Connecticut DOT sued for truck accident
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 10, 2014 in Truck Accidents
A truck accident turned into a catastrophe when a large number of other vehicles became involved. A total of 20 vehicles were included in a truck accident that claimed the lives of four people and injured 19 others. Now, one of the victims wants the Connecticut Department of Transportation to be held responsible.
Back in 2005, the driver of a dump truck lost control after brake failure. This resulted in a 20-vehicle accident that sent 19 to the hospital. One of the victims suffered a number of injuries, including lung puncture and broken bones. The victim claims that the Department of Transportation should be held responsible and that the state was aware of the dangerous road conditions. He filed a lawsuit citing negligence on the part of the state.
However, the Department of Transportation stated that the road was not unsafe and is seeking dismissal. The judge denied the request to dismiss the lawsuit. The Department of Transportation took the case to an Appellate Court, which overruled the original denial and granted the case's dismissal. This is not the end, however, and the victim filed an appeal with the Supreme Court and should have a decision in the coming months.
A truck accident can be dangerous and deadly. In this case, multiple individuals lost their lives within split seconds due to the actions of another driver. The plaintiff may be awarded the damages he's requesting in appeals court if evidence substantiates his claims. Connecticut residents who have been involved in an accident that caused serious injuries may wish to pursue personal injury claims against the other party. The civil court system typically adjudicates these types of claims based upon evidence that the other party acted in a negligent manner that caused or contributed to injuries.
Source: therepublic.com, "Victim tells high court that Connecticut should be accountable for fatal Avon Mountain crash", , April 30, 2014