In most vehicle accidents that involve big rigs and passenger cars, the semi drivers walk away unscathed while those in the car are killed or severely injured. However, in a recent crash in Connecticut, it was the truck driver who was killed while the driver of the car was uninjured. This accident may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
In an accident report, the Connecticut State Police indicated that the fatal crash occurred in the early evening of a recent Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Westport. Reportedly, a tractor-trailer and a sedan were southbound, driving next to each other. Under circumstances yet to be determined, contact was made between the two vehicles. This apparently caused the truck to strike the guardrail and roll over before bursting into flames.
The 64-year-old operator of the truck lost his life in the blaze. The 35-year-old driver of the car was uninjured. Officers had reason to believe that he was under the influence of alcohol, and after charging him with suspicion of DUI, the man was released on bond. The accident investigation and cleanup operations caused southbound I-95 to be closed for more than 10 hours.
The driver who is accused of driving under the influence may also have to face a civil lawsuit. The surviving family members are entitled to pursue financial relief by filing a wrongful death claim in a Connecticut civil court. Along with documented claims for the financial losses such as end-of-life expenses, lost income and more, they may also pursue recovery of emotional damages. Requests for damages will be adjudicated by the court after negligence on the part of the other driver has been established.
Source: fox61.com, "1 killed, 1 charged with DUI in fiery crash on I-95 in Westport that closed highway for hours", Jim Mckeever, Katie Harris, Sept. 29, 2016