Three people were hospitalized recently after the Ford Taurus they were riding in collided with a dump truck. The incident occurred near the intersection of Tower Street and Coventry Avenue. According to reports, firefighters had to cut off the top of the Taurus to extricate the injured victims from the automobile.
All three were rushed to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. One of the victims suffered serious injuries and was listed in critical condition. The other two victims of the truck accident suffered what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities were not immediately commenting on the cause of the collision although it was reported that the Taurus was northbound on Coventry while the dump truck was traveling east on Tower Street.
Determining the cause of any vehicular accident is vital to the victims of a crash. While most crash investigations involve merely re-creating the accident and assigning blame based upon Connecticut's traffic laws, collisions involving commercial vehicles are more complex.
These vehicles are heavily regulated by state and federal authorities to ensure incidents like these do not happen. From maintaining brakes to limiting a driver's time behind the wheel, commercial operators have a duty to go above and beyond to protect others on the road.
It is important for victims of commercial vehicle accidents to investigate the crash and go after the truck company or other entity that may be ultimately responsible for their injuries. Compensation received from a personal injury lawsuit can help a victim rehabilitate from an injury.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Three Hurt In Dump Truck Vs Car Crash," David Owens, June 16, 2104