the insurance companies, potentially the manufacturer of the commercial vehicle, the company that owns the commercial vehicle, and possibly others.

FILING A PERSONAL INJURY AGAINST A COMMERCIAL TRUCKING CLAIM

Even if a truck driver operating in Connecticut has clearly caused your crash, the insurance companies and attorneys representing the driver, the employer, and any other companies involved may attempt to dispute liability for the accident. They may also attack the extent or the severity of the injuries you’ve suffered. They may even deny the claim in its entirety. Given these issues and the complicated problems that arise in trucking accidents, it is very important to have an experienced accident attorney advocating on your behalf from the outset.

Trucking accidents, like car accidents, vary in severity. The severity of this type of collision can be influenced by several factors including speed, weather and road conditions traffic conditions, driver experience and training, weight and type of load being carried, and condition of the truck. Moreover, the type of commercial vehicle involved can have a significant impact. Severe accidents can involve tanker trucks, freight trucks, dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and coach buses. Many companies that operate these vehicles are not required to maintain records for more than 90 days. Because of the potentially short record retention deadlines that may be involved, getting an experienced litigation attorney involved as early as possible to investigate any potential claims is extremely important

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident in Connecticut it is important to consult with a skilled professional as soon after the incident as possible. Aeton Law’s experienced personal injury attorneys can help you recover for your injuries. The attorneys at Aeton Law Partners have extensive experience in investigating, litigating and prosecuting claims on behalf of injured clients who are the victims of negligent trucking companies. Contact one of our attorneys at 860.724.2160.

FREE CASE EVALUATION

N. Kane Bennett

Partner

Neyah Kane Bennett is the managing partner of Aeton Law Partners LLP. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. In 2014-2020, he was awarded the Super Lawyer designation for business litigation.  He authored the business torts section of a book for ALM on the topic of civil discovery in Connecticut. He recently published “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes.” The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to mid-sized business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut.

Attorney Bennett’s practice at Aeton includes representation of individuals and businesses in a range of trial and transactional matters, such as business, employment, commercial law, technology, and complex personal injury. In addition, he provides general counsel services to individuals and businesses related to litigation, contracts, technology, employment matters, and risk management issues throughout Connecticut. He also regularly handles cases in Massachusetts and other states.

Litigation and Trial Experience

Attorney Bennett tried his first jury trial case on the day he passed the bar exam more than 20 years ago. He has been in and out of courtrooms ever since on all types of cases throughout Connecticut and in multiple states. He started his career as a prosecutor in a jurisdiction with significant levels of serious crime. He received training in trial practice and investigative tactics from senior trial attorneys both locally and nationally. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict and questioned hundreds of witnesses under oath in court proceedings.

Attorney Bennett moved on from his job as a prosecutor to join one of Connecticut’s largest litigation and trial firms. There, he gained extensive training and experience in civil litigation working alongside and under the supervision of notable veteran attorneys. After several years of practice and reaching the status of Partner, Attorney Bennett moved on to form his own law firm, Aeton Law Partners.

Attorney Bennett has represented several companies and business owners in matters involving breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits, employment claims, shareholder rights and protection of trade secrets. He has handled litigation and trial matters involving financial investors, minority and majority shareholders, dissolution proceedings, and shareholder disputes. He has acquired significant case handling experience in the area of shareholder rights, including both the defense and prosecution of claims for shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, and dissolution. He has also represented nurses, physicians, and other health care practitioners in all types of disputes concerning ownership rights and business matters as well as cases with employers involving compensation, termination, and medical staff privileges.

Transactional Experience and General Counsel Services

Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice was developed after many successful results in business litigation and employment matters. Attorney Bennett’s business, employment and commercial litigation cases frequently resulted in settlements or business deals that required transactional work. His clients started to ask him to serve as outside general counsel on all transactional and litigation matters to include negotiating employment agreements, general terms of service, master services agreements, corporate governance, technology purchases, and risk management. Today, Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice includes general counsel services for small to mid-sized businesses, negotiation and drafting of all types of business and employment contracts, and purchase and sale agreements and other sale and acquisition documents.

Law Firm Management and Technology

Early in his career, Attorney Bennett started to adopt new legal technologies to increase his service level to clients. He has continued to stay on the leading edge in the use of legal technology.  Aeton Law Partners was one of the first firms to use only digital files and cloud based practice management. He also published a column for the Connecticut Law Tribune on various technology platforms to help attorneys deploy better methods of law firm practice and management.

Industry Knowledge and Publications

Attorney Bennett is the author of the recently published book “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from 10 Years of Business Disputes.”  The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to midsize business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut. Attorney Bennett also has been featured on video or quoted in the news media on his own cases or for opinions on other legal matters.

Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Cum laude
    • Honors: Law Review
  • University of Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Published Works and Seminars

  • How to Bullet Proof Your Business – Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes (2019)
  • Co-Author of the Business Torts section of CT Civil Discovery Form, CT Law Tribune (2012)
  • Head in the Clouds: The Ethical and Practical Considerations for Attorneys in Cloud Computing (2013)
  • Dare to Go Digital: How a 21st Century Law Firm Can Increase Productivity and Profits by Smart Use of Technology, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Design and Management of the Lean Law Firm, CT Bar Association Small Firm Management Section (2011)
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements: Where Are We Now and How Are Firms Changing to Implement AFA’s, New England Legal Marketing Association (2011)
  • Firm Future, Practice Management and Legal Technology, The Warren Group (2010)
  • Find It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute (2010)
  • Flash Forward or Lost: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law, and What’s Next? Connecticut Bar Foundation (2010)
  • Commercial Litigation Roundtable, Managing Litigation, Council on Litigation Management (2010)
  • The Business of Law: Does It Have to Be Profits v. Ethics? A Discussion of Alternative Fees. New Jersey Institute for Legal Education (October 2010)
  • Technology Basics for Solos and Small Firms, New Haven County Bar Association (2009)
  • Don’t Get Caught Operating Without A License, For the Defense (DRI 2008)
  • Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium, Connecticut Chapter, (DRI 2007)
  • Speech Recognition Software More Reliable Than Ever, CT Law Tribune (2007)
  • A Better Option for Viewing Transcripts Electronically, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • Sore Thumbs Up to Lawyer Mobility, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • When is it Timely to Bring a Third-Party Indemnification Action in a Product Liability Case, The Defense, Journal of Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (2005)
  • Low Digital Prices Facilitate Video Depositions, CT Law Tribune (2005)

Community Involvement

Attorney Bennett is a proud contributor of various groups including the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.