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MOTOR VEHICLE LAW: Stamford Superior Court Judge rules handicapped owner of a modified vehicle cannot be found liable for reckless entrustment of vehicle to a valet driver, who was not trained to operate such a vehicle

A Stamford Superior Court judge granted a defendant’s motion for strike plaintiff’s claim of reckless entrustment, holding that a claim for reckless entrustment of a modified vehicle cannot stand where the plaintiff’s sole claim is that the handicapped owner of…

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MOTOR VEHICLE TORTS: Connecticut General Assembly enacts legislation to allow for double or treble damages in an accident where the owner operates a motor vehicle while using a hand-held mobile device in violation of § 14-296aa

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted legislation amending CGS § 14-295, which allows for an award of double or treble damages for statutory recklessness where the owner of the vehicle drives deliberately or with reckless disregard in violation of one of…

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MOTOR VEHICLE TORTS: Superior Court grants summary judgment to defendant where evidence was overwhelming that plaintiff was driving while intoxicated and fell asleep at wheel

The plaintiff brought suit against defendant for injuries he sustained when he was driving late at night, hit a patch of black ice, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a truck owned by the defendant that was parked…

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MOTOR VEHICLE TORTS: Superior Court holds defendant insurer may not apportion third party in UIM claim where that party was not originally named as a tortfeasor

The plaintiffs brought an underinsured motorist claim against the plaintiff’s insurer after they were injured in an accident allegedly caused by the tortfeasor Harris.  The defendant insurer filed apportionment claims against a third party and his employer, alleging that the…

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