Motor vehicles are a necessary commodity in Connecticut and other states across the nation. Without automobiles, many residents would not have the ease or ability to travel where they want when they want. While personal vehicles are very beneficial, they also pose many risks to those driving them and traveling in them. Even when a driver is following the rules of the road, this unfortunately does not always protect them from a negligent or distracted driver.
According to recent reports, authorities in Connecticut were dispatched to a head-on collision. The car accident took place in Clinton during the afternoon hours. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, causing serious wreckage on the roadway.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident, the fire department had to assist with the extrication of the victims. Both male drivers were transported to the hospital in serious condition. Unfortunately, one driver did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other remains in serious condition.
Police have yet to determine how the crash occurred and what factors played a role. Investigation is ongoing at this time and no charges have been made. Once investigation is complete, cause and liability can likely be determined. With additional evidence, witness accounts and even the use of experts, an injured victim or the loved ones of a deceased victim could hold a negligent party liable.
The results of a fatal crash can be devastating and life changing for surviving family members. This is why it is imperative to understand the rights afforded to loved ones and what steps they can take to protect their interests and even recover compensation in a civil action.
Source: Washington Times, "Two-car collision Connecticut leaves 1 dead, 1 injured," May 5, 2017