• August 22, 2022

Three Injured in Truck Accident on Interstate 84 in Vernon, CT

Vernon, CT — August 22, 2022, a firefighter and two truck drivers were hospitalized after two 18-wheelers collided on I-84 in Vernon.

Reports say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. along I-84 East between exits 64 and 66. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear yet, but two tractor-trailers reportedly crashed along the highway and one driver was trapped.

After being freed the driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The other truck driver was also taken to a hospital for unknown injuries. A firefighter that worked to free the trapped driver was treated for heat exhaustion and is expected to recover.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-84 in Vernon

Crashes between commercial trucks often turn into a long and high-stakes round of "hot potato" between the trucking companies as each tries to blame the other. Most won't accept fault without a fight, so while they bicker back and forth about who's responsible the people hurt by the crash may be stuck in limbo waiting for help.

I'm not taking sides or saying I know more than what early news reports can tell about what happened. I'm just explaining that virtually no crash--but especially one involving commercial trucks--is really simple. That may sound cynical, but it comes from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families whose lives were affected by wrecks like this. When it's time to hold someone accountable any notion of teamster brotherhood goes out the window, at least as far as the companies and their lawyers are concerned.

Three Injured in Truck Accident on Interstate 84 in Vernon, CT

Furthermore, many victims believe their only recourse is through workers' compensation after these accidents so they don't take any action to gather evidence. They may get some help from that program, but on principle the parties responsible for their damages should help them get back on their feet. Holding them accountable requires abundant clear proof, though, so taking the right steps after an accident is vital.

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