Category: Car Accidents

Connecticut DOT To Assess Tree Safety Along Merritt Parkway

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Monday that she has asked the state Department of Transportation to assess the safety of trees along the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways in response to a fatal accident on Saturday.  Rell was acting on a request made by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who sent a letter to the governor seeking an immediate review of tree maintenance procedures.  On Saturday, two people will killed when a tree fell onto their car while driving on the Merritt Parkway. The State of Connecticut, through its Department of Transportation, inspects trees along roadways and highways for their safety and integrity.  Questions will certainly be raised as to why this tree fell and if the state properly inspected and maintained the trees along the parkway. 

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Fatal Car Accident – I91 Connecticut

An accident on the northbound side of I-91 near Exit 24 has left at least one person dead, state police said.
Traffic has backed up on both sides of the highway. A flipped-over vehicle lies roof-down in the middle of the highway median, witnesses said.
Due to the death, the state has sent its accident reconstruction team to investigate how the car accident happened.  The State of Connecticut performs an accident investigation that includes reconstruction of the accident whenever serious injury or death is involved.

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Preserving Evidence – Truck Accidents

Truck accident cases are typically more complex than the average automobile accident case. Practically, truck accident cases are more difficult to handle because there is typically more at stake. A recent Jury Verdict Research nationwide study looked at truck accidents from 1996 to 2005 and found that the average compensation award of these verdicts was $90,000. In contrast, the average personal injury verdict was $38,461.
If there is a liability dispute, there is a wealth of data that may be available to assist in proving that the truck driver was negligent. It is critical that this evidence be preserved. At the outset of the claim, we send out broad requests to preserve all documents, equipment, photographs, data and other items related to the accident. We also ask and demand certain specific information including:

1. Black box data;
2. Truck driver’s personnel file and driving history;
3. All statements obtained from investigation of the truck accident;
4. The truck driver’s log for the last two years (which must be kept per 49 C.F.R. 395.8 and 395.15);
5. The truck driver’s qualification file as required by 49 C.F.R. 391-51;
6. GPS and/or other tracking data; and
7. The truck’s maintenance and repair history.

This is done to fully and properly investigate, prove and if needed try the case before a jury. If you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact us so that one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers can evaluate your claim and take all necessary steps to preserve the evidence.

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Motorcycle Accident Injures Bicyclist – Bristol CT

A 53-year-old bicyclist who suffered head injuries Tuesday in a collision with a motorcycle has improved to stable condition. The bicyclist is hospitalized at Hartford Hospital. He was flown to the hospital by LifeStar on Tuesday evening after the crash at Enterprise Drive and Horizon Drive.

The cause of the accident and who if anyone was at fault have not be disclosed by the police. The crash remains under police investigation. According to police reports, neither person was wearing a helmet. Helmets are crucial in protecting motorcyclists and bicyclists from serioius head injuries. Connecticut law presently does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets. To read more about motorcycle safety and accident prevention, click here.

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