The Mid-State Accident Investigation team was called in recently to review a deadly crash in Newington, Connecticut. One person was killed last Sunday and three were injured in an accident involving two vehicles. The fatal accident occurred at the corner of Veterans Drive and Willard Avenue.
Three of the victims were rushed to the hospital. One victim was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Two other victims were taken by ambulance to the Hartford Hospital.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene around 10:30 p.m. Sadly, according to police, one of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police stated in a news release that anyone with information on the collision was urged to contact the investigation team.
While occupants of vehicles are often times the best witnesses to an accident, when a victim suffers grave injuries, it may be difficult for them to recall what happened. As a result, investigators might need to rely on the testimony of third parties who may, or may not, have seen what happened.
The lack of first-hand knowledge of an accident is not uncommon. This is why expert investigation teams are employed by the state. These professionals sift through after-the-fact observations to see if they can surmise what caused the crash.
Their conclusions, though, may have wide reaching effects on the victims of fatal accidents. To recover damages against an at-fault person, a victim or his family may need to bring a cause of action for negligence.
Fortunately, local Hartford attorneys may be able to help in accident reconstruction cases. They may know how to analyze experts' reports and determine whether their conclusions are beyond reproach. Because of this, accident victims and their families may want to contact a local lawyer to discuss their case.
Source: Hartford Courant, "One Dead, Three Injured in Sunday Night Newington Crash," Shawn Beals, Jan. 20, 2014