Connecticut residents are very familiar with the numerous state routes that make up the majority of the state’s roadways. Though they are frequently more scenic, there are potential drawbacks to these roadways, including little to no lighting along with no dividers, to name a couple. They often can provide the perfect scenario for a head-on collision.
This exact thing happened recently in Norfolk. A man and a woman were reportedly traveling westbound in the man’s Cadillac Escalade when the man apparently crossed over into the eastbound lane. He crashed head-on into a delivery box truck.
The man died at the scene of the accident. The woman was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment for her injuries, and the hospital listed her as stable. The driver of the delivery box truck was also transported to a local hospital via an ambulance for treatment of his injuries, which were apparently minor.
Authorities were still investigating the accident at last report. They were not sure if the man and woman had been wearing seatbelts, but both airbags had deployed. Authorities had determined that the driver of the box truck had been wearing his seatbelt, and they reported that this likely saved him from greater injury, given the severity of the accident.
It remains to be seen what the authorities discover in their investigation. They are likely trying to determine if negligence in any way contributed to the head-on collision. Both surviving victims might have a right under Connecticut state law to seek restitution from the Escalade driver’s estate if that is the case. A successfully litigated claim could help cover the financial and emotional toll that the tragedy has brought on.
Source: registercitizen.com, Police identify man killed in Norfolk crash, Mercy A. Quaye, Dec. 31, 2013