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I-84 accident leaves 4 critically injured

The Connecticut State Police reported that the driver of a Pontiac Sunfire had crashed on Interstate 84 near exit 68 around 8:40 a.m. on July 10. The accident, which remained under investigation as of the that night, caused four people to suffer critical injuries.

The driver lost control for a reason that investigators had not yet discovered, causing the car to go through a guardrail and roll into the woods via an embankment off the interstate. Authorities reported that three of the four occupants of the car, all of whom are residents of Massachusetts, were ejected in the crash.

Two victims were transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital and another was airlifted there. A fourth victim, a 16-year-old boy, was airlifted to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. The adults at Hartford were reportedly upgraded to fair condition that night, but the children's hospital had not yet provided additional information regarding the teenager's condition.

Similar cases to this one could lead to varying findings that could greatly affect who might be held liable in a civil action. For instance, witnesses could corroborate possible evidence that a driver lost control because another unknown driver made an illegal maneuver and failed to stay at the scene. If so, victims would have to wait until a suspect in the hit and run was identified and captured and hope that such an arrest took place within Connecticut's statute of limitations for legal action.

A car accident could also occur because of a defective part in a vehicle. If the part was a piece of factory equipment that was not yet subject to a recall, victims could file a product liability suit against the manufacturer of the part. A functional part that was improperly installed by a mechanic might lead to a lawsuit against a body shop.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "4 Injured in I-84 Crash in Tolland", July 10, 2014

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