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$5.5M settlement reached in UConn pedestrian death lawsuit

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.

Academically gifted and planning to attend medical school post-graduation, the 20-year-old's life was cut short when he was hit by the campus bus which was driven by another student. Since the young man's death in 2011, his parents have called for UConn officials to make changes to their work-study program which allows students to become on-campus bus drivers.

In response, UConn officials assert that students employed as on-campus bus drivers go through a rigorous training program where they are supervised and routinely audited. What's more, officials contend student bus drivers are forced to undergo the same screening and training process as any individual seeking to earn a commercial drivers license in the state of Connecticut.

Since the tragic fatal accident in 2011, UConn has implemented a new program aimed to promote the safety of both pedestrians and bus drivers. Through the "Safe Turn Alert" program, buses are now equipped with alerts that warn pedestrians when a bus is turning. Likewise, this same system reminds bus drivers to check both ways prior to making a turn.

Pedestrians injured in car accidents often sustain serious or even fatal injuries. In most cases, these injuries result in costly medical bills, lost wages and permanent and debilitating injuries. An attorney who is experienced in handling such cases can help ensure an individual or family receive just compensation.

Source: The Daily Campus, "UConn, Plamondons settle lawsuit at $4 million," Abby Mace, Sep. 16, 2013

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