Thanks to public service announcements over the last few decades, the dangers of drinking and driving are well-known. Unfortunately, despite having this knowledge, some drivers continue to risk their own lives, as well as the lives of their innocent passengers, by getting behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks. As a result, the number of lives lost as a result of drunk driving continues to rise. In fact, Connecticut officials claim that a recent fatal car accident resulted in the death of a young man.
The accident occurred at night in early September. According to police reports, a 32-year-old driver was traveling with a 35-year-old passenger. Police claim the car hit the curb before striking a tree and stopping in the middle of the road. The car suffered such damage that one of the tires was found in the woods away from the accident.
The passenger was transported to an area hospital, but died from his injuries a few days later. Recently the driver has been arrested on several charges related to the accident. Among these charges are vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving too fast.
Along with the emotions that come with the unexpected loss of a young family member, the victim’s family is likely coping with the extensive medical bills resulting from his hospital stay and funeral expenses. To help alleviate some of the financial stressors created by the fatal car accident, the family has the option of filing a wrongful death case in a Connecticut civil court. If it can be proved that the driver’s negligence caused the accident, the court could order compensation for the deceased man’s family to cover the expenses related to the accident.
Source: NorwalkPatch, Man Charged with Manslaughter in Vehicle Accident, David Gurliacci, Oct. 22, 2013