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Pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle in Connecticut died

Police in Connecticut are investigating a fatal accident that occurred recently in Meriden. A pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle reportedly died at the scene of the crash. The driver believed responsible was also injured.

According to a recent report, a 68-year-old Meriden resident, had just picked up a pizza and was walking back to his car when he was hit by an automobile. Sadly, he died before he could be transported for medical treatment. The driver thought responsible for the crash was taken to a hospital due to injuries sustained as a result of the windshield shattering.

Drunk driving accidents still require proof of negligence

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to become the victim of drunk driving accident in New Haven, Connecticut. A victim who suffers serious injuries at the hands of a drunk driver might be entitled to financial compensation, but notice the use of the word “might.” Being in an accident with a driver who is intoxicated does not automatically establish negligence on the part of that person.

Drunk driving is a criminal offense under state law. An intoxicated driver can be arrested and, if convicted of the charges, sentenced to imprisonment, fines and the loss of driving privileges. The blood alcohol content level of a driver obtained as part of the criminal investigation might be used by someone who has suffered serious injuries in a drunk driving accident to prove that the individual’s abilities to maintain control over his or her vehicle was compromised by the alcohol.

An overview of wrongful death claims

When someone dies in an accident, the victim’s family members can sue the responsible party for wrongful death. The family members may then be able to obtain financial compensation for their loss. 

As a first step, one of the attorneys from our firm will listen to your story and explain your options. If you decide to pursue the wrongful death claim, we will work aggressively and effectively for you and your family. We understand how difficult this time is, and we want you to know that we will be on your side every step of the way.

Police learn auto-pedestrian accident investigation techniques

An auto-pedestrian accident with serious injuries, or a fatal pedestrian accident, usually results in an investigation by police to determine the cause. If evidence is found to prove that the accident was caused by a negligent driver who was distracted by texting and driving or by a driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, this information would be helpful in a lawsuit by the victim for compensation.

Police investigations are also vital in helping to find the driver and vehicle involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. Evidence left behind at the accident scene could help police to identify the vehicle that was involved in the collision.

Drunk driving accident statistics point to serious problem

According to a survey reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.1 percent of the drivers in Connecticut admitted to driving after they had consumed too much alcohol. Combined with other statistics stating that 30 people die each day in U.S. accidents involving an intoxicated driver, the chances of becoming a victim in a drunk driving accident are pretty high.

Young drivers appear to be at greater risk of driving while intoxicated than are older drivers. The CDC reports that 33 percent of the drivers responsible for a fatal drunk driving accident were between 21 and 24 years of age. Those individuals in the 25 to 34 age group were responsible for 29 percent of accidents involving the consumption of alcohol.

Faulty tires responsible for catastrophic injuries

There is any number of things that can happen to cause a car accident. A reckless driver traveling at speeds far in excess of the posted limits, a distracted driver who is too busy texting and driving to notice a stop sign or a drunk driver who cannot stay in his or her lane of travel are just a few of the many hazards faced by motorists.

The federal National Transportation Safety Board has just announced another threat to the safety of drivers and passengers. According to the NTSB, at least 56 percent of defective tires that have been the subject of a recall by their manufacturers are still on the road. The primary reason why Connecticut motorists might be driving on dangerous tires is that tire companies are unable to locate vehicle owners to notify them.

New truck accident risks might be on the horizon in Connecticut

The risk of a tractor-trailer crash caused by truck driver fatigue or by a distracted truck driver is already a threat to the safety of motorists who travel throughout Connecticut. Congress is preparing to consider making changes to driver work schedules, reducing the minimum age for truck drivers and permitting larger trucks carrying heavier loads to use the nation’s highways.

The proposals are part of a campaign to reduce highway congestion by increasing the loads that any single vehicle could carry. Highway safety advocates argue that bigger trucks are harder to handle and control and could lead to increased truck driver fatigue.

Truck driver fatigue and other causes of truck accidents

Just the size and weight of most of the commercial trucks travelling daily on Connecticut highways are enough to intimidate the average motorist. A distracted truck driver can endanger people’s lives in a semi truck crash just as easily as a truck company that sends one of its vehicles on the road with defective or improperly maintained equipment.

It takes skill and experience to drive a truck at highway speeds in all types of weather conditions. A Truck company that sends one of its drivers onto the road with inadequate training might be held responsible for the injuries suffered by the victim of a multi-vehicle crash caused by truck driver error.

Serious accident leaves one dead and another injured

A fatal car accident in Connecticut has left one woman dead and a man injured. The car left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a stop on its side. The man was the driver of the vehicle and was flown via helicopter to a state hospital. The woman, who was the passenger, died at the scene. Both occupants of the vehicle are believed to be in their 30s.

A woman who lived at a nearby property heard the screeching noise of the accident. She immediately woke her husband and prompted him to call emergency technicians to the scene. The woman reported that there is a lot of traffic on this particular road and accidents are a frequent occurrence, though they are normally not as serious. The couple was unaware of just how serious this particular accident was or the extent of the injuries received by the driver and passenger.

Hands-free technology might not prevent a distracted driver

Your eyes might be on the road, but your brain is thinking about the last text message or phone call you just completed. Hands-free technology installed in new cars may not be the answer preventing a car accident caused by a distracted driver.

Laws banning cellphone use unless drivers use a hands-free device have been around for a number of years in Connecticut and in other states. The premise behind such laws was that handling a cellphone for talking was a distraction, but the distraction was minimized with a hands-free device. The same premise is behind laws prohibiting texting and driving.

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