Truck smashes into back of disabled vehicle
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 30, 2014 in Truck Accidents
Police are looking into an accident in southern Connecticut that has left one woman dead and left one woman injured. The accident happened on Baldwin Bridge on Interstate 95 South in Old Lyme. Though the woman who was injured was later released, she may be able to seek compensation for her injuries should there be sufficient evidence that the truck driver who hit her car was at all negligent. Moreover, the surviving family members of the 58-year-old woman who was killed may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, too.
The accident happened after the injured woman's Acura Integra became disabled on the bridge. After it was stopped, it was rear-ended by a Ryder rental truck driven by a 23-year-old man. The truck then hit several other cars, but no one in those vehicles were injured. Tragically, the woman's passenger was the 58-year-old who died.
Though some may say that this accident is the woman's fault, there could be evidence pointing to the truck driver. If there is anything that shows that the woman's car was stopped long enough that an observant driver would have been able to stop or otherwise avoid the accident, it could be considered the trucker's fault. Moreover, if there is any evidence that shows the truck driver was distracted or otherwise reckless, he may find himself defending against personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Though it is technically possible to file one or both of these lawsuits without the help of a lawyer, doing so is taking an incredible risk. These kinds of lawsuits rely on skilled legal analysis and arguments that most nonlegally trained people don't know how to make. And, since the compensation that can come from one of these lawsuits could be incredibly important, it is a risk most people are not willing to make.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "One Dead in Crash on I-95 in Old Lyme," Jan. 7, 2014