No matter how carefully one plans his or her day, there are some events that cannot be foreseen or prevented. Car accidents are some of the most frightening experiences that can occur without warning. Connecticut officials recently announced that criminal charges have finally been brought in connection with a fatal wreck that occurred in February.

According to the report, the accident that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old man, was caused by a 71-year-old man who failed to maintain position in his travel lane. The crash took place along a local multi-lane route in Naugatuck. Investigators stated that the charged driver veered over the center line and crashed head-on into the victim’s car.

The driver of the second car died at the scene. The driver who has been arrested is facing multiple charges, including negligent homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, failing to maintain lane position and operating a vehicle without proper registration and insurance. It is unclear whether the man is currently in police custody.

The investigation into this fatal crash took several months before it culminated in criminal charges. Connecticut authorities did not indicate why there was a delay in filing the formal charges. Victims who suffer serious injuries — or lose loved ones — due to car accidents often sustain enormous monetary damages in addition to the pain and suffering caused by these tragedies. Victims, or their surviving family members, do have recourse for seeking compensation for their financial losses by means of a civil lawsuit. An experienced attorney can provide guidance in assembling a thorough case and help navigate it successfully through the civil court system.