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hit-and-run, Connecticut personal injury attorneyAny hit-and-run accident can be devastating. When a driver who causes a crash flees the scene, it can be particularly difficult to find them so that they can be held accountable for their actions. Sometimes, however, finding the driver is only part of the story, as there may be other parties who contributed to causing the accident, possibly including officers of the law. In fact, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently took up a case in which an injured victim claims that a municipal police officer failed in his duties, which subsequently allowed a serious hit-and-run accident to occur.

A Complicated Story

As with most cases that reach the Supreme Court, the case in question involves a complex chain of events, beginning with a domestic disturbance call in November 2006. According to court documents, an East Haven police officer responded to the call at an East Haven McDonald’s where a couple was arguing inside a work van. The license plates on the van were registered to a different vehicle, and the officer could not confirm a valid driver’s license for either of the van’s occupants. After settling the couple down, the officer took the driver home and instructed him to leave the van at the McDonald’s.

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slip and fall, Hartford premises liability lawyerWhen you enter into or onto another person’s property, the owner of the property is responsible for making sure that you are safe. This does not mean that the property owner is necessarily tasked with protecting you from yourself, but it does mean that the premises must be kept free of hazards that could lead to a slip and fall or a trip and fall. If the owner fails to keep the property safe and you are injured as a result, you may be able to collect compensation under the principles of premises liability.

Recovering damages after a slip and fall injury will require you—with the help your attorney—to prove four basic elements:

A Duty of Care

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EDR, Hartford personal injury attorneyYour car is an amazing machine. The modern passenger vehicle is the product of years of technological innovation and advanced research in aerodynamics, materials science, and computers. In the last decade or so, the automotive industry has borrowed heavily from the air travel sector as it continues its quest for driver and passenger safety. That is why almost every new car sold in the United States today is equipped with an event data recorder, or EDR, meaning that it is now possible for investigators to find out what was happening with the vehicle at a particular moment in time, including in the seconds leading up to a serious car accident.

Recording Important Information

In your vehicle, there are dozens—if not hundreds—of sensors and computers that are constantly measuring various functions and elements of the car’s performance. Some analyze fuel consumption, engine temperature, oil pressure, and speed, of course, but others also keep track of anti-lock brake performance, cruise control, and the status of your car’s airbags. The EDR compiles all of the data from each of the sensors and system storing it for future use, should it ever be needed.

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accident reconstructionist, truck accident, Connecticut personal injury attorneyThe ensuing chaos after any motor vehicle accident can lead to a great deal of missed or lost information. Addressing injuries and clearing the roadways sometimes take precedence over definitively establishing what happened and the factors that may have contributed to the accident. This can be especially true when the accident involves large trucks or semitrailers.

The loss of information at the scene can present a number of challenges for you if you have been hurt in an accident, but fortunately, help may be available from a qualified personal injury attorney. In some cases, your attorney may employ the services of an accident reconstructionist to help determine what caused your injuries and the parties that should be held liable.

Truck Accidents are Different

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