The death of a loved one often leads to emotional consequences that are far-reaching. When the death comes as a result of an unexpected car crash, the shock has the potential of making the emotional recovering even more difficult. Additionally, there are financial consequences as well. For those who have experienced the death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, filing a wrongful death case in a civil court may be an option. The family of car crash victims in Connecticut may be considering that option.
A police officer reports that one evening in January a car pulled up on his left while he was stopped at a traffic light. It reportedly turned right in front of him when the light changed. While he did not pursue the vehicle, he would encounter it again when he turned down the same street and discovered that the driver had crashed. The car apparently struck a utility pole before slamming into a vacant building owned by Yale-New Haven Hospital.
A man and a woman in the vehicle died at the scene. A second woman was seriously injured and transported to the hospital for treatment. The occupants have not been identified at this time. Some people in the area lost power as a result of the accident. Police continue to investigate.
While it is unclear who was driving the vehicle at the time of the car crash, if the evidence suggests that the accident was caused by the driver’s negligence, the victims may choose to file a civil suit. The deceased’s family members will have to cope with funeral expenses and possibly lost wages as a result of the tragedy. People who survive such an accident with serious injuries may be plagued by hospital bills, lost wages and other financial losses. If it is documented to the satisfaction of a Connecticut civil court that the driver’s negligence caused the accident, the passengers (or their family in the case of a fatality) may be entitled to a monetary award to cover losses sustained by the accident and allowed by state law.
Source: The Hartford Courant, Two Killed, Another Critically Injured In New Haven Crash, No author, Jan. 10, 2014