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Pedestrian critically injured in Connecticut

A pedestrian was critically injured after being hit by a car in Stamford on Sept. 17. The accident took place around 11:20 p.m. on the city's West Side.

According to police, the 30-year-old victim was walking with a friend along Stillwater Avenue when the pedestrian accident occurred. They both attempted to cross the street from the west side to the east side when the victim was hit by a 2007 Honda Accord driven by a 32-year-old Stamford man. The vehicle had been traveling south on Stillwell Avenue. The pedestrians were in the middle of the block at the time of impact.

The victim was transported to the Critical Care Unit of Stamford Hospital. The driver remained at the scene of the incident and cooperated with police. Authorities did not suspect speeding as a factor in the accident. However, they said visibility might have played a role. Police continued to investigate the incident the following day, and no charges had been filed at that time. Two weeks before the accident, the city launched a campaign against distracted driving that also promoted pedestrian safety.

In a case like this, an injured victim might choose to file a personal injury claim against the driver to seek compensation for damages incurred as a result of the accident. The information from the police investigation could be used in such a civil case to find evidence of negligence. If a claim is successful, an injured victim could be compensated for medical expenses and loss of income that resulted from a victim missing work while recovering.

Source: ctpost.com, "Stamford pedestrian critically injured", September 18, 2014

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