A 31-year-old Connecticut motorcyclist has been injured in a recent accident in New Milford. The intersection crash took place at the corner of Hine Hill Road and Grove Street at 10:34 on June 15. The other driver involved has since been cited for failure to obey a stop sign. Police closed down Grove between Hine Hill Road and Fordyce Road for just over an hour in the aftermath of the accident.
Sources say that motorcyclist was traveling north on Grove Street when he was hit by a 1992 Buick. The Buick's driver was a 76-year-old Brookfield woman. According to a fire department chief, the Buick was in the process of making a left turn onto Grove Street when it hit the oncoming motorcyclist. The injured victim was evacuated to Danbury Hospital shortly thereafter. He is said to have suffered moderate injuries in the incident.
After an accident at an intersection, investigators often work to determine which party had the right of way in the moments preceding the collision. If one of those involved enters an intersection carelessly and causes an accident as a result, he or she may be held liable and ordered to provide compensation to the injured victim. In some cases, the victim of such an accident is injured so badly that they cannot return to work for a period of time - if ever. The resulting lost wages and income can inflict significant hardship on the victim and their family.
In this instance, the fact that the Buick driver has already been cited indicates a degree of culpability on her part. In a similar situation, an attorney might be able to pursue compensation on a injured person's behalf.
Source: New Milford Spectrum, "Motorcyclist incurs injuries in Grove Street accident", June 16, 2014