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New Haven Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Pedestrian accident victim loses battle for survival.

As summer approaches, many Connecticut residents find themselves truly excited to escape the confines of their homes, having been cooped up for what seemed like a winter that would never end. As the weather continues to improve, being outdoors becomes a sort of reward for folks who were beginning to wonder if the skies would ever clear. From fishing, to gardening, to simply taking a walk, plans to venture out mean increased foot traffic for local towns.  One downside to throngs of people being out-and-about is the increased risk of becoming a pedestrian accident victim.

While most are aware that pedestrians should pay close attention to traffic signals, use crosswalks where appropriate and check for traffic, especially before crossing the street, sometimes pedestrian accidents are the fault of a vehicle driver. In some cases, nothing can be done on the part of a person on foot to prevent a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. These types of accidents are especially tragic, because as the driver flees, the victim lays helpless and injured. 

Weekend motorcycle accident leaves man dead

Connecticut residents may find themselves among the thousands of Americans who enjoy driving motorcycles, both as an efficient method of transportation and an enjoyable pastime. While certainly, most motorcyclists will say that nothing can match the thrill of a beautiful day on the open road, they also know that there is always the risk of a serious motorcycle crash. While obeying speed limits and other traffic laws, proper safety courses and wearing a helmet can go a long way to prevent tragedy, the potential for motorcycle accident injury remains a major concern. 

Recently, on I-95 Northbound, a 30-year old man somehow lost control of his motorcycle. He was thrown from the bike. The portion of the highway where the crash occurred had three northbound lanes, and the rider and the motorcycle were subsequently struck by a box truck and a sedan. 

Charges follow after fatal accident in racing challenge

Many people like fast cars. There are movies, NASCAR races and car shows to feed the need for speed in individuals. However, speeding on the roadway not only could lead to a fine but could also lead to a fatal accident. Tragically, three people in Connecticut lost their lives last year in an accident blamed on speeding.

A young man has been charged recently with manslaughter for the deaths of three people in a crash one year ago. According to reports, two drivers were arguing about whose car was faster. The pair then agreed to settle the argument with a race.

Man dies attempting to help woman in pedestrian accident

Weather can play a major factor in the cause of an accident. It is imperative for Connecticut drivers to be aware of their surroundings in a bad storm. Depending on the severity of a storm, drivers will need to consider driving at a slower speed or pulling off the road until it is safer to proceed. However, as some take the risk of continuing to maneuver through a treacherous storm on a roadway, it raises the risk of a potential pedestrian accident.

Recently, a 64-year-old man struck a woman who was leaving her job after completing her shift. At the time of the incident, it was dark and rainy. As the man got out of his car to help the woman, he was then hit by another vehicle.

Man dies in fatal accident after driver fails to stop

A driver's quick look off the road can result in serious injury or a deadly accident. It's a common occurrence to many Connecticut drivers as one may take a look down at the radio, phone, food, etc. However, as soon as a driver's gaze is redirected back to the road, he or she may see a stopped car only a few feet away. Many times, that's all it takes to cause a fatal accident.

Recently, an elderly man lost his life in a similar accident. The car crash involved multiple vehicles early on a Friday morning. As the car approached a traffic light, the driver failed to stop, slamming into the stopped vehicle in front the car. This, in turn, caused a chain reaction, as two other vehicles were also hit.

Man charged with wrongful death of two men

Road laws are in place to keep traffic flowing at a steady pace and to avoid potential accidents. However, when a law is broken by a driver, it puts others on or near the road at risk. Recently, a Connecticut man was charged with the wrongful death of two men when he caused a collision after driving the wrong way on a roadway in Norwalk earlier this year.

On Jan. 8, the 33-year-old driver crossed over center lanes with his vehicle. As he was driving in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic, he collided with the other car head-on. Unfortunately, the driver and passenger of the other vehicle died soon at the scene of the accident.

Motorist sought in hit-and-run pedestrian accident

Driving after midnight can often lead to an accident. Motorist error may be due to falling asleep at the wheel or having their vision impaired by the lack of light. A nighttime accident can also be caused by alcohol or drug impairment as a driver may be leaving a late night party. Regardless of the reason, pedestrians may be in danger of a negligent driver. Late one recent evening, a Connecticut man lost his life in a hit\-and\-run pedestrian accident.

During the first hours on a recent Saturday, a 32-year-old man was hit by a vehicle near Exit 2 on Interstate 84. At the time of the incident, the motorist fled the scene. Law enforcement found the man's vehicle parked in the right shoulder, and the man deceased in the right lane.

Mother of 2 killed in pedestrian accident

When leaving for work, most people expect to make it home by the end of the workday. However, as people walk to their place of employment, whether it be from their home, parking lot or train station, there is a risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. In the busy morning hours of a workday, it is important for Connecticut drivers to be aware of pedestrians walking in or near the roadway.

Earlier this year, a 58-year-old mother of two lost her life when she was reporting to work. As she exited the train station near her job, she was struck by a van driven by a 29-year-old man. It is reported that soon after 7 a.m., the driver was making a right hand turn when he struck the woman. The man remained on the scene for the arrival of medical help for the pedestrian. She later died from the injuries she suffered in the accident.

Elderly woman dies in pedestrian accident

Shopping centers tend to have heavy foot traffic and motor traffic. It is imperative to drive through a parking lot of a busy shopping center slowly and with awareness to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, sometimes the combination of pedestrians and motor vehicles can lead to serious injury or death. Recently, a Connecticut woman lost her life in a pedestrian accident shortly after exiting a marketplace.

During the late hours of a recent evening, an 80-year-old woman walked out of the market and was struck by a car. As she was hit, her leg became wedged under the front passenger side of the vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital as soon as emergency crews were able to release her leg. At the time of the accident, the elderly woman was conscious and alert, leaving hope that she would recover from her injuries.

Man dies in pedestrian accident

Accidents caused by distracted driving is a common occurrence. A driver's attention can easily be diverted with texting, making phone calls, eating on the go or breaking up a sibling fight in the back seat. Unfortunately, serious injury or death can occur when there is a deviation from the task of driving. Recently, a Connecticut man was charged with taking a life of another in a pedestrian accident due to being distracted while driving.

In May 2017, the 64-year-old victim had pulled his car over onto the right shoulder of a curve on Interstate 84. The reason for his stop was not reported, but as he exited his car, the man was then hit by a 19-year-old motorist. Sadly, the elder man died soon after the incident.