There is little heartache to compare with losing a loved one in a tragic accident. When that loss is attributed to negligence or recklessness on the part of another, then the surviving family may elect to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible. One Connecticut family may ponder their options after the driver in a fatal wreck was recently arrested by police.
According to the report, the 30-year-old man was driving a large commercial vehicle along Route 6 when the accident occurred back on May 13, 2016. The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was driving her vehicle in a westbound lane along a local route when the dump truck driver purportedly ignored a stop light. His larger vehicle then collided with the left side of the woman's car.
Emergency responders were unable to get a response from the woman at the scene. She was transported to a local hospital where a doctor pronounced her deceased. The driver of the truck has been charged with failure to follow a traffic law and with misconduct involving a motor vehicle. It was not reported why the arrest of the driver involved was delayed for almost a year.
The man was held on a $50,000 bond, and his arraignment hearing was held earlier this month. Now that Connecticut officials arrested and charged the driver in this fatal accident, the victim's family may now have some sense of closure. The surviving family of victims who are killed due to an accident caused by the negligence of another have the right to consult a personal injury attorney regarding the feasibility of filing a wrongful death civil suit against those deemed responsible. When a civil lawsuit is successful, a monetary award may help ease the burdens imposed by medical costs and final expenses along with related financial losses that accompany these tragic accidents.
Source: Southbury, CT Patch, "Southbury Police Make Arrest In Connection with Fatal Accident: UPDATE", Brian McCready, April 18, 2017