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Some box truck accidents are caused by untrained drivers

Nearly anyone with a driver's license can rent a box truck from companies such as U-Haul, Budget and Penske. They are rented for a variety of reasons and can be a budget friendly way for Connecticut residents to transport items. However, drivers are not required to have any training in order to operate these trucks. This is most likely the primary reason why a number of box truck accidents occur.

Police were recently dispatched to the scene of an accident in which a woman was struck by a box truck. Preliminary reports indicate that a 44-year-old man driving a Penske truck was backing up when the incident occurred. The impact caused serious injuries to the victim.

Emergency medical personnel on the scene felt that the 54-year-old victim's injuries warranted calling in Life Star to transport her to Hartford Hospital. The nature of her injuries was not reported, but her condition was last listed as critical. As she clings to life, the investigation into the accident continues. The Middletown Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them. It is too early to know whether any charges will be filed.

If the victim survives her injuries, she could be looking at a significant recovery time and could suffer permanent damage. Until the crisis passes, monetary issues may not be a primary concern, but the financial losses could be significant. As is the case in similar truck accidents, she is entitled to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the truck and any other parties deemed responsible for her injuries. If she prevails in establishing negligence on the part of the driver, she may be awarded damages by a Connecticut court that could help with the financial burdens this accident has caused -- and will continue to cause.

Source: wfsb.com, "Woman in critical condition after being hit by box truck", Rob Polansky and Kaitlyn Naples, June 29, 2015

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