When a Connecticut resident gets into a car with someone else behind the wheel, the resident is trusting the driver with his or her life. A passenger, after all, has very little control over what decisions the driver makes and even less control over what other drivers on the road are doing. The unfortunate truth is that a passenger in a one-car accident may suffer a serious injury or even death in some cases.
A recent accident involved a car that was carrying the driver plus three passengers. According to reports, the driver was exiting I-91 onto State Street when another car started a chain reaction. According to the driver, the second car cut him off, forcing him to swerve.
In doing so, however, the driver crashed into a utility pole. One of the passengers in the back seat was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the other two passengers were all transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries, though none of them appeared to be serious.
Authorities were still investigating the accident at last report. In cases like these, they often consider weather, speed, drugs and alcohol as possible contributing factors. Connecticut residents are protected under state law so that if a passenger in a one-car accident is injured in any way, they may have the right to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages. This can ease the stress brought on by the accident, allowing them to focus on getting better.
Source: wtnh.com, Man killed in New Haven crash, No author, Jan. 10, 2014