On Jan. 15, a woman was seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident involving a box truck in Connecticut. The crash occurred at around 10:30 a.m. in Winchester.
According to the Winchester Police Department, the driver of the box truck, a 48-year-old Ansonia man, was traveling east on Norfolk Road when he suddenly veered off the road to the right, striking and severing a utility pole. The truck then continued down the shoulder of the road and flipped onto its left side. Following the collision, the driver and two passengers, ages 24 and 25, had to be cut from the vehicle by rescue crews.
The female passenger suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Winsted Health Center for emergency treatment. She was eventually flown to Hartford Hospital by a Life Star helicopter. The male passenger was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for observation. The driver was not hurt in the crash. Authorities say that all three truck occupants were wearing seat belts. The truck sustained substantial damage and needed to be towed from the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
Single-vehicle truck crashes can be caused by a number of factors, including distracted driving, reckless driving and impaired driving. If police determine that a driver's negligent actions caused a crash, he or she could be found legally liable for any injuries that occurred as a result of the accident. For example, with the help of an attorney, an injured victim could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in civil court. As a result of this action, the victim could be awarded compensation for crash-related losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage.