Construction zones on interstate freeways are common driving hazards to people who travel the interstate system. They are also hazards to those who work in them. The Connecticut State Police recently released a report of an accident that involved a collision between two trucks in a freeway construction zone. The report did not draw any conclusions about who may have been at fault, even though one of the two drivers died in the collision.
The accident occurred on Feb. 27, 2020 in the westbound lanes of I-84. A state-owned dump truck was parked in the left hand shoulder in a clearly marked construction zone. A semi-tractor trailer heading west hit the truck from behind. The collision caused both trucks to hit a metal guardrail in the median strip. According to police, the semi jackknifed. Its driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the state truck was judged to have only minor injuries and was treated at Hartford Hospital.
Many questions must still be answered. What was the speed of the semi just before the collision? How far was the state truck from the left-most lane of travel? Did the state truck have the necessary warning signs displayed, such as triangles on the road and flashing lights? Another state truck was parked in the construction zone and could have played a role in the accident. Was the driver of the semi impaired by either drugs or alcohol? Did the semi have any mechanical flaws, such as defective brakes?
Answering these questions could take several weeks or longer. Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in such an accident knows the importance of a thorough investigation and the importance of having an experienced auto accident attorney to help evaluate the evidence. A knowledgeable attorney can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering workers’ compensation benefits and damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.