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Connecticut auto accident causes death in New London County

Losing a loved one in a fatal vehicle accident in Connecticut can be a traumatizing experience that is truly agonizing to confront. The surviving family members may question why the accident happened and why their loved one had to be the one to end up an accident victim. Their sorrow may be accompanied my anger toward the person who is deemed to have caused the fatal crash. Although money cannot bring back a loved one or heal the broken hearts of a grieving family, it may help them to move forward financially after such a distressing auto accident.

A crash recently occurred on Interstate 95 in Old Lyme. Police said that a car operated by a 34-year-old woman had broken down on the southern part of a bridge. A Ryder rental truck then hit her vehicle, authorities said.

A passenger in the woman's car died as a result of the crash. The rental truck also struck two other automobiles, although no one in these vehicles was injured. The 23-year-old rental truck driver suffered injuries, but was treated at the hospital. The woman with the disabled car was also treated for injuries at a hospital.

The rental truck driver as well as the vehicle owner) might be held financially responsible for the death of the passenger in the car and the injured accident victims, depending upon what evidence is documented through a full investigation. This is particularly true if police find that the rental truck driver was speeding or driving while distracted, for instance. The deceased's loved ones may seek reimbursement for monetary damages stemming from the auto accident, such as medical expenses, funeral costs or even loss of support. Nevertheless, to prevail in a Connecticut civil courtroom, it will be necessary to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the death and/or injuries were caused by the negligence of another party to the tragic accident.

Source: nbcconnecticut.com, One Dead in Crash on I-95 in Old Lyme, No author, Jan. 26, 2014

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