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Driving within designated lanes is a basic principle taught during high school driver’s education classes. However, for various reasons — such as driving while distracted — some drivers end up crossing the middle line of a roadway. If they fail to correct the error, they can quickly plow into other vehicles. The resulting auto accident can lead to serious injuries and even death in Connecticut.

One crash recently shut down Route 202 when two vehicles were driving in opposite directions. The automobiles crashed into one another near an intersection. The accident happened when a car breached the center line and went into oncoming traffic.

The 32-year-old driver of this car passed away as a result of injuries stemming from the wreck. His 30-year-old passenger suffered broken bones and internal injuries and was transported to the hospital. The 55-year-old driver of the pickup truck that was struck by the car also suffered internal injuries and was taken to the hospital via helicopter.

The estate of the deceased driver who apparently went over the center line may be sued by the injured victims of the crash, and any separate owner of the car he was driving at the time of the collision also may also be named as a defendant. Failure to maintain one’s lane may be considered negligent driving, and proof of this may be offered in Connecticut as evidence of a causal factor in such an auto accident. Any financial restitution awarded from a successfully presented case can be used to help with medical costs and other expenses that are tied to the accident and recognized under our state personal injury laws.

Source: rep-am.com, One dead, two hurt in Litchfield Crash, No author, Jan. 24, 2014