A 74-year-old Clinton woman was injured recently after driving through a red light and being struck by a tractor-trailer. The truck accident occurred in New Hartford, a small town just northwest of Hartford, Connecticut. According to reports, the woman was stopped at the light before unlawfully proceeding through the intersection. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with head pain. The truck driver was uninjured.
In addition to the injury, the collision had another side effect. The crash ruptured the truck’s diesel fuel tank, causing a large spill. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Team, the Department of Transportation and New Hartford’s Highway Department were all called to help clean up the spill. Fire and medical response teams also assisted.
Despite the excessive risk the spill presented, it is not expected to have caused any lingering damages. This is a fortunate result. Truck accidents can often lead to catastrophic issues. The immense size and various cargos of these trucks can add to the already large risks presented on the roadways.
As a result, every truck and truck company is held to a higher standard. Commercial vehicles have special responsibilities pertaining to their equipment and operations. For this reason, victims involved in accidents with commercials trucks are encouraged to contact a local Hartford attorney.
The unique legal requirements placed on truckers and transportation companies have a profound affect on liability prospects. Local attorneys have superior knowledge of these particularities. These professionals can utilize their knowledge to work with trucking companies and insurers to secure awards that help victims move on after an accident.
Source: Utica Observer-Dispatch, “Tractor-trailer crash in New Hartford results in fuel spill, injury,” Oct. 24, 2012