A 20-year-old motorcyclist from New London sustained serious injuries in a crash this past week in Norwich. According to local police, the man's motorcycle collided with a commercial truck on West Town Street, near the Route 2 on-ramp after 10 p.m.
Emergency responders treated the man at the scene before he was rushed to William W. Backus Hospital. From there, he was taken by helicopter to the Hartford Hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition. The man's life-changing injuries were not matched by the driver of the commercial truck, who was unharmed in the crash.
The cause of the truck accident is still under investigation. Authorities are asking those with information on the incident to come forward.
Just this past week, this blog reported on the debate in D.C. over changes to federal trucking regulations. Following the high-profile crash involving actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and a sleep deprived semi driver, many local residents are urging their elected officials to take actions to prevent similar accidents.
Nevertheless, the laws being proposed in D.C. would actually lessen the restrictions meant to reduce truck driver fatigue. While minor tweaks to the number of hours a week a trucker can drive may not seem like much, the danger presented by a tired driver is significant.
In this case, for instance, a young 20-year-old man is fighting for his life after crashing into a commercial truck. The cause of that crash has not been identified, but the victim would be wise to investigate the commercial carrier's compliance with safety regulations.
Local Hartford attorneys can help. These experts know the process of reviewing compliance concerns, evaluating claims for damages and ensuring victims and their families maximize their monetary recovery after a crash.
Source: Norwich Bulletin, "Motorcycle operator critically injured in Norwich accident," Ryan Blessing, July 2, 2014