Many Connecticut residents may get nervous when they are driving their vehicles on our state's highways next to a large truck, such as a semi-truck. There is good reason to be nervous in these types of situations: These large trucks weigh significantly more than regular passenger vehicles, and any resulting accident between these types of vehicles of such disparate size can be devastating. So, what are the most common ways that truck drivers cause accidents?
Any type of car accident has the potential to cause devastating injuries to those involved, but motorcycle accidents in particular are notorious for the catastrophic injuries they cause. In many of these types of incidents, the driver and passengers of the other vehicle involved walk away without a scratch. It is the motorcyclist who will usually suffer the brunt of the injuries - or the crash could even be fatal.
Car accidents are fairly common in Connecticut, but fatal car accidents are - thankfully - not quite as common as the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. Unfortunately fatal accidents do occur occasionally, however. And when they do, the family members of the deceased are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened.
Traumatic brain injuries, known as "TBIs" in the medical field, can be life-changing injuries for anyone who suffers from them. Victims can be left without full use of their bodies due to paralysis, resulting in permanent disability. And as most of our readers in Connecticut know, car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries throughout the country. The more serious the car accident, the greater the chance that someone involved will suffer a TBI.
With the holiday season on the horizon as the calendar begins to turn to winter, many Connecticut residents will be going to parties with friends and family, as well as planning their own parties and get-togethers. Everyone likes a good party, but these types of situations should serve as reminders that it can be somewhat of a risk going to another person's home or going onto another person's property if you don't know what to expect - and the property owner is negligent.
Our readers in Connecticut who are familiar with previous posts here know that there is a wide range of damages that can be pursued in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Plaintiffs can pursue financial compensation to cover costs for medical expenses and treatment, or in the event of death, the victim's family may be able to recover funeral costs and lost wages that the deceased would have earned. But what about "loss of companionship" damages? What are these damages and how can they be recovered in a lawsuit?