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Losing a loved one in a car accident can be a traumatic and scary situation. Family members may feel grief and anger if the accident happened for a senseless reason. For example, if someone was speeding at the time of the car crash, this can be considered driver negligence. In these types of car accidents in Connecticut, the family of the victim has the right to seek monetary damages, in an effort to ease pain and suffering and cover end-of-life expenses. This can be done even if the individual believed to have caused the accident also died in the event.

Two men recently died in a vehicle accident in Connecticut. First, a loud, explosive sound was heard by police. They then saw a vehicle overcome with flames in a lot. One person was ejected from the vehicle while another man was still inside. Both men died at the scene of the accident, authorities said.

In this situation, the police may find that the driver of the vehicle was behaving negligently or recklessly when the crash happened. If the driver had been speeding, for example, this could be used to establish liability in a civil lawsuit in Connecticut. The family members of the passenger have the right, in such a case, to file a lawsuit seeking monetary damages.

Financial restitution could help cover expenses associated with a fatal car crash, such as funeral costs. Even though the driver died in the incident, if his negligence is found to be the cause of the crash, the family can still file a claim against his estate and anyone else who owned the vehicle. Liability must first be established to the satisfaction of the civil court, when it comes to fatal car accidents, before claims for monetary damages will be determined in favor of the victim.

Source: Hartford Courant, Two Killed In Fiery Hartford Crash, Mike Magnoli, Oct. 12, 2013