Crossing the street is something many New Haven residents do on a daily basis. Crosswalks and sidewalks are generally safe for pedestrians to walk across but they cannot fully protect someone from a negligent driver. In 2010, 4,280 Americans lost their lives from auto-pedestrian accidents and countless more were seriously injured. Recently a Connecticut man lost his life after crossing the street.
A 59-year-old man was killed after a driver hit him while he was crossing the street. The driver of the vehicle continued on, failing to stop at the scene of the accident. According to witnesses the driver was driving a dark colored SUV and just kept going without rendering aid to the victim. In Connecticut, it is a crime to flee the scene of an accident. Police are continuing to search for the driver involved with the fatal hit and run accident.
The number one cause of car accidents in America is human error. Between inattentive driving to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, negligent driving comes with consequences. Drivers who are guilty of any form of negligence may face legally liability for their actions. All drivers are expected to follow the state traffic rules and regulations. When they fail to do so such as speeding or failing to yield at a crosswalk, they may be legally responsible for the accident and ensuing damages.
New Haven residents seriously injured from a car accident may find that they are eligible for compensation for their injuries. Between medical costs to lost wages, damages can add up. An experienced attorney may help provide further clarity and understanding to those in need of assistance.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “Plainfield Man Killed in Hit-and-Run,” June 11, 2013