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Deadly head-on collision occurs in Connecticut

When our readers see news reports about head-on car collisions, they probably expect to see reports of fatalities involved. Obviously, when two vehicles that are going full-speed hit each other, the results usually aren't good. According to a recent report, that is exactly what happened in a car crash in Connecticut.

The recent report indicates that the head-on collision occurred in the late evening hours on May 26. A Connecticut man was reportedly driving his vehicle southbound on Route 15 in Meriden that evening when he somehow lost control of his vehicle. As a result, he hit the curb, flew over a guardrail and entered traffic flowing in the northbound lane. He subsequently struck a vehicle head-on that was being driven by a woman from New Hampshire. She died in the collision.

What do you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits?

The confusion that comes with the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one is enough to leave anyone reeling. First you get the tragic news, then there is a rush to the hospital and, finally, the realization that there isn't anything more that can be done. It's a situation that no one ever wants to find themselves in. But, when these tragic scenarios unfold, the family members of the deceased victim need to be aware of their legal rights. So, what do you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits?

Well, first and foremost, you'll need to be certain that your loved one's death was caused by another party's negligent or reckless conduct. In many cases, the death was the result of a car accident. In others, it may have been a worksite accident or even an auto-pedestrian accident. There are many ways in which a tragic accident can occur and result in someone's death. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident can be crucial in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Show who your family member was in a wrongful death lawsuit

"Accidents happen," as the saying goes, but what happens if an "accident" was caused by another party who was acting in a negligent or reckless manner and it led to the death of one of your family members? It could have been a motorcycle accident, a car accident or even medical malpractice.

What do you do when you no longer have that family member in your life? For some people, the legal option is to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Determining fault in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut

By now, many motorcyclists in Connecticut have had the chance to get out on the road for the first time this year. Riding a motorcycle can be a great time, but, unfortunately, motorcyclists need to be aware of the fact that any accident that might occur that they might be involved in can come with significant challenges, from medical issues to legal issues.

If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident that was caused by a negligent driver, it may be possible for the injured victim to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. In such a lawsuit, the injured victim, the plaintiff, will need to prove that it was, in fact, the other driver who caused the accident. However, determining fault for the accident in the first place can be complicated.

Know what type of compensation to pursue for a brain injury

It can be difficult for most people to understand the vast impact that a brain injury can have on a person who suffers such a brain injury in a car, motorcycle, pedestrian or bicycle accident in Connecticut. A brain injury can lead to a permanent disability, such that the person can no longer function like they used to. Movement, speech and even cognitive abilities can all be impacted when a person suffers a brain injury.

When the injury in question was caused by another party's negligence or recklessness, it is important to understand what type of compensation to pursue in a civil lawsuit. For most people, the immediate concern is the medical bills that begin to pile up in the aftermath of the accident. Medical treatment for a brain injury can be incredibly expensive, as can the costs for rehabilitation and therapy that may need to occur for months or even years afterward. Pursuing compensation to cover these costs can be the most pressing issue.

Tractor-trailer crash pulverizes car, injures two people

When Connecticut residents see news reports about a small passenger car being smashed between two tractor-trailers, they probably expect to see reports about fatalities involved. Fortunately, in a recent accident, that wasn't the case.

According to recent reports, a small Toyota Camry was being driven down Interstate 95, near four tractor-trailers that were traveling in the same direction. As the vehicles began to approach a construction zone, three of the tractor-trailers and the Camry began to slow down. Unfortunately, one of the tractor-trailers did not. That tractor-trailer slammed into the back of the Camry, smashing it into another tractor-trailer. The small car was completely crushed. The photos of the car after the crash showed the car resembling a crumpled piece of paper.

What are dog bite laws and protections in Connecticut?

An animal attack that results in a dog bite can cause serious injuries to victims, and they may be left facing a lifetime of physical and emotional scars as a result. Victims of dog bite attacks in Connecticut may wonder what the legal protections available to them are and what the laws in Connecticut concerning dog bites are.

Dog bites can cause severe physical, financial and emotional injuries which is why victims of dog bites may have a claim for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a dog bite attack. Connecticut dog bite law is referred to a strict liability which means that regardless of the circumstances, with few exceptions, if a dog bites and injures a victim, the owner of the dog is liable to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered.

Legal protections are available for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can result in devastating consequences for victims and their families. There are important legal resources and options that all truck accident victims should be familiar with if they have been harmed by a negligent truck driver or negligent trucking company.

After all, fully loaded trucks weigh as much as 25 times that of a passenger vehicle. When the two collide, the results can be catastrophic for truck accident victims and their families.

Family receives $1 million in settlement after Connecticut crash

Wrongful death legal options are available to families who have unexpectedly lost a loved one. A fatal crash in a neighboring Connecticut community north of the Hartford area recently resulted in a $1 million settlement for wrongful death. The family of the 42-year old man killed in the car accident recently accepted the settlement. The victim was killed after his pickup truck was rear-ended by a SUV which resulted in the pickup striking a guardrail and flipping on the freeway.

An insurer for the group that owned the SUV involved in the accident settled with the victim's family. The driver of the vehicle was high on heroin and cocaine at the time of the accident and was arrested, however, she died of a drug overdose prior to the trial beginning. The SUV she was driving was owned by a nonprofit group and its director, an acquaintance of the driver, allowed her to driver the SUV at the time she caused the fatal accident.

The impact of spinal cord and back injuries on victims

Unfortunately, spinal cord and back injuries, although they may be difficult to see, are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents. When cars are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the cars are designed to absorb much of the impact of the accident but injuries and other harm still oftentimes occur. In circumstances involving a motorcycle accident, the human body absorbs the impact of the crash.

Serious spinal cord and back injuries can result from a motorcycle accident including bulging discs, pinched nerves, fractured vertebrae, paralysis and neck injuries. Spinal cord and back injuries may require extensive surgical repair including the placement of rods, plates, artificial discs or fusions. The impact of a spinal cord or back injury on victims is significant.

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