More than a year ago, the world reacted in horror to the news of comedian Tracy Morgan’s serious injuries, and his friend James McNair’s tragic death, after a truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Truck accidents continue to be a problem in Connecticut as well as the rest of the country. Mr. Morgan’s experience serves as a sobering example of the ongoing medical problems that a person can face after being injured in a truck crash.
State police say that a woman was killed and another was seriously injured in a deadly accident in New Haven. The crash, involving a passenger car and two tractor-trailer trucks, happened on Interstate 95 at about 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 27. The southbound lanes were closed during the morning rush hour as a result.
Crashes involving commercial-sized vehicles continue to happen across the country, including on Connecticut highways, despite efforts to prevent them. Sadly, truck accidents can cause serious injuries or even death, due to the size and weight of the vehicles, which is why there are specific laws in place for drivers of these vehicles.
In a move designed to protect the public from accidents involving the trucking industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is emphasizing the importance of hours of service enforcement. A recent oversight hearing brought vehement opposition from lawmakers who seem focused on the economic wellbeing of the owners of trucking companies.
As with every holiday season, drunk driving is a serious concern in Connecticut. Unfortunately, DUI accidents cause injuries and deaths throughout the country during the holidays, and the Connecticut State Police are encouraging motorists to be responsible if they choose to drink.
Four major accidents involving buses and trucks have caught the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board, which recently called for a probe of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The job of the administration is to conduct safety inspections of buses and trucks, and to monitor and regulate trucking and busing companies and their drivers.