An East Hartford man was killed in a fatal accident last Friday in Norwalk. According to reports, a 43-year-old man in a 1998 Plymouth Voyager crashed into the wheels of a semi-truck at around 3:25 in the morning. The truck accident occurred at the intersection of the Route 7 Connector and Grist Mill Road.
The victim's van hit the driver side of the Mack tractor-trailer, which was turning onto the southbound lanes. He was extricated from his vehicle, and rushed to the Norwalk Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the semi was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators said that a sheen could be seen on the roadway at the time of the accident, despite it having been previously salted. Nevertheless, police could not confirm the cause of the crash and were asking for witnesses with information on the accident to come forward.
While icy roads can wreak havoc this time of the year, semi-trucks present a danger to commuter vehicles all year round. Because of their size and commercial incentives, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by the state and federal governments.
These regulations seek to eliminate inattentive truck drivers through education and drive time restrictions. Moreover, the regulations seek to ensure that all trucks are properly maintained.
The failure to adhere to these regulations can result in negligence claims by those injured in a crash. Truck accident victims should, therefore, contact local Hartford attorneys to advise them on their rights after a crash.
Source: Hartford Courant, "East Hartford Man Killed in Norwalk Crash," Kelly Glista, Dec. 27, 2013