Truck’s Sudden Stop on Highway Kills Lexus Driver

A Lexus driver died in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer in Connecticut on November 2 when the truck driver suddenly stopped on the Merritt Parkway. 

The deadly rear-end truck crash happened at 6 AM at exit 31 of the Parkway, according to the state police. They noted that the truck driver was going north on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut when he stopped suddenly just before an overpass. It is against the law for large trucks to drive on the Parkway due to several low bridges.

The truck driver tried to move from the right to left lane to clear a low overpass. that was when the 1997 Lexus sedan behind slammed into the back of the trailer. The Lexus driver was taken to the hospital but died later.

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Our personal injury attorneys in Virginia regret that a man lost his life because a truck driver suddenly stopped on a highway he should not have been on. It is not unusual for tractor trailers to run into bridges and overpasses; sometimes those accidents can be deadly for innocent people. 

Connecticut state law states that large trucks are not allowed on Merrit Parkway due to the presence of low bridges and overpasses.   

Unfortunately, this tractor trailer driver either did not know of this law or chose to ignore it. It would appear that the result is that an innocent driver died. It is unreasonable for a tractor trailer to suddenly stop for no reason in the middle of a highway. As a tractor trailer driver with a commercial driver’s license, it is the responsibility of the trucker to know the laws of the states and cities in which they are driving.

In this type of fatal truck accident, is is possible that the truck driver and the trucking company could be found negligent in a wrongful death lawsuit. While the car driver did rear end the truck, the fact is that the trucker was breaking the law by being on the highway to begin with. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, it is possible that a wrongful death lawsuit could be successful in this truck accident tragedy.

Many people who die in truck accidents leave behind family and children, and the funds from a large wrongful death lawsuit settlement or verdict can help the family to survive financially.