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.
The man was killed on impact, his small car no match for the Peterbilt truck. While truck drivers have apparently complained for some time about the lack of parking spaces at Connecticut rest stops, the Walgreens truck was clearly stopped in a no-parking zone. The 47-year-old truck driver appears to have been in his vehicle at the time of the crash but suffered no injuries.
An investigation is ongoing. The victim’s family is attempting to raise funds for his funeral, and a gofundme site has been established. They likely have many questions about exactly what happened and have every right to seek the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney. Potential claims may exist against the truck driver, his employer and even the state of Connecticut. A lawyer can assist in preserving important evidence and pursuing a claim for financial relief against all parties whose negligence appears to have contributed to this fatal accident.
Source: ctpost.com, “Family mourns 23-year-old victim in fatal I-95 crash“, Cedar Attanasio and Brian Lockhart, March 13, 2017