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Connecticut pedestrian accidents: Mom and daughter struck, hurt

Car accidents can be terrifying for victims, especially when they are hit by vehicles while crossing the street. Pedestrian accidents can be even more frightening when young children are involved. One such recent Connecticut pedestrian accident injured both a 45-year-old mother and her 7-year-old daughter while attempting to cross Main Street in Bridgeport. While the injuries were not classified as life-threatening, they could still lead to mounting medical bills that add stress to an already difficult situation.

Connecticut officials report that they are still investigating the reason that the 22-year-old driver struck the woman and her daughter. The collision occurred near the corner where Main Street meets Englewood Avenue. Reports indicate that the female driver did try to slam on her brakes and veer to miss the two pedestrians, but failed. She also stayed behind to wait for police to arrive upon the scene.

There was no word on whether the woman and her daughter were transported by ambulance to receive treatment. Any time that this proves to be the case, victims will often be charged for the ambulance ride in addition to the treatment that they receive. In the event that injuries are serious enough to require hospitalization or follow-up care, medical bills can become even more overwhelming.

For this reason, Connecticut personal injury laws allow victims of pedestrian accidents the chance to seek restitution in a civil court of law. By filing a personal injury suit, victims may be able to have their medical, ambulance and other relevant expenses reimbursed. This can help alleviate the financial pressure when they are also dealing with the emotional and physical trauma caused by being struck by a vehicle.

Source: ctpost.com, "Driver stops after hitting 2 pedestrians," Aug. 9, 2013

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