Many states require that motorcyclists wear helmets, and for good reason. Helmets protect the brain and help reduce the likelihood of head injuries and subsequent fatalities. Connecticut does require helmets, but not for all motorcyclists. Those who are 16 and 17 years old must wear a helmet, as well as those who are over age 18 and have only a permit. So what happens in fatal motorcycle wrecks when the motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet and is killed by another motorist? Does the absence of a helmet affect liability as well as compensation in a wrongful death case?
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An out-of-control car has claimed the life of one man and left a woman critically injured. The two pedestrians were standing outside of a vehicle when they were struck by a car in Southington, about 30 minutes outside Hartford.
They say that most accidents happen less than a mile from home; sadly, that was the case for an 81-year-old New Haven woman. She died on the morning of Oct. 30 after she was hit by a car while crossing an intersection.
To most Connecticut residents, nothing is worse than having a loved one suddenly pass away. This commonly happens in serious car crashes. Motor vehicle accidents are often caused by negligence, and when this negligence causes death, the surviving family members may be at a loss. How will they pay for medical bills or funeral expenses? Who will now financially provide for the victim's spouse and children? Fortunately, there are legal remedies available to help with these common financial worries.
When Connecticut drivers get behind the wheel of the car after drinking, they are making a choice to drive under the influence of alcohol. If they make the choice to drive when they are over the legal blood alcohol limit, they are putting other drivers, even their passengers at risk.
The parents of a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student were recently awarded a $5.5 million dollar settlement related to a wrongful death lawsuit they filed. The lawsuit stems from the tragic death of the 20-year-old after he was struck and killed while walking on campus by a UConn bus.
As most Connecticut teens head back to school, the mother of one 17-year-old is left with only memories of her beloved daughter. The girl, who would have been a senior in high school, was recently and tragically killed in a car accident. This and other similar accidents in which teenagers have been killed and injured are typically the result of a teen driver who is inexperienced, distracted or who has been drinking.
Teen drivers often lack the driving experience and skills to handle certain driving situations. As a result, teen drivers are more likely to be involved and injured in car accidents. Startling statistics related to teen drivers and fatal car accidents have prompted many states, including Connecticut, to enact laws aimed to protect teen drivers and teen passengers.
Drivers involved in car accidents often remark later how quickly things spun out of control. Many car accidents are the result of drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving practices and behaviors. Talking or texting on a cellphone, speeding and engaging with passengers are among some of the most common and dangerous driving behaviors that often result in a driver being involved in or causing a car accident.
Connecticut residents recently learned of a tragic car accident in which a 21-year-old New Haven woman lost her life. The fatal motor vehicle accident occurred during the early morning hours as five people crammed into one vehicle sped along a New York expressway.