Report dangerous driving, especially a truck driver
Last week, we discussed how fatal truck accidents are on the rise in Connecticut and the rest of the United States. One of the reasons for this is that as the economy continues to make improvements Americans are making more purchases, therefore requiring more trucks on the roads to deliver the goods.
The tragedy that can come with involvement in a truck accident was recently publicized when famous comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a tragic truck accident. The comedian, who was touring with his entourage at the time of the crash, faced serious injuries when a truck driver who was allegedly dozing while driving rear ended his vehicle. Another passenger, fellow comedian and friend was killed and others were injured. The accident garnered headlines across the nation.
Anyone who has been involved in a collision with a truck or another large commercial vehicle knows how catastrophic the results can be. Sadly, individuals are often killed or seriously injured in trucking accidents because a small passenger vehicle is no match for a large and powerful truck.
In the movie "Castaway," Tom Hanks plays a duty-driven FedEx manager who is obsessed with delivering packages on time.
In the first part of this post, we noted how fatigued driving raises the risk of truck accidents.
When a truck accident occurs, it can take some time for an investigation to shed light on what caused it.
Usually, when one thinks of people being injured in trucking accidents, one rarely thinks of the victims being the truck drivers. However, drivers of commercial vehicles do not always escape from accidents unscathed. An accident that occurred in Connecticut in early Dec. 2012 is a very good example of just how dangerous trucking accidents can be for the truck drivers themselves.
After trying to settle the case in mediation, a trucking company and several plaintiffs will head to court to resolve a wrongful death claim. The claim stems from a 2007 fatal truck accident in East Lyme. The case was moved to Hartford Superior Court from New London because of the complexity of the claim.
Yesterday morning, winter weather blew through Connecticut, bringing a string of serious car accidents with it. Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do when inclement weather strikes. However, drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a manner that is appropriate for the current road conditions. In a situation like this, that would likely entail slowing down, making sure your headlights are on and maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you. If drivers fail to drive safely and cause a collision, it may be cause for a personal injury claim.