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Accident on Connecticut highway injures state trooper

A vehicle struck an on-duty trooper's cruiser in Middletown on September 5, and two people were injured in the collision. The Connecticut State Police trooper did not suffer serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and faced potential charges pending the accident investigation.

The two-vehicle accident occurred on Route 9 around 10:30 a.m. as a 42-year-old North Haven man traveled north on the highway. The trooper was parked in the left lane near the Exit 10 off-ramp that was closed due to construction, and his cruiser's emergency lights were on according to police. The North Haven driver reportedly drove into the closed left lane and struck with the trooper's vehicle. Police said that both vehicles were heavily damaged.

The trooper was transported to Middlesex Hospital with head and neck injuries, and was released on the day of the crash. Authorities reported that the driver was determined to have been at-fault for the accident.

In incidents like this, a driver may have swerved into another lane due to having been distracted by something else. A driver who is texting, talking on a cell phone or eating while driving increases his or her likelihood of being involved in an accident.

People who have been hurt in car accidents can seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits when they believe those incidents were caused by the negligence of another party. A person may be found liable through such litigation for any accident when he or she acts irresponsibly and causes someone's injuries, and one could still recover expenses lost due to property damage or a visit to the doctor.

Source: WFSB, "Trooper injured in crash on Route 9 in Middletown", Joseph Wenzel IV, September 05, 2014

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