injured worker, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhen you are injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party. Similarly, when you are injured on the job, you are typically able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, though the available benefits are usually quite different. What happens, however, when the two scenarios are combined, and you are injured in a car accident in the course of your employment? The answer, as you might expect, depends heavily on the exact circumstances of your situation.

This dangerous combination, along with a few other important legal elements, seriously injured a maintenance worker at Mitchell College in 2012. The case was complex enough to require several attempts at mediation before a settlement was finally reached, netting the injured worker $735,000 in damages, just before a trial was scheduled to begin this month.

Unfortunate Events

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pickup truck, Hartford personal injury attorneyPickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, crossovers, and minivans comprise a segment of the automobile market known as light trucks which are currently even more popular among new vehicle buyers than cars in the United States. Despite a frequent trade-off in gas mileage compared to cars, consumers continue to choose light trucks for many reasons, including their size, versatility, and visual appeal. Of course, a large number of buyers look at larger vehicles for themselves and their families because trucks generally offer a stronger sense of safety and security to drivers and passengers, especially when involved in an accident. This week, however, crash tests suggest that a well-known and very popular pickup truck did not perform as well as manufacturers may have hoped, raising serious concerns within the automotive industry.

Crash Test Research

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, which conducts extensive research into motor vehicle crashes and looks for ways to increase roadway safety. The organization is funded by auto insurance companies and has become a trusted source for safety ratings by automakers and consumers alike, as being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick is a coveted honor for new vehicles.

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event data recorder, Connecticut personal injury lawyerIn the past, personal injury trials arising from car accidents involved a judge or jury trying to determine fault and responsibility by sifting through conflicting testimony from the drivers and any expert witnesses they hired to support their claims. On occasion, a witness to the accident, debris and skid marks, or other objective evidence was available to provide some support to one driver’s version of events or the other. But where objective evidence was nonexistent, a verdict depended mostly on which driver’s story seemed more credible.

Many cars are now equipped with EDR devices, or event data recorders. Some refer to these devices as “black boxes” for cars, as they take and record several different measurements in the moments before a crash. Specialists with the education and knowledge to read and interpret this data (sometimes referred to as reconstructionists) can then provide information regarding a car’s speed, movements, and activities – literally recreating the moments leading up to the crash. This data can provide much needed certainty and clarity regarding causation and any comparative fault in auto injury cases.

What Information is Contained in a Car’s EDR?

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