Traffic laws exist to keep drivers safe and secure. Each state has its own laws related to seat belt usage, so it’s prudent to be familiar with how the rules apply in your home state. Everyone, whether driving or riding as a passenger, should always wears a seatbelt, no matter how far you are driving.
A high-speed police chase ended in a violent crash that sent one person to the hospital and killed another. Connecticut state police said that a 25-year-old man was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt while driving on a local highway. When the trooper walked back to his vehicle, the man sped away and the police began pursuing him.
After a brief chase, the trooper soon found that the man crashed his car into an SUV near the bottom of an exit ramp. There was a driver and passenger inside the SUV. The automobile accident, killed the SUV driver and injured the passenger.
Speeding in Connecticut is a serious offense. There is a great danger posed to others by driving faster than the law allows. In addition to the reduced reaction time, speeding poses a danger based on the difference between the speed of one car and the vehicles around it. The result can be a tragic car crash and serious injuries or death.
The 25-year-old driver was charged with reckless driving, engaging in a pursuit, manslaughter, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating without insurance, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
If the actions of another individual operating an automobile or other motor vehicle were careless, that negligent individual could be responsible for damages. Damages can include a personal injury caused by his actions for any pain and suffering, loss of wages, catastrophic injuries, and medical expenses. To determine the negligence of another, it is important that investigators immediately locate witnesses and obtain statements. A legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and then recommend the best course of legal action to take.
Source: Wfsb.com, “Waterbury man crashes into SUV, kills driver while fleeing from police” Steven Yablonski, Aug. 20, 2013