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Wreck that killed 23-year-old man possibly a wrongful death case

Under any circumstances, a fatal accident is a terrible tragedy. In most cases, it's a tragedy that could have been avoided. Sadly, many wrongful death claims arise from that fact that the victim's life was taken as a result of the negligence of someone else. A recent fatal accident in Connecticut appears to prove the point. 

A 23-year-old man had just celebrated his birthday with family and friends a few days before the wreck. According to the police report, he was headed south in a Mini Cooper on Interstate 95 at a little past 1 a.m. He got off at the rest stop in Fairfield and collided with a tractor-trailer whose driver had stopped in a fire lane.

Connecticut car accidents can change lives without warning

Most young people dream of the day when they can get their driver's license and experience freedom to go as they please. However, so many car accidents seem to involve a disproportionate number of drivers 25 and under. Connecticut police recently arrested a younger driver who purportedly killed a woman last May.

The fatal accident occurred in the early evening. Police responded to a call that a woman had been a victim of a pedestrian accident. According to the account, a man driving a sedan struck the victim and continued away from the accident scene. The 54-year-old woman was transported to a local medical facility where she was later pronounced deceased.

Connecticut motorcycle accidents often prove fatal for riders

In spite of many safety campaigns throughout the years, many motorists still seem to overlook those who share the roads with them. Unfortunately, there are many motorcyclists who are killed in motorcycle accidents in Connecticut every year. Recently, officials filed charges against a woman believed to be responsible for one of these tragic deaths.

The woman was recently arrested for a fatal accident that occurred in the fall of last year. The wreck occurred when the woman purportedly crossed over the dividing line and crashed into a large group of motorcyclists. The wreck resulted in the death of a 33-year-old mother. Her husband suffered serious injuries in the crash, and another victim lost a lower leg to amputation after he was seriously hurt. Emergency responders described an accident scene that appeared in turmoil with bikes, vehicles and injured riders scattered across the road.

Evidence of negligence may lead to a wrongful death lawusit

Questionable circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a loved one may compound an already difficult situation for surviving family members. Some families may have more questions than answers about what happened and may benefit from seeking the advice of an attorney to assess their legal options. A family with many questions regarding the apparent wrongful death of their loved one recently filed a claim for monetary damages in a federal civil court in Connecticut.

Court rulings were recently made in a wrongful death lawsuit in regard to the death of a 31-year-old man while in police custody. One day after arriving in Connecticut from the Bahamas, the man was found confused and speaking incoherently in the street. According to reports, the man forced his way through an open window into a stationary vehicle and threatened the driver. The man was taken into custody and transported to a medical facility for evaluation after being subdued by a stun gun.

Car accidents caused by DUI drivers often deadly in Connecticut

An individual who chooses to drive while under the influence of drugs often puts the health of everyone nearby at risk. Many people in Connecticut choose to follow proper driving procedures, placing a high value on safety while traveling. Unfortunately, it is impossible to control the actions of others, with many car accidents occurring at the hands of a negligent driver. A recent accident in Connecticut injured two people and took the life of another.

It occurred when a male driver veered into oncoming traffic and hit another car, forcing it to collide with a third vehicle. The male driver was seriously injured in the process, while the driver of the other car died shortly after. The two people involved in the secondary collision also sustained injuries. According to police, the man was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.

Connecticut car accidents: head-on crash seriously injures 2

There are many different factors that can contribute to an accident on the road. Driving while distracted or under the influence are just two examples of situations that can cause serious car accidents to occur. Many drivers adhere to traffic laws in order to reduce the possibility of a collision, but reacting to the mistakes of others can be challenging. Two people have been hospitalized after a recent accident in Connecticut.

The event occurred just before sunrise when a car traveling east veered into the wrong lane, causing a head-on collision with a westbound car. The driver of the westbound car was seriously injured and transported to the hospital shortly after the accident. The eastbound driver was also hospitalized. A police investigation of the crash is underway to the determine the cause.

Late-night car accidents leave two dead in Connecticut

Some people try to avoid driving late at night. In certain areas, a roadway may not be particularly well-lit, which may increase the possibility for car accidents to occur. Even if a driver is confident in his or her ability to travel under these circumstances, other drivers may not be as proficient. A recent late-night accident in Connecticut resulted in the death of two women.

The accident occurred after midnight on a two-lane road. A female driver was traveling north in a southbound lane, resulting in a head-on collision with another vehicle. The two drivers were taken to the hospital shortly after the accident, unfortunately both died from injuries sustained. An investigation is underway, but police advised that both lanes were clearly marked.

Danger of car accidents involving pedestrians in Connecticut

With high gas prices and heavy traffic, more and more people are choosing to walk instead of drive. Choosing the sidewalk over the road may have many benefits, but it can also put a person's safety at risk. Even if a pedestrian is extremely careful while walking near traffic, being able to react to a fast moving car can be difficult. Recent reports in Connecticut suggest a high increase in car accidents involving pedestrians.

Many places across the country have crosswalks and traffic lights in place to allow pedestrians to cross streets. Steps have been taken to make walking near traffic much safer. Unfortunately, all it takes is one negligent driver to seriously injure or even kill a pedestrian. A distracted driver or someone who is driving under the influence are just two examples of drivers that put others at risk, and for someone who is out walking, this can be especially dangerous.

Connecticut car accidents: Several injured, 1 killed in car crash

Several people were injured and one was killed in a car crash in Connecticut earlier this month. Multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck. The details of this event are still coming out, but when car accidents do happen, according to the state, the victims and/or their loved ones may have legal recourse.

According to reports, on Friday, Jan. 13, in Salem, the driver of a car was apparently attempting to pass a vehicle when he hit that vehicle and collided with another car head-on. A fourth car coming up from behind the accident scene failed to stop, hit the three vehicles and another automobile before finally stopping. At least two of the drivers and an adult passenger were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment. A child was also injured and taken to Connecticut Children's Hospital. An elderly woman -- a passenger in the fourth car -- died at the scene of the crash.

How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?

When a loved one dies due to someone else's negligence, surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. This can be done by filing a wrongful death claim in a Connecticut civil court. However, there are limitations as to how long one can wait to file such a claim.

There is a statute of limitations regarding all types of civil claims. Wrongful death claims are no exception. While most people are not thinking about taking legal action soon after a loved one loses his or her life, when ready, the appropriate steps to seeking compensation can be taken.