A snow plow truck and a Hartford police car were recently involved in separate accidents in the latest ice storm to hit the area. The plow accident occurred when a vehicle stopped in front of the truck. The driver could not stop in time and swerved to hit a second vehicle. The truck driver was cited for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
Meanwhile, the police officer got into a single vehicle accident after striking a curb while responding to a property damage complaint. These instances were just two of many bumps and bruises cars sustained as a result of the black ice. Fortunately, no one was injured in either accident, although many times, injuries are a result of winter-related accidents and truck accidents. Winter weather like this causes life-changing injuries every season.
One of the biggest causes for serious injuries is collisions involving commercial trucks. As a result, the truck company and truck driver must adhere to additional regulations intended to keep other drivers safe. These requirements do not stop when the roads get slick. Rather, truckers' obligations arguably heighten when winter season rolls around.
There may be compensation available to help those injured in truck accidents and winter weather-related accidents. The trucking company, the truck driver or any contributing party to an accident may be held liable. Damages suffered could include expenses related to medical care, missed work, continuing medical care and pain and suffering. A local Hartford attorney may be able to help accident victims explore their options.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Hartford Plow Truck, Police Car Involved in Collisions During Ice Storm," Christine Dempsey, Dec. 10, 2014