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Wrong-way car accidents often result in serious injuries

The speeds on interstates and other Connecticut highways mean that nearly any accident will involve at least some injuries. The severity of the injuries increases as other factors such as speed and impairment are added. In some cases, one of the vehicles involved is heading in the wrong direction, which makes these car accidents extremely dangerous for those involved.

Law enforcement officials have not yet reported what factors led to a recent crash on Interstate 95. Shortly before 2:30 a.m on a recent Saturday morning, two vehicles collided near Exit 36 in the northbound lanes. According to reports, one of the vehicles involved had been traveling south on the wrong side of the interstate when the accident occurred.

When emergency personnel arrived, the engine of one of the vehicles was on fire. The fire was quickly put out, but that was not the only impediment to attending to the injuries of those involved. The drivers in both vehicles were trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed first. The first driver to be freed required emergency care for life-threatening injuries at the scene before being taken to an area hospital. The other driver was trapped for about 30 minutes and was then transported with unknown injuries.

The outcome of the investigation could yield important information regarding the factors involved in this crash that can be used in a personal injury claim filed by the northbound driver. Proving negligence to a Connecticut civil court could result in an award of damages similar to those seen in other car accidents. Any monetary restitution received could help with the financial losses incurred due to medical bills, lost income and other damages.

Source: CBS Connecticut, "Accident Injures 2 In Milford", April 16, 2016

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