Connecticut mother wants driver held accountable for fatal crash
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 22, 2014 in Wrongful Death
It's been approximately four months since two sisters were riding in an SUV with their children safely secured in their car seats in the back seat. That September day, however, ended tragically when a car allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the SUV, causing a fatal accident. It was the mother's infant daughter who lost her life in what appears to be a completely preventable accident.
Although the family are pushing for criminal sanctions against the 17-year-old girl who was behind the wheel, the mother may also wish to consider a wrongful death lawsuit. Unlike a criminal conviction, which requires there be evidence that shows the teenager's actions constituted manslaughter and assault beyond a reasonable doubt, a civil wrongful death lawsuit only requires a preponderance of the evidence. In layman's terms, a wrongful death lawsuit requires far less evidence of wrongdoing than a criminal conviction. And both will hold the teenager responsible for running a red light.
The force of the collision was enough to roll the SUV, sending the vehicle into a telephone pole. Moreover, it was not just the mother's daughter who was injured. The sister's 11-month-old son also suffered a serious head injury in the crash. Even with their car seats, the crash was severe enough to cause injury and death.
It remains to be seen why the young woman refused to stop at the light. What is clear, however, is that the driver was not drunk, nor was she on a cellphone at the time of the crash. That may just mean, however, that she was extremely negligent.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Mother Speaks Out About Losing Infant Daughter After Deadly Crash," Jan. 16, 2014