November 7, 2013 rollover crashes on Interstate 84 in Hartford, West Hartford and Plainville

2013-11-07 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

Category: Distracted Driving

Joseph M. Busher

At least three separate rollover crashes occurred during the morning commute on I-84 on November 7, 2013. In Plainville the crash happened near Route 72, with the car coming to rest in the center median. In Hartford, the crash occurred near exit 49 for Asylum Street at about 6:40 am, with the car coming to rest on the travel portion of the highway. An occupant was required to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The occupant was then taken to the hospital. No details were available regarding the West Hartford rollover. From a photo however it appears that the crash again involved a car coming to rest in the median. The accidents may be related to the wet conditions on November 7, 2013 as well as excessive speeds. Here are some tips for driving in rainy conditions: First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes. Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather. Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you. Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely. Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you. Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. CT law requires you to use your headlights! Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better. Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wipers. People involved in rollover crashes can suffer horrific injuries, especially if they aren’t wearing their seatbelts. In the majority of fatal rollover accidents, the victim is ejected from the vehicle because he or she isn’t wearing a seatbelt. Accident victims can suffer serious, disfiguring injuries, or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, you may have a claim against the vehicle manufacturer because of a fault vehicle design. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses (including future medical expenses), lost wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. Morning commute accidents are very frequent, and while some such accidents can be minor, others can be devastating. Our law firm understands how traumatic car accidents can be. We vigorously pursue all available remedies on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims throughout the state of Connecticut. Call us today at (860) 278 4040 to discuss you case. The Connecticut car accident lawyers at Jackson O'Keefe have the years of experience and knowledge necessary to provide you with the skilled representation you need when dealing with insurance companies following any type of motor vehicle accident. Car crashes and those involving motorcycles or commercial trucks all have specific laws and issues unique to them. Quick assessment of those issues, determining the cause of the crash and assessing the severity of your injury and your medical needs are the services you can expect when you retain our Connecticut car accident attorneys. The Connecticut car accident lawyers at Jackson O'Keefe are adept at assessing the physical principles of the accident, the medical evidence used to evaluate injuries, and the economic and accounting principles required to evaluate losses. We provide the strongest possible representation to maximize your recovery. We will investigate the car accident scene, research the accident and your car, along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your accident. We will stand up for you against any wrongdoer, trucking company or anyone else who has caused you harm. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended. Because of our experience in taking cases to trial, we can often obtain favorable settlements even without a trial. With over 50 years of representing Connecticut car accident litigants, the law firm of Jackson O'Keefe understands how the unique circumstances of your collision require careful and compassionate representation. Call us today at (860) 278 4040 to discuss you case. See our car accident resources to learn more.

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