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Smaller commercial trucks also create a risk

A great deal of attention is often given to the dangers of semi-truck accidents across the country. Large truck accidents are often catastrophic, due to the size and speed of 18-wheelers in relation to smaller vehicle traffic. In contrast, people might not consider the potential dangers of smaller trucks. In 2015, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were eight fatalities in Connecticut involving large trucks. That same year, 27 people in Connecticut lost their lives in accidents involving light utility trucks.

Authorities reported that last August in New Haven, a box truck that was driving behind a Fed-Ex truck on Interstate 91 struck two vehicles in the adjacent lane before rear-ending the Fed-Ex truck. Overall, the accident involved five vehicles. The driver of the box truck died at the scene, and two others were injured. It was unclear if it was fatigue or another common truck accident factor that caused the box truck driver to lose control of his vehicle.

Fatigue is often a factor in truck accidents. Light truck drivers are no exception, as they may work long hours or during times when most people would be asleep. Other common truck accident factors include distraction, intoxicated driving, mechanical issues and weather conditions. These issues can affect commercial vehicles of all sizes, including construction trucks, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles and utility vans. Motorists who were injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or truck company may have the right to pursue compensation for their medical expenses.

Source: ctpost, "I-91 truck driver killed in 5-vehicle crash," Jim Shay, Aug. 25, 2016

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