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How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Driving accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. What if parents could be provided with a tool that could help to cut down on the number of accidents that occur – would it be used? Parent teen driving agreements are a proven way to review what is expected of your teen driver in the operation of your motor vehicle which will help to reduce the risk of your teen driver being involved in a car crash. A properly drafted agreement will spell out the safety risks, what is expected of your team in driving your motor vehicle, and what will happen if the team violates his or her obligation. So where can you get such an agreement?

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and CT accident attorneys have drafted a parent teen driver agreement which can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. This teen driving agreement will allow you to sit down and have a thorough discussion with your new teen driver about the rules of the road, what you expect of them in operating your motor vehicle, and most importantly what will happen if they violate any of these rules of the road. It is important that your teen understand how important a responsibility it is in operating a motor vehicle and how your car could turn into a dangerous projectile that could end the life of anyone in an instant.

Medical research has shown us that teen driving is especially dangerous because the human brain does not fully develop until the age of approximately 25 years. This fact will reduce a teens ability to accurately assess risk and danger or control impulsive behavior. Additionally, teen driver training will not overcome this condition. Parents should also note that just because their teen has passed a driver training course and has obtained a motor vehicle drivers license this does not mean that the teen is a safe driver. It is merely a starting point for you to be actively involved in this important learning process.

Parents must impress upon their teen the fact that failure to follow driving laws which would include speeding, reckless driving, alcohol or drug use while operating a vehicle, not using seat belts, becoming distracted while driving, illegally transporting passengers, or violating any other laws could cause injury, death, damage to property and can result in criminal and civil penalties. As part of the teen driving agreements the parent must understand that they will take an active role in this process and will promise to be a good role model to their driving teen. It is important that the parent obey all traffic laws, wear their seatbelt, never drink and drive, and not engage in distracted driving.

By utilizing this very simple educational tool, parents can help to reduce the risk of their child being involved in a serious accident which could either cause injury or death to their child or to another. This is too important an issue to leave unresolved and not discussed. By reviewing this agreement with your new teen driver, all of the important terms and conditions of this very serious undertaking should be understood by the new teen driver. Additionally, your new teen driver will understand all of the penalties for violating any of the rules or regulations of the road which you as a parent must strictly enforce.

To the extent that your teen driver has been injured to the fault of another, or if anyone in your family or any of your friends, have been injured in a a motor vehicle accident, it is very important that you get the advice of a highly experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer or CT accident attorney at the earliest possible moment. You can also download free books, watch videos, or read a number of articles by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers to get your questions answered right away or to schedule a free in office consultation.

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Richard P. Hastings, a CT personal injury lawyer with the offices of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, was recently asked to testify at the Connecticut General Assembly, Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, as an expert in uninsured and underinsured motorist law.

He was asked to testify as to raised Bill # 5364, An Act Requiring Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage to be Optional and Concerning Underinsured Motorist Conversion Coverage. The stated purpose of the bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than compulsory and to require insurers that write automobile liability insurance in the state to provide UIM conversion coverage to uninsured’s at no cost if such insurer failed to offer, or disclose the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from insured who declines such coverage.

Attorney Hastings testified in opposition to the provision that would make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory. Attorney Hastings indicated that this act could potentially benefit insurance companies while creating dire economic consequences for people who were injured in accidents by people who either have no insurance or insignificant limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party
for their damages. Attorney Hastings went on to report that according to a recent Insurance Research Council study, almost 10% of people that operate motor vehicles in Connecticut do not have any insurance at all.

Attorney Hastings then testified in support of the provision that would require insurance companies to provide UIM conversion coverage to an insured, at no cost, if the insurance company did not comply with the requirements of our underinsured motorist conversion coverage statute which is located at 38a-336a. Currently this statute requires insurance companies to provide a description of coverage, the premium cost and the availability of such coverage which is to be provided to the insured in a conspicuous manner on the informed consent form specified in Connecticut General Statutes section 38a-336. Further, the insured would have to sign the aforesaid form to the extent that conversion coverage was not elected. The current statute does not provide for a penalty for the insurance company’s failure to comply.

Attorney Hastings further testified that it was important that the committee understand the importance of protecting its citizens from negligent drivers who either do not have any insurance or do not have enough insurance to properly compensate the injured party for their damages. It was also important that the General Assembly enact legislation which provides a penalty for a requirement of the statute were currently one does not exist.

Attorney Hastings has written 14 books, including a book on Connecticut insurance law, his firm has produced over 150 educational videos on a variety of accident and injury topics, he was a syndicated legal columnist, he is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune, he is a New England Super Lawyer, he is AV rated by Martindale, its highest rating, and is listed in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and he has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers.

Attorney Hastings can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com.

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Attorney Richard Hastings of the law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP recently testified before the Connecticut General Assembly’s insurance and real estate committee regarding raised Bill number 5364. The bill, entitled ”an act requiring uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to be optional and concerning UIM conversion coverage.” Mr. Hastings was asked to testify before this committee as a result of his experience in the areas of uninsured and underinsured motorist law in Connecticut.

The purpose of the proposed bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory and to require that insurance companies that write motor vehicle liability insurance policies in Connecticut provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to uninsured at no cost if the insurance company fails to offer, or disclosed of the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from an insured who declines such coverage. The testimony was given at the legislative office building in Hartford.

Attorney Hastings indicated that CT currently requires that any motor vehicle liability insurance policy must include uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage. The purpose behind this mandatory coverage is to protect those who purchased insurance coverage in the event they are injured by negligent driver who either has no insurance coverage whatsoever or does not have sufficient limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party. Attorney Hastings advised the committee that a recent insurance Institute study indicated that 9.5% of all drivers on Connecticut roadways do not have any insurance coverage at all and to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory would be incredibly bad idea as it could have a very negative effect upon an injured party’s ability to obtain timely medical care and treatment and provide for the repayment of any liens that result from this care and treatment.

Attorney Hastings also testified in favor of the amendment which would require that insurance companies provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to an insured pursuant to Connecticut Gen. statute 38a – 336a which requires an insurance company to obtain a written consent form signed by the insured if that party does not wish to have underinsured motorist conversion coverage. Currently there is no penalty in the statute for an insurance company’s noncompliance with this requirement.

Mr. Hastings has recently completed a book on Connecticut insurance law. Additionally, Attorney Hastings has written 14 other books, he was a syndicated legal columnist, has helped to produce over 150 educational
videos on accident and injury law in Connecticut and is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune. He is a New England Super Lawyer, is AV rated by Martindale, and has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in
Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers. He can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com

Connecticut Injury Lawyer Gives Tips on Driving on Icy Roads

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut residents will soon be inundated with cold and snowy weather resulting in poor driving conditions, many times, as a result of snow and ice. In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur on CT roadways, is best to follow some simple advice while operating a motor vehicle on roads that contain slippery surfaces. Certainly, the best advice for driving in bad weather is to stay off the roads, if at all possible. If the roads are especially slippery, it is very important that you have a vehicle that has four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive as most rear wheel drive or front-wheel-drive cars have a great deal of difficulty in getting up even slight inclines which create all kinds of potentially problematic situations which can result in accidents and injuries to others.

 

If it is imperative that you drive your car on icy roadways, then you should make sure your car is properly prepared and that you understand how to operate a vehicle on slippery roadways. It is very helpful to practice winter driving techniques in open parking lots so that you can familiarize yourself with how a car operates in conditions such as these without having to worry about hitting other vehicles. This technique is especially important for newer drivers who have never operated a motor vehicle on snowy or icy roadways and will be completely unfamiliar with how to handle these new and potentially dangerous driving situations. There are a number of other tips and suggestions which should be utilized when driving in slippery conditions.

 

First and foremost, you should leave yourself plenty of additional time so that you are not rushed or operate your vehicle at a speed whereby you cannot control the car. You should also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and vehicles around you so that you have enough room to stop or avoid hitting or coming into contact with other vehicles. You should break gently to avoid skidding and when you feel your wheels start to lock up, if you do not have antilock brakes, it is best to ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are on to increase your visibility to other motorists and use low gears to keep traction, especially while operating on hills. You should not use cruise control while driving on icy roadways and be especially careful when driving over bridges, overpasses, infrequently traveled roads and roads that are in the shade for a good part of the day because they will be more slippery than other sections of roadway. You should also make sure that all of the snow and ice is cleared from your vehicle before operating it so that you do not create a hazard for other drivers on the roadway and so that you can properly see outside of your vehicle.

 

It is important to utilize common sense when operating a car or other motor vehicle on slippery roadways. You should completely eliminate distractions while operating a vehicle in potentially hazardous conditions which would include turning off the radio, not using your cell phone, not texting other individuals, and not having any family pets in the car who might otherwise distract you or become a deadly missile if you are hit by another vehicle. If you utilize these important safety tips and rules, then you can potentially decrease your exposure to being involved in a serious accident. If you have been involved in an accident, caused by the fault of another, while operating your vehicle on a Connecticut roadway, then please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com so you can download one of our free books, read our articles or view our videos on a variety of accident and injury related subjects.

 

You can also get answers to your questions by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speaking with one of our CT accident lawyers and injury attorneys. We will even be happy to meet with you to discuss the facts of your CT accident case where we will advise you as to what you should and should not be doing. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis which means we do not get paid unless and until we collect money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the costs to develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us when we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery then you will always know legal fees and no costs. We want you to concentrate on what is most important which is getting better. Please contact us today to find out how we can assist you.

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.

What is an IME as it Relates to your Connecticut Personal Injury Case?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

What is an IME as it Relates to your Connecticut Personal Injury Case?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident which your Connecticut personal injury attorney has been unable to resolve with the insurance carrier, then the case will be put into suit. At some point in time the insurance company, through its defense counsel, will in all likelihood set up an independent medical examination (IME) to help bolster its claim that either you were not injured or that your injuries are less severe than your doctor states. This is one of the techniques that the insurance company will use to attempt to pay you less money for your claim in an effort to indicate to the jury that the at fault party did not cause all of the injuries which you claim to have suffered.

 

The injured party should be made aware of the fact that this could be a very important component of their CT perosnal injury case and could have a great impact upon the ultimate value of their case. The IME doctor will look to downplay any injuries claimed by you in order to reduce or eliminate any disability rating that you received from your doctor. You should make sure that you prepare for this examination with your Connecticut personal injury attorney before seeing the insurance company doctor. Your CT personal injury lawyer should provide you with a number of instructions as to what you should be doing and what you should be saying.

 

It is important that the injured party be fully prepared for the IME and should be ready to intelligently discuss a great number of issues, which would include but not be limited to the following: how did the accident happened; what injuries did you sustain as a result of the accident; what are your symptoms; how have they changed since the accident occurred; what pain complaints have you had, how severe have they been, for how long and what activities cause additional problems; what medical treatment have you received; what medications have you taken; we were you told by your doctors; what specific activities are you now limited in performing; what is your medical history; what pre-existing injuries do you have; and how you feel now.

 

Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys have written a book on Connecticut accident and injury law. One of the chapters in this book gives you instructions as to what you should be doing when you go to have your independent medical examination. There is also a lot of other valuable information in the book that will tell you what to do, what not to do, what you should be telling your doctors, how you can get better medical care, how you can get better quicker, how you can properly develop your lost wage claim, and what you can be doing to help your Connecticut accident lawyer and injury attorney get you more money for your case. The book can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com.

 

If you would prefer, you can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys to get your questions answered over the telephone or you can schedule a free consultation where one of our CT injury lawyers and accident attorneys will be happy to sit down with you and discuss the facts of your case with you in detail and give you specific advice as to what you should be doing. Do not wait until you made a mistake in attempting to handle your own Connecticut personal injury case. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers are happy to provide you with this valuable free information so you can make a decision as to how you would like to proceed with your important injury case. Do not wait until you have made a serious mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Contact us today.

Connecticut Injury Attorney: What to Look for in Your Lawyer

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured in some type of accident in Connecticut whether it involves a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, taxicab accident, premises liability case, dog bite injury, slip and fall or trip and fall on snow and ice or some other slippery substance, a drunk driving accident, a rear end collision accident, a left-hand turn accident, a pedestrian accident, a bicycle accident, a hit-and-run accident, as a result of medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, or Dr. malpractice, you should have a number of very significant questions that need immediate answers.

The handling of your Connecticut injury case and who you choose to be your Connecticut  injury attorney could be one of the most important decisions that you make regarding the potential success of your CT accident case. It is important that you research and investigate the qualifications and credentials of any Connecticut injury attorney that you are interested in hiring to represent you as a result of the serious injuries that you sustained as the result of the fault of another. Investigate what awards the attorney has received, has the attorney received any recognition awards from a national trial lawyers group or from a national publication, has lawyer been named a super lawyer, has the lawyer been named to any one of a number of best attorneys lists, has the attorney published any books on the subjects that involve your particular type of case, and what type of experience does the Connecticut injury lawyer have that you are interested in hiring to represent you for your serious injury case.

You should also contact each Connecticut injury attorney that you are interested in hiring by telephone and ask a number of probing questions regarding the attorneys experience in handling a case such as yours. You will want to develop a sense of confidence in the attorneys abilities and their knowledge of the law as it relates to your particular case. If you are impressed enough with the answers that you receive from this Connecticut injury attorney, then you should schedule a free in office interview so that you can discuss the facts of your case with this particular Connecticut accident attorney. You will again want to ask a number of very probing questions regarding the attorneys experience, recognitions, awards and get their thoughts and feelings as to your particular case.

You can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and review our experience, awards, recognition and you can download any one of a number of our free accident and injury books. You can review our national recognition and awards and see what types of cases we have represented various parties in our almost three decades. You can also call our toll free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers to get all of your questions answered. We would invite you to also schedule a free and office consultation so you can get a better sense of what we do and who we are and determine if we might be the law firm that you would like to hire to represent you in your personal injury matter. You should also know that we take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to properly develop your case. We are only paid a fee and we are only repaid our costs at the time we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will lowest no legal fees and no costs. Please contact our Connecticut personal injury attorneys today so you can find out how we
can get to work for you right away.

 

After a Ridgefield Accident – What You Need to Do!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After a Ridgefield Accident – What You Need to Do!

If you have been seriously injured in a Ridgefield accident case whether it involves a car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, drunk driving accident, pedestrian crossing accident, slip and fall, trip and fall or some other type of accident case you will need to get immediate answers to a great number of questions that you should have regarding what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. It is very important that you consult with an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer and accident attorney at the earliest possible moment. If you proceed without the advice of experienced Connecticut accident attorney then you could very well seriously undermine your case and reduce its value by tens of thousands of
dollars.

Ridgefield has approximately 417 town roads that comprise almost 200 miles of roadways. Generally speaking, the town of Ridgefield, Connecticut is responsible for paving, maintenance and upkeep, grading of unpaved roads, drainage, snow plowing and sanding, road sweeping and mowing and brush cutting. Additionally, Ridgefield also has approximately 52 private roads, for which the private individuals who own the property could be responsible for the care, maintenance and upkeep of those roadways.

There are also seven state highways maintained by the Connecticut Department of Transportation located within Ridgefield’s boundaries. Those state roads include: Route 7, also known as Danbury Road north of Route 35 and Ethan Allan highway south of Route 35; Route 33, also known as Main Street and Wilton Rd., West; Route 35, sometimes referred to as Danbury Road, Main St., West Lane and S. Salem Rd.; 102, also known as Branchville Road; Route 116 also known as N. Salem Rd.; State Route 822, also known as could to Main Street, High Ridge Ave., Barry Avenue and W. Mountain Rd.; and state Route 835, also known as West Lane.

Ridgefield also has a number of parks and open spaces which are opened for the enjoyment of the general public. These parks include: Martin Park Beach, on Pickets Ridge Road; Ballard Park, on Main Street; SP I R I T skate park in the Yanity gym complex; Sky’s the Limit at 195 Danbury Road; Lake Wind Wing on South Shore Dr.; Aldrich Park on New Road; Richardson Park on N.Salem Rd.; and Sturges Park on Rippawom Road.

Ridgefield also has a number of playgrounds located at their public schools which include: Ridgefield High; East Ridge Middle School; Scotts Ridge Middle School; Barlow Mountain; Branchville; Farmingville; Ridgebury; Scotland; and Veterans Park. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in some type of Ridgefield accident then you should contact us as soon as possible to determine what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” if you have been involved in a Ridgefield accident. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut accident lawyers or injury attorneys to get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free, no obligation, consultation where one of our Connecticut accident attorneys will review the facts of your case with you and advise you as to what you should be doing. We also handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to properly develop your case. In other words, we do not get paid a fee nor are we reimbursed our expenses unless and until we recover money damages for you. We take all of the financial risk in representing you so you can concentrate on getting better. Don’t delay get this very valuable
information today.

Bridgeport Accident Case- How Can You Get More Money?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How can you get more money for your Bridgeport accident case? An experienced Bridgeport accident lawyer will be able to advise you as to what you need to be doing to properly develop your case. There are a great number of things that a Bridgeport Connecticut accident attorney will tell you that you need to do and there are also great number of things that a Bridgeport accident lawyer will tell you that you should not be doing. So what is something that you can do to assist your Bridgeport accident lawyer in helping to maximize the value of your case?

It is always a good idea to keep detailed records and to properly document your case. The insurance company of the at fault party will want to carefully analyze all of the claims that your Bridgeport accident attorney will be making as it relates to either the liability involved in your case or the damages and injuries which you have suffered. The more documentation that you have and the more detailed your records are the better off you will be and provide additional proof that your Bridgeport accident lawyer will be able to present to the insurance company to help maximize the amount of money that your attorney is able to obtain for you. So for example, if you claim that you were unable to return to work as a result of the injuries that you sustained in your Bridgeport accident case, it would be helpful to have a note from your physician that indicates that you should not return to work until a certain date. It would also be helpful to have detailed employment records, pay stubs, tax returns, and any and all other proof which you can furnish to your Bridgeport accident attorney to show what loss of income you suffered.

Our Bridgeport Connecticut injury lawyers and accident attorneys have developed a number of books that we provide to Connecticut accident victims for free. One of our books is the workbook for “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” This workbook provides you with one place to keep track of all of your accident related information. It provides you with explanations as to what you need to do and what information you need to obtain. It also explains what it is that we are trying to prove to the insurance company of the at fault party and provides you with places to keep track of all of this information. Once you have concluded your treatments, you will then present this book to our Bridgeport accident attorneys who will then use this information as the basis for drafting various sections of your settlement demand package.

Our Bridgeport accident attorneys will want you to brought provide us with information about some or all of the following: facts of the case; insurance information; witness information; medical treatment; pre-existing medical problems; lost wage information; progress reports; inventory of physical evidence; photographic summary; pain and injury questionnaire; medical treatment; and a before and after letter which will detail all of the problems that you experienced as a result of your accident related injuries. Our Bridgeport Connecticut injury lawyers will be happy to assist you and answer your questions as you proceed through this process so that you understand what you need to be doing in order to assist your Bridgeport accident attorney in helping to get you more money for your case.

Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com to download one of our free books. Please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Bridgeport Connecticut injury lawyers to get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free consultation with one of our Bridgeport accident attorneys so you can sit down and fully discuss the facts of your case and be advised as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. You can even fill out our online form and give us some information about your case and one of our Bridgeport injury lawyers will then contact you. Don’t wait until after you’ve made a mistake in discussing your case with the at fault party’s insurance company. Get this very valuable free information before you make a mistake that could end up costing you many, many thousands of dollars.

BRIDGEPORT CT TRAIN ACCIDENT INJURES MANY AND WILL CLOSE COMMUTER TRAIN TRAFFIC IN BRIDGEPORT PENDING AN INVESTIGATION

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Bridgeport, Connecticut – A Metro North commuter railway train derailed Friday, and slammed into another train headed in the opposite direction, injuring 60 people. CT’s Governor, Dannel Malloy,announced at a news conference that five people were critically injured and one was very critically injured. Those injured in the Bridgeport CT train accident were taken to Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center, both located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Gov. Malloy indicated that there was no reason to believe that this was anything other than an accident which has severely damaged the tracks and is likely to affect railway traffic between New York and Boston for an indefinite period of time.

Metro-North officials indicated that the train left Grand Central terminal at 5:30 PM and was due in New Haven at 7:18 PM when it derailed in Bridgeport at the Fairfield, Connecticut line. The eastbound train derailed which caused it to collide with the westbound train on an adjacent track. The westbound train left New Haven at 4:41 PM and was due in Grand Central Terminal at 7:18 PM. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the Metro North lines, is the second-largest commuter railroad in the nation. The Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines run northward from New York City’s Grand Central Terminal into a number of communities located in New York and Connecticut. A full investigation of this Bridgeport CT train accident is underway which is being headed by the National Transportation Safety Board, which hopefully will conclude the on-site inspection by Monday.