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New Ice-Missile Law to Take Effect

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 07, 2014 in Truck Accidents

Connecticut residents may not be aware of the new "ice missile" law that takes effect on Jan. 1. Regular motorists are already required by law to clear ice and snow from their cars. With the new law in effect, commercial drivers will now be required to clean snow from their trucks. Truck drivers who fail to clear their trucks of snow may pay a $120 fine, and those who are repeat offenders may pay up to $1,000 in fines.

Lawmakers are hoping the new law will save lives by protecting motorists from ice and snow flying from the top of trucks and other commercial vehicles. According to a police lieutenant, snow or a large chunk of ice coming from the top of a tractor-trailer can blind motorists and cause them to lose control and cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. Troopers will now keep their eyes on snow and ice flying from the tops of cars and trucks.

Commercial drivers are now required to clean the roofs of their vehicles to avoid blinding other motorists with flying ice and snow. The failure to do so may open a truck driver to liability if it is determined that snow or ice from his or her truck caused an accident.

A Connecticut personal injury lawyer may evaluate such a case to determine whether the victim is eligible for compensation. Victims may ask law enforcement for a copy of the accident report. A Waterbury personal injury lawyer may be able to use the police report to help establish liability and prove the case if it proceeds to trial. It might be possible to settle the case out of court through negotiation with the trucking company and its insurance company.