Connecticut drivers know that if an accident occurs, the proper thing to do is to stop their vehicle as safely as they can, try to call for help and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Sometimes, people’s actions in the minutes after an accident occurs are the difference between life and death for people who have suffered injuries. Even if a person fears they are at fault and have caused injuries or damage to another, running away is never the right thing to do, and is against the law. Unfortunately, a recent motorcycle crash turned fatal for the rider, and the driver who struck him fled the scene.
A Connecticut man struck a motorcycle being operated by another man, and did not immediately stop. Camera footage showed that the man stopped several streets later. He was then confronted by a person who had seen the crash, but he drove off again. The 37-year-old motorcycle driver lay injured at the scene, and when help arrived, it was determined that the injuries he had suffered were fatal.
The dash cam footage helped police identify the driver who fled, and they were able to apprehend him later. An investigation into the incident revealed that in addition to fleeing the scene of the accident, the man was also under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and did not even have a valid drivers license. Charges were filed accordingly, with additional charges for negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility involving the death of a person and making an improper turn.
When a loved one dies as a result of a motorcycle crash, families are often in a state of shock. In these circumstances, it can be helpful to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to help families as they prepare to deal with the aftermath, which can include funeral expenses, medical bills, vehicle damages and possible legal action against the driver believed to have been at fault. Allowing an attorney to help handle the legal aspects of a wrongful death claim can give families the time and privacy they need to properly grieve the loss of a loved one.