A 76 year-old Hartford man died last Wednesday from injuries he sustained in a scooter accident. According to reports, the man was struck at an intersection by a pick-up truck the day before and succumbed to his injuries at the Hartford Hospital.
The driver of the pick-up was a 25 year-old man who was initially charged with minor traffic citations. As a result of the fatal accident, however, more serious charged could be added. In addition, the 25 year-old's immigration status is in doubt.
The initial investigation into the accident suggested that the pick-up stopped at a stop sign, but failed to yield the right of way to the scooter. The pick-up was owned by a local landscaping company. The victim, meanwhile, was one of many local residents that have begun riding scooters. While the vehicles certainly have their advantages, riders are encouraged to drive defensively. The smaller profile sometimes makes it difficult for other drivers to see them.
Despite the difficulty, it is the duty of other drivers to obey traffic regulations and avoid other vehicles. When they fail to do this, victims and their families may have a cause of action against the driver and/or his employer.
Moreover, local Hartford attorneys can help families of fatalities recover damages for not only lost earnings and support but for emotional damages that accompany the loss of a loved one and the loss of companionship. These damages can be significant and help a family that suffered a tragedy transition into the next stage of their lives.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Scooter Rider Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash," David Owens, October 24, 2013