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Weather plays a part in more than just car accidents

Weather not only causes car accidents, but it is a factor in crashes involving several other types of vehicles each year as well. The drivers of trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles must also adjust their driving for the prevailing road and weather conditions. Otherwise, bus, truck and car accidents could end up causing serious or fatal injuries here in Connecticut and elsewhere.

For example, 55 people were being transported in a commercial bus on Interstate 95 north recently. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the driver attempted to move from the left lane of the highway to the right lane, and he lost control of the bus -- presumably due to the slippery roadway. The bus hit a guardrail near exit 61 and then flipped onto its side.

Once emergency personnel arrived, the bus was stabilized before its occupants were taken off the bus. Reports indicate that 30 people were able to walk off the bus, but another 24 had to be taken to area hospitals. At last report, four people remained hospitalized in critical -- but not grave -- condition. The accident remains under investigation, and a Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team is assisting local officials in determining the cause of the crash.

The passengers who suffered serious injuries are most likely incurring significant medical expenses along with lost wages and other economic damages. Each of the injured passengers retains the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver and his employer. If negligence is established through appropriate evidence, an award of damages could be made to help with the financial losses that accompany bus, truck and car accidents.

Source: fox61.com, "Four remain in critical condition after charter bus headed to Mohegan Sun casino crashes", Feb. 9, 2016

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