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Fatal Crash Involving Tractor Trailer Parked in Shoulder of Route 25

Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 29, 2012 in Truck Accidents

The Connecticut Post reports that a motorist and her passenger were killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer parked in the right shoulder of Route 25 shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Bridgeport. [See article here.] Federal law requires a trucker to place three warning devices around his stopped truck, two behind and one in front. These can be flares, reflective triangles, electric lanterns or red reflectors.  [See 49 CFR 392.22 and 393.95.]  Further, truckers are required by federal law to activate their hazard warning signal flashers prior to the placement of these warning devices. Oncoming drivers may perceive a parked truck as moving if these warning devices are not placed / activated.

This is well-known in the trucking industry and warned about in the Commercial Driver's Manual ("Do not trust the tail lights to give warning. Drivers have crashed into the rear of a parked vehicle because they thought it was moving normally.")  Violations of these rules of the road may have contributed to the crash reported in this article.  D'Amico & Pettinicchi's accomplished New Haven truck accident attorneys has significant experience representing people injured and killed in cases involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers.  Attorney D'Amico is on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal trucking practices. [APITLA]