When someone is walking near the road, on a sidewalk or wherever they have the right of way, the hope is that drivers will pay attention and yield. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t yield to pedestrians who have the right of way, leading to serious crashes that result in severe injuries and death.
Take for example a case in Meriden in which a pedestrian who died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. The man, who was initially severely injured, ended up passing away at the MidState Medical Center sometime later.
After an investigation, it was discovered that a 26-year-old woman had been driving the vehicle that hit the man. The police were able to locate the vehicle and saw that it had significant front-end damage from the collision.
The woman is now charged with evading responsibility resulting in a person’s death and for reckless driving. It’s not yet clear what the cause of the collision was.
When a pedestrian is hit, the driver responsible is required by law to stay at the scene. They should also call for emergency assistance when the pedestrian is injured. Even if they try to evade their responsibilities, however, the authorities can often track them down.
If you were injured by a careless driver or your loved one was killed, find out more about your legal options. Whether a driver is charged with a crime or not is irrelevant to your right to seek compensation for your losses. When drivers make mistakes, the people they injure should not have to shoulder the burden of financial losses on top of their physical injuries.