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Fatal pedestrian accident could result in wrongful death lawsuit


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 04, 2014 in Pedestrian Accidents

Facing the death of a loved one is usually a difficult thing for most. When that person’s death is sudden and unexpected another layer of emotion is added to that difficulty. When it is the result of an action taken on the part of another person, it is that much worse. A situation that illustrates this is when someone is killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle.

Sadly, the family of 67-year-old pedestrian who was killed last month in Connecticut, likely knows all too well how this feels.

The man was attempting to cross a street on foot a little after 6:30 p.m., when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a resident of Cheshire. Though following the incident the man was taken to an area hospital for treatment, he sadly did not make it.

Specifics regarding exactly what happened are not clear and an investigation has been commenced into the accident. It is possible that the fact it was dark when the incident occurred, may have resulted in the driver not seeing the man attempting to cross the road. At this point the driver of the automobile has not been criminally charged.

Just because a driver involved in a fatal accident does not face criminal charges, it does not mean that he or she will not face legal action. If in this case, the investigation indicates that negligence on the part of the woman behind the wheel contributed to the fatal accident occurring, it is possible that she could be sued for wrongful death. While there is no question that financial compensation cannot replace the life of a loved one who is lost, it sometimes helps to lessen the blow by providing some financial relief.

Source: FOX Connecticut, “Identities released in fatal pedestrian accident in Cheshire" Samantha Schoenfeld, Nov. 24, 2014