Owen Contreras killed in accident with tractor-trailer on I-91
EAST WINDSOR, Connecticut -- Owen Contreras, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of a fiery crash on southbound I-91 after a collision with a tractor-trailer.
The collision of the two vehicles occurred around 11:20 p.m. and resulted in a large fire that significantly damaged both vehicles.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Hartford Hospital and was treated for minor injuries. Authorities confirmed that Mr. Contreras died from injuries sustained in the accident.
The exact cause of the collision was not immediately apparent as investigators continued to sift through details.
An investigation of the cause of the crash is ongoing. No further details were immediately available.
Thoughts on the fiery I-91 crash that left one man dead.
We cannot imagine what the loved ones of Mr. Contreras are experiencing in the wake of this tragedy. They have our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Unfortunately, our firm sees cases like this regularly. While nothing can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, we have ample experience getting results for our clients that can help ease some of the financial burdens caused by the unexpected passing of a loved one and help hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Post-collision fires, such as this, are often caused by improperly maintained fuel tanks or lines, allowing us to assert a direct claim against the truck manufacturer or repair shop. When fuel tanks or lines are not properly maintained and protected, they can make an already dangerous accident lethal, putting the lives of first responders and bystanders lives at risk along with the vehicles’ occupants. A detailed investigation will need to be conducted on what caused this post-collision fire and if anything could have been done to prevent it.
Additionally, we should note the accident occurred in the very late evening hours. There is readily available guidance for employers dictating how much time off employees need between driving shifts. Unfortunately, employers often pressure employees to meet unreasonable driving expectations, resulting in drivers being too tired to do their jobs safely. This guidance is also made available to the employees, who are also responsible for ensuring they do not drive when they know they are not able to do so safely. A finding that either the driver of the tractor-trailer and/or his employer had flouted such guidance may allow Mr. Contreras’ loved ones further opportunities to seek legal recourse.
Our firm is experienced in conducting legal investigations into accidents of this nature and successfully pursuing relief for victims and their loved ones. Any negligence or wrongdoing must be identified. Our primary goal is always to provide the affected family with results to help them move forward. Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr. Contreras’ family.