Driver Injured in Box Truck Accident on Route 7 in New Milford, CT
New Milford, CT -- October 20, 2021, one person sustained injuries as the result of an accident where a box truck and a van collided on Route 7.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:50 a.m. in the area of 295 Route 7/Danbury Road.
In their reports, investigators said that a box truck was going along the road when it went onto the northbound shoulder. Somehow, the truck suddenly lost control, went back into the lane of travel, and hit a utility van. This sent the van into oncoming traffic where it then crash with a pickup and a minivan.
One person in the minivan went to a hospital with what were said to be minor injuries. The truck driver received a citation for failure to drive in proper lane. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Box Truck Accident in New Milford
It's pretty surprising to see only minor injuries here, and I sincerely hope that's true. An unfortunate skepticism that 30 years litigating commercial vehicle wrecks gives you is understanding that minor injuries aren't always so minor.
I had one case not long ago, for example, where a man went to a hospital with just a sore back. They sent him home with little more instruction than to take some ibuprofen and use a heating pad. Days later, however, he could barely move due to the excruciating pain. Further tests revealed that the crash ruptured a disk in the man's spine. What initially seemed to be minor injuries became a months-long battle to get the man the surgery he needed and for the insurance company to do right by him. We did so, but it was an ordeal no one should have to go through alone. So while I do hope no one here has to go through such turmoil, it's one of many examples that taught me how important it is for folks to prepare themselves as soon as possible.