A semi-truck ran off eastbound I-84 in West Hartford last Wednesday morning. According to reports, the tractor-trailer crashed off an embankment near exit 43 by the Park Road curve. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the truck accident. The incident did, however, result in a minor fuel spill that was quickly cleaned up.
Authorities closed the right line of the highway immediately after the accident, and additional lane closures were expected when efforts to remove the truck got under way. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Images of a toppled vehicle in excess of 10,000 pounds does not suggest a no-injury accident. This blog has regularly reported on local truck accidents that cause serious injuries or deaths. When a semi loses control, all commuter vehicles on the road are in grave danger.
Ensuing accidents have led to litigation where victims have collected seven figure settlements and jury awards. These significant claims are possible in commercial truck accident because of the responsibility imposed on those using the highways for profit.
Those injured in a truck accident may be entitled to a similar sum from the truck company or other party responsible. Nonetheless, getting to the point of payment can be difficult.
Luckily, local Hartford attorneys specialize in litigation against trucking companies. They know the ins and outs of truck regulations, which can be vital in proving liability. Victims of an out of control truck deserve expert representation, and local attorneys with experience in truck accident litigation can provide it.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Tractor-Trailer Crashes off I-84 in West Hartford," Dec. 11, 2013