When a loved one dies as the result of another party's negligence, the pain that families feel may last a lifetime. When one family loses several beloved members to a single tragedy, the grief may be almost paralyzing and that can be compounded by the burden imposed by the monetary damages sustained. Though nothing can undo what has already occurred, a wrongful death claim filed in a Connecticut's civil court may help ease the monetary burdens while providing some sense of closure to the surviving family.
Recently, one woman was in criminal court as a judge sentenced the trucker who took the lives of her children and fiance in a horrific crash. The accident, which occurred in Oct. 2014, happened along Interstate 95 in Waterford. The woman, her fiance and two children were traveling in their passenger vehicle when the traffic ahead of them slowed due to a minor traffic incident. Unfortunately, the 62-year-old truck driver who was traveling behind them failed to slow his commercial rig in time to prevent a collision.
His truck smashed into the family's vehicle. The impact killed a 2-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man. The woman also suffered serious injuries in the collision. The trucker was not under the influence at the time of the wreck, nor was he purportedly distracted by any devices. The judge in this case sentenced the man to a 6-month jail term along with 100 hours of community service to be split between coaching youth sports and working for an animal welfare agency.
The trucker's family expressed deep remorse for the tragedy and asked for leniency since he had no prior incidents on his record. The young mother stated that no sentence will ease the pain of the losses she has endured. Connecticut families who have suffered from this type of tragedy frequently sustain significant financial damages along with the emotional and physical pain that these horrific crashes inflict. Surviving family members may seek closure and financial relief through the filing of a wrongful death suit in civil court against the parties deemed responsible for their losses. The fact that this trucker has been convicted of negligent homicide would likely constitute negligence per se with respect to any civil claim for damages related to the accident.
Source: theday.com, "Massachusetts man to serve 6 months for deadly 2014 Waterford crash," Karen Florin, Jan. 23, 2018