Injured Truck Driver Recovers $715,000 After Crash

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Chad Roman v. ADF Industries: A Pennsylvania man who survived an accident that killed another truck driver on Interstate 95 has recovered $715,000 in a lawsuit settlement.

Chad Roman, 42, a tractor-trailer driver from Albrightsville, Pa., was operating a rig owned by JP Express on I-95 southbound in Milford at 3:50 a.m. on April 7, 2010, according to his lawyer, John Houlihan Jr., of RisCassi & Davis in Hartford.

Roman was headed home after making a delivery in Massachusetts. Though Roman made deliveries for JP Express, of Deer Park, N.Y., he was considered to be self-employed.

Also traveling southbound on the interstate that night was Anthony Diorio, 56, of Unionville, Conn., who was driving a construction truck carrying an excavator. Diorio was driving for ADF Industries Inc., a subcontracting company from Berlin that had been hired by the state of Connecticut to do highway resurfacing and safety improvement work.

According to police, the boom on the excavator was raised, and as the truck approached exit 40, the raised boom crashed into an overpass. The impact forced the construction truck into the left lane, and directly into the path of Roman's tractor-trailer.

Police said Roman swerved in an attempt to miss the construction truck, but he was unable to avoid the collision. The tractor-trailer smashed into the construction truck and then jackknifed.

The impact caused Diorio to be ejected from his truck. He was then hit by the tractor-trailer and pinned under it. Roman's rig skidded onto the left shoulder of the interstate. Diorio was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The accident caused long delays for morning commuters, as a section of the highway was closed for clean-up. Oil spilled from the construction truck had to be removed by state Department of Environmental Protection workers.

Roman, meanwhile, was transported by ambulance to Milford Hospital. He was diagnosed with what at first seemed like minor injuries and was soon released. A day or so later the worst of his injuries emerged: Roman began experiencing significant lower-back pain.

The pain kept him from working, due to the sitting required with long tractor-trailer commutes. The driver received treatment from doctors and physical therapists in Pennsylvania, including specialists in pain management.

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