A recent two-car accident on Connecticut Route 20 that initially caused five injuries has led to its first death, that of a six-year-old girl who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, nearly a week after the event. The incident offers a glimpse into some of the considerations that must go into making any decision whether to pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims in connection with any car or truck collision.
The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, including the participation of accident reconstruction specialists. What is known is that the two vehicles involved apparently hit each other head-on.
Multi-vehicle collisions will by their very nature result in at least the possibility of legal claims for property damage. Personal injury claims will also arise if injuries also result. Medical expenses in connection with injuries — including fatal injuries, in this case — can also be a part of a wrongful death action if one of those injured in the accident dies some time after the crash from accident-related injuries.
There can be many factors to consider when contemplating what legal actions may be available to you after a collision, and especially after a fatal motor vehicle accident. A personal injury attorney with experience in vehicle collision cases can help to identify possible parties to an legal action, what causes of action may exist, and how to investigate the underlying facts and to gather information necessary to evaluate and if necessary to prepare a lawsuit for property, personal injury and wrongful death damages.
Source: Telegram.com, “Route 20 crash in Sturbridge claims life of 6-year-old Worcester girl,” Kim Ring, June 24, 2015