A recent event on a state roadway forced an evacuation of the area. The negligent truck driver was cited for his role in the accident. The Connecticut state road was briefly closed as authorities managed the aftermath of the event.
The man was driving a fully loaded propane truck when it left the roadway and struck a residential structure on Monday, Dec. 18. The incident occurred on Route 42 in Bethany. At approximately 3:45 p.m., the truck overturned and struck a house when the driver failed to negotiate a turn in the road, hit the guardrail, traveled for 80 feet along the rail and came to rest against the house.
The propane truck was carrying 2,800 pounds of fuel. Residents were evacuated from the area as specialty crews safely unloaded the explosive cargo. After several hours of work by the local fire departments and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the road was reopened. The driver reported minor injuries, but he allegedly refused treatment.
The driver was cited for failure to drive in the proper lane and was given a ticket. Surely the family that was inconvenienced by the actions of the negligent truck driver is wondering what can be done to recover their damages due to the heavy vehicle striking the house. In Connecticut, individuals have the ability to seek awards for damages caused by a negligent driver. Many individuals choose to hire an attorney for an evaluation of the case and for legal guidance in bringing the case to court.
Source: Connecticut Post, "Fully-loaded propane truck overturns; Monroe driver cited", Jim Shay, Dec. 19, 2017