When a pedestrian hit by a car experiences fatal injuries, his surviving family members can oftentimes face financial burden along with emotional devastation after the accident. Overcoming the combination of the two can seem insurmountable, especially since there may be a feeling that negligent actions brought about the tragedy. Recently a Connecticut man was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
There were very few details available about the pedestrian accident that killed the man. The accident took place in Hartford in the early morning hours. The victim was reportedly in his early 30s. It was not immediately clear where he was walking when he was struck by the vehicle, or how fast the vehicle might have been traveling when he struck the man. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby local hospital where he was declared dead.
The driver who struck the pedestrian apparently fled the scene. The few witnesses who were available with eyewitness accounts reported that the vehicle involved was mid-2000 model Infinity. For obvious reasons, when the driver left the scene of the accident, his or her vehicle had right front-end damage.
Officials have not released the cause or events leading up to the incident as they have been unable to locate the driver to conduct an interview. Authorities have reached out to the public with a description of the vehicle that was likely involved in the accident, asking any witnesses with more information to come forward. Once the driver has been located and liability has been determined, the investigation may been completed.
Naturally, much determines on the result of the pending investigation. A case may filed by the surviving family members of the man killed in this hit-and-run pedestrian accident should the driver's actions be proven to be negligent or reckless. Family members of the deceased may seek compensation to cover final expenses and loss of companionship. Since the man was also young, they may also have grounds to see loss of future income. Gaining an understanding of how Connecticut law allows for such litigation may help the family determine which damages to seek.
Source: The Hartford Guardian, Hartford Police Probe Hit-and-Run Accident on Maple Avenue, No author, Nov. 24, 2013