Car accidents are fairly common in Connecticut, but fatal car accidents are – thankfully – not quite as common as the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. Unfortunately fatal accidents do occur occasionally, however. And when they do, the family members of the deceased are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened.
According to a recent report, a deadly accident occurred in nearby West Haven on November 9. The accident was a head-on collision that occurred in the evening hours. The details of how the collision occurred will likely leave many people shaking their heads at how avoidable it was.
The reports indicate that a 45-year-old man was attempting to evade police when he began to drive his Toyota mini-van erratically. The suspect reportedly sideswiped one vehicle before slamming head-on into a Subaru Outback. The driver of the Outback, a 54-year-old man, was transported from the scene for medical treatment. Unfortunately, he died from his injuries later that night.
According to the reports, there were several eyewitnesses who observed or heard at least parts of the collision. Some reported hearing the loud pop of tires, while others looked out their windows and saw the vehicles spinning out of control. In a case such as this, if the family members of the victim decided to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, any eyewitnesses could provide crucial evidence. If there were a conviction based on reckless driving or some other criminal charge, that could also be a key piece of evidence in a wrongful death case.
Source: New Haven Register, “1 dead in West Haven collision; neighbors recall scene,” Jessica Lerner, Nov. 10, 2017