Authorities and insurance companies are in agreement: even though accidents can happen at any time, at any place and to anyone, teenagers are more likely to get into an accident during their first year of driving than they are at any other time in their lives. A Connecticut juvenile experienced just that when she was recently involved in a fatal accident. The girl, a 17-year-old, crashed into another car in Manchester. The car she hit ended up rolling over.
Neither driver was hurt in the collision. The car that the teenager hit, however, had two babies in the back seat: an 11-month-old and a five-month-old. Both infants were in-car seats, as required by law, and had to be extricated from the car. The five-month-old baby died, though it was not immediately available if she was pronounced dead at the scene or later at the hospital. The 11-month-old child was last noted as critically injured in the hospital.
There was no clear indication of what the relationship was between the two children or the driver of the car and the two children. Regardless, at least one family has been horribly impacted by this accident. While the results of the investigation were not immediately available, the juvenile was charged with third-degree assault along with second-degree manslaughter.
Sadly, a life was lost in this fatal accident in Connecticut before it really had a chance to begin. The five-month-old baby’s family has the right to file a wrongful death claim to seek restitution for their loss. Doing so could ease the financial strain brought on by the event. The family of the surviving baby has the right to file a personal injury claim, which can help cover medical bills that have accumulated. Regardless, no doubt this tragic accident’s lasting effect will be felt for years to come.
Source: nbcconnecticut.com, Teen Charged in Crash That Killed 5-Month Old, No author, Jan. 15, 2014