The number of Connecticut lives that are lost due to drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol is concerning, and regular traffic stops are arranged in efforts to lower the number of lives lost in these accidents. During a vehicle enforcement stop in Waterbury, a fatal accident occurred nearby. This crash claimed the lives of two individuals, and it may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
State troopers reported that the crash occurred on a recent Wednesday afternoon. A preliminary accident report indicates that a 59-year-old Plymouth woman was northbound on a local roadway when a 28-year-old man from Waterbury — who was southbound — failed to remain on his side of the yellow line. He allegedly crossed over and smashed almost head-on with the northbound vehicle.
The impact apparently caused the man to be ejected from his car. Both drivers were declared dead at the scene of the accident. One of the cars caught on fire, and it was extinguished quickly. Troopers reportedly found almost 16 grams of cocaine in the man’s car. A toxicology test will likely be done to determine whether he was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The surviving family members of the woman who died in this accident may want to pursue financial relief to help with end-of-life expenses and other losses. They retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased driver who is deemed responsible for this crash. However, negligence will have to be established to the satisfaction of a Connecticut civil court before a monetary award will be entered. All claims for emotional and economic damages must be properly documented.
Source: courant.com, “Driver Involved In Double-Fatal Crash Had Cocaine In Car, Waterbury Police Say“, Christine Dempsey, April 28, 2016