Woman killed in Connecticut truck accident
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 28, 2012 in Truck Accidents
The most devastating aspect of truck accidents is that it does not take much for them to turn fatal. Because of their size and power, trucks can do extensive and tragic damage when they are involved in a collision, even if they are not speeding or carrying tons of cargo. However, when these factors do come into play, truck accidents can often be fatal.
Unfortunately, it is typically the drivers and passengers in other vehicles that suffer the most in a truck accident. Despite all their safety features, cars cannot provide enough protection when an enormous tractor-trailer crashes into them. Preventing these accidents is of utmost importance, and that is why there are increased regulations and operating procedures for those who wish to operate these commercial-sized vehicles.
Recently, a woman was driving through Middlebury when traffic slowed down in front of her. She too slowed down for the backed up traffic, but the truck behind her failed to take the same precautions. The trucker did not slow down in time and crashed in the back of the woman's SUV. This initial crash set off four others in a chain reaction. In total, eight other people were injured and the driver of the SUV was killed in the crash.
Details regarding what prevented the truck driver from slowing down to avoid the accident have not been released. In similar accidents, however, it is not uncommon for a trucker to be overly tired or distracted which can make them a hazard behind the wheel. There have also been drivers who do not pay attention to warnings that are communicated through their radios which can alert them to upcoming traffic backups and other changes in road conditions.
The accident is still under investigation and the driver is not facing charges at this time. However, based on the results of the investigation, that could change if there is any negligence or reckless behavior uncovered on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.
Source: ABC 40 "Truck Driver from Springfield Involved in Deadly CT Crash" Nov. 21, 2012