On Dec. 27 on the northbound side of Interstate 91 in Hartford, a state trooper was making a routine traffic stop in the right side breakdown lane. A 31-year-old driver from Enfield was traveling in the center lane and trying to make an evasive move to avoid police activity when a 35-year-old Bridgeport woman driving a Nissan Altima sideswiped his driver’s side door. Traffic had slowed down ahead of her and she allegedly swerved to avoid a rear-end collision, according to state police.
After hitting his door, she allegedly jerked her steering wheel to the left then too far to the right, causing her to crash into a Honda traveling in the right-hand lane. The impact caused the Honda, which was driven by a 25-year-old man from Agawam, Massachusetts, to spin out. He was then T-boned by a Chevrolet Cobalt, according to police. The Nissan kept sliding, traversing three traffic lanes and striking the trooper’s cruiser.
Any injuries to the drivers involved were considered minor. However, the trooper required transportation to a local hospital. His injuries were not life threatening, according to state police. The crash is still under investigation, but the Nissan driver was found to be at fault by state police, and she was cited for failure to move over when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle and traveling too fast.
When individuals suffer injuries in car accidents, they could be entitled to compensation from another driver’s insurance carrier. Often, medical bills, loss of work, and pain and suffering could follow an accident. A personal injury attorney could help to examine the facts in the case and advise the victims on how to proceed. If the injured party was on the job when the accident occurred, an attorney could help with filing a workers’ comp claim.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “State Trooper Injured in Five-Car I-91 Crash“, Jessie Sawyer, December 27, 2014