The Connecticut State Patrol has reported that a multi-vehicle accident in Old Lyme has taken the life of a New Haven woman. The 58-year-old was reportedly a passenger in a disabled vehicle on Interstate 95 when the car was hit by a box truck.
The events that led up to the fatal collision were still under investigation at the time of a report in the New Haven Register, though police have confirmed that the crash involved two other vehicles.
The 34-year-old woman in the driver's seat of the disabled car was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and the driver of the box truck was taken to a local clinic. Those individuals were reportedly released, and the other two drivers were said to have come away from the series of collisions unharmed.
Proving liability in multi-vehicle accidents can be a complicated matter, and insurance companies and at-fault drivers are notorious for trying to reduce payouts to victims and deny responsibility. With that in mind, car-accident victims or their families should be aware of their options for investigating beyond the initial police report.
An accident involving a licensed truck driver may also call for further scrutiny regarding the driver's adherence to established safety standards. If a truck driver's negligence caused an injury or death, then a truck injury lawsuit may be the surest way for victims or their families to receive financial relief after a devastating crash.
Such relief may come in the form of compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Source: New Haven Register, "New Haven woman killed in I-95 crash in Old Lyme," Jan. 6, 2014