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Winter Storm Makes for Dangerous Driving Conditions on Connecticut Roadways

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Winter Storm Makes for Dangerous Driving Conditions on Connecticut Roadways

A powerful winter storm that has moved across the country has left the mid-Atlantic region with a mix of snow, ice, freezing rain and sleet making the roads quite treacherous for driving and has resulted in many accidents unfortunately one of which has been fatal. The storm also forced a cancellation of thousands of flights across the country and slowed traffic on major roadways that involved a series of pileups. The snowstorm has left the area with dangerous Connecticut roadway conditions and commuters are encouraged to utilize extreme caution while operating their vehicles in an effort to reduce accidents and injuries. Driving conditions during the early morning commute for Monday were very slippery which have resulted in delayed start times for many of the area schools.

New Milford Man Arrested in Fatal Bicycle Accident Case

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

New Milford Man Arrested in Fatal Bicycle Accident Case

New Milford police arrested  Alexander Scott Lee, on Tuesday of this week, in connection with the October 20, 2013 accident that killed Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld.  Lee, 21, was arrested for evading responsibility for the fatal hit-and-run accident, making an improper left turn and tampering with evidence, New Milford police reported. It was reported that Lee was in the process of turning his car onto Route 302 from Old Hawleyville Road as the Steinert-Threlkeld was approaching on Route 302 from the other direction at which point in time the bicycle collided with the rear passenger side of the vehicle which threw the bicyclist to the ground. Moments later, a second vehicle turned onto Route 302 and struck Steinert-Threlkeld and pinned him underneath the car.  Lee was arrested at his job in Brookfield on Tuesday and is being held on $150,000 bond and will be arraigned in the Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday.

Extreme Speed Appears to be a Factor in the Metro North Train Crash

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Federal safety officials indicated on Monday that the Metro North commuter train involved in this weekend’s deadly Metro North train crash in the Bronx was traveling at the speed of 82 mph as it entered the 30-mph curve where it left the tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported this information based upon on preliminary data from the black boxes taken from the the locomotive locomotive and one of the other cars. The data gathered indicated that the engineer cut the throttle six seconds before the locomotive stopped. Additionally, the brakes  were not applied until five seconds before that time.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, the engineer, William Rockefeller, and the other members of the train crew were still being interviewed Monday afternoon, and  a determination as to the cause of the Metro North train crash has yet to be made.

Tragically, four people died in the early Sunday morning train crash on New York’s Metro-North commuter line,  in the Bronx approximately 10 miles north of Manhattan’s Grand Central Station.  Additionally, 67 more individuals were injured and of those 19 were still in the hospital as of Monday night, with three of those individuals remaining in in critical condition.

The train’s engineer advised NTSB investigators that he applied the brakes but that they did not function properly. Investigators however have reported no indication of any brake problems. The train’s recording data which reported the speed of 82 mph  is far  above the rated speed for the curve where the derailment occurred and is even faster than the 70 mph speed limit for the section that headed into the curve. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the trains data recorder “makes clear that, as we suspected, extreme speed was a central cause of this crash.”

The NTSB is continuing its investigation of the crash which has yet to determine the cause of this horrific accident.  It would however appear that the extreme speed at which the train was traveling just prior to its derailment is a major factor that is being investigated.

Attorney Hastings Instructs Lawyers Throughout the Country on How to Get Larger Settlement Offers from Insurance Carriers

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Richard P. Hastings, a personal injury attorney with the Connecticut-based firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, recently co-chaired a presentation to lawyers throughout the country entitled “Leveraging Colossus in Auto Accident Claim Recovery: Guidance for Counsel,” for Strafford Publications of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Hastings was invited to participate in this webinar because of his experience in understanding insurance adjuster software and helping to maximize settlement offers in personal injury claims. Attorney Hastings instructed lawyers on how to maximize settlement offers when dealing with insurance adjusters who are using Colossus or some other type of computer software program in evaluating accident and injury claims.

Attorney Hastings was joined by Dr. Matthew DeGaetano, Program Director and Founder of the Personal Injury Institute of Dallas, Texas and Don J. Cervone, Sr. former insurance company claims specialist. Mr. Hastings and Mr. Cervone co-authored Adjuster Secrets: Attorney and Adjuster Tips and Techniques that Guarantee Larger Settlements. Mr. Hastings has co-authored two other books which went to number one and on Amazon.com‘s best-selling list for the insurance category and number one on the international category respectively. He has also written 11 other books on topics involving accident and injury cases and he has also published hundreds of articles and videos on numerous topics involving accident and injury law.

Attorney Hastings has been named a New England Super Lawyer, a Connecticut Super Lawyer, he is rated AV by Martindale its highest rating and is a member of its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been named a top attorney and best lawyer by numerous publications and is rated Superb (10/10) by AVVO an online consumer lawyer rating service. He has also been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Hastings Cohan and Walsh, LLP has offices throughout the state of Connecticut and can be reached by calling a toll-free number at 888-842-8466 or by visiting their website at www.HCWLAW.com

Teen Driver Dies in Orange CT Accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

NBC Connecticut reported that a male 18-year-old from West Haven, CT has died after losing control of his motor vehicle and crashing into a pole in Orange, Connecticut.


The male driver was traveling with three female teenage passengers. The three teenage passengers were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment of serious injuries according to the police.


This Orange CT accident happened just before 4 PM on Friday, September 20, 2013. Orange CT police stated that the black Subaru sedan was traveling westbound on Indian River Rd. when the driver lost control and left the roadway.


Witnesses said they heard a screeching sound followed by a large crash.


Anyone with information about the crash and contact the Orange Police Department.

Plainfield Connecticut Police Investigate Serious Pedestrian Accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The Connecticut Post reports that the Plainfield, Connecticut police are continuing to investigate a pedestrian accident which left a pedestrian with serious injuries. According to police, 61-year-old Catherine Kerr was crossing the street near All Hollows church when she was hit by a pickup truck driven by 69-year-old James Gudeahn of Moosup, CT. Police say that the pedestrian was leaving church and was walking back to her car at the time she was struck by the pickup truck.


As a result of this pedestrian accident, police say that Kerr was transported to Backus Hospital with serious injuries and was then flown to Hartford Hospital. Anyone with information about the accident is encouraged to contact the Plainfield, Connecticut Police Department.


Enfield Connecticut Motorcycle Crash Leaves One Seriously Injured

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

NBC Connecticut reports that Route 5 was closed Sunday in Enfield, Connecticut following a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV. The motorcyclist in this Enfield Connecticut motorcycle crash was transported to the hospital after being hit by an SUV Sunday night. WFSB reported late Sunday that a female driver was charged with driving under the influence in the accident and that the motorcyclist was reported in serious condition. Further, the driver of the SUV was not injured and police are continuing to investigate the crash. Anyone with information about the accident is encouraged to contact the Enfield Police Department.

Connecticut School Bus Driver Charged with DUI

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The Connecticut Post reported that a Connecticut school bus driver in Manchester has been charged with driving under the influence after she was involved in an accident.  Melissa Forrest , 36, of Andover failed a field sobriety test after the bus she was driving rear ended a wheelchair accessible van which was stopped at a red light on Main Street. The accident occurred on September 17, 2013 and no one was reported injured in either vehicle.


Forrest was driving five students from Bolton back from a vocational agricultural program at Rockville High School at the time of the accident. She was released on bond after being charged with both driving under the influence and following too closely.

Norwalk Oyster Fest Swing Ride Injures at Least a Dozen Children, Some Seriously!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A swing ride at the Norwalk Oyster Fest in Norwalk, CT has injured at least a dozen children, some seriously.  As a practicing Connecticut personal injury lawyer, while attending the Oyster Festival in Norwalk the night before, I could not help but think about the prospect for someone getting seriously injured on one of the rides. These rides are often erected in circumstances that are less than ideal in a very short period of time. I could not help but wonder what type of maintenance and repair work was done on these machines on a regular basis that would reduce the risk of injury to children.

Amusement park rides, carnival rides and transient fairs provide an opportunity for injuries to children and adults due to the nature of how the rides are maintained, constructed, erected transported, maintained or repaired. These rides are sometimes taken down and disassembled in the rain and mud. The rides need to be taken apart, packed, transported and erected in a short period of time, on a regular basis, in a variety of different climates, temperatures and weather conditions. The workforce that performs these tasks does not appear to exhibit the same level of professionalism as you might find in a facility that is stationary, is indoors, is well lit and has the needed tools, repair items, replacement parts, materials and technical know-how necessary to make regular maintenance and repairs.

If you, or a loved one, has been seriously injured in some type of a accident involving a ride, fair, carnival, or other type of transient event, you will need the advice of experienced CT personal injury lawyer to assist you with your Connecticut accident case. Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut accident and injury law book. You can also call and speak with one of our Connecticut accident attorneys and injury lawyers. Please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466. You can also schedule a free, in office consultation so that we can review the facts of you case with you and advise you as to what you should be doing.  If your injuries prevent you from traveling, we will be happy to meet with you at some convenient location which you designate.

We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis which means that you do not owe us any legal fees unless we recover money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the cost to properly develop your case and if there is no recovery will owe us no cost. We take all the financial risk so you can concentrate on getting better. Do not delay and wait to you made a mistake in handling your own Connecticut accident or injury case. Do not delay, get this very valuable information today.


Update: CT Train Accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The Bridgeport, CT train accident has injured a significant number of people that have been treated at area hospitals. We were contacted this week by at least one individual that was on the train heading from Grand Central terminal to New Haven and another individual who was on the train coming from New Haven headed to Grand Central terminal. There appears to be a lot of conflicting information about exactly what happened at this juncture.

The individual who was on the New Haven train headed to Grand Central terminal indicated that the other train had already derailed and that people were getting off of that train while her train was still in motion. She indicated that the conductor of her train was evidently unable to stop in time and at which point her train crashed into the other train. The individual who was on the Grand Central to New Haven train indicated that she felt a very violent initial impact, which was then followed by a subsequent impact.
There are conflicting reports as to exactly what happened in this CT Train Accident and we are still in the early investigative stages of this CT Train accident case. We would appreciate hearing from any witnesses or passengers who were ivolved in the CT train accident so we can get a better idea as to what happened. The official investigation will probably take a significant amount of time so we would appreciate obtaining as much information as possible to determine what happened in advance of this official report.
We can be contacted either by email which can be found at www.HCWLAW.com or by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466. We appreciate whatever assistance you might be able to provide to us and we hope for the speedy recovery of all of those who were injured in this CT Train Accident.