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No charges yet in head-on crash

A head-on crash resulted in two drivers being hospitalized at a Connecticut hospital on June 29. Police are still investigating the crash, but preliminary reports say that a 22-year-old woman traveling eastbound on Route 14A in Plainfield crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the westbound pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old local man around 1:50 a.m. The collision occurred near New Road.

Several agencies responded to the car accident, such as American Legion Ambulance, the Plainfield Police Department and the Plainfield Fire Department. The woman suffered various cuts and scrapes, and she was treated at Backus Hospital. The man also received treatment at Backus Hospital for cuts and an unspecified hand injury.

Head-on crashes are some of the most severe due to the speeds of the vehicles involved being combined. Such accidents often lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones, severe lacerations, and head and brain injuries, frequently leading to excessive medical expenses. Such accidents also often lead to traffic citations since they are usually caused by wrong-way drivers or those who cross into oncoming traffic.

When someone faces criminal charges or is cited for a head-on crash, it may be easier for anyone who suffered injuries in the crash to hold that driver accountable through a civil lawsuit. An official police report can be used to prove negligence, leading to a court award or an out-of-court settlement. The latter is more common and is usually negotiated with the at-fault driver's insurance provider. The insurance company might try to offer a minimal settlement, but an attorney could negotiate for a more reasonable sum.

Source: The Norwich Bulletin, "Two injured in Route 14A accident in Plainfield," Ryan Blessing, June 29, 2014

Source: NBC Connecticut , "Two Drivers Injured in Head-On Crash in Plainfield", Jessie Sawyer, June 29, 2014

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