The Connecticut Supreme Court recently addressed a wrongful death lawsuit for a fatal pedestrian accident involving a flying log that crashed into the decedent while a state highway crew was cutting down a tree. The court reviewed the award of a $1.3 million verdict for the victim's family. Crews placed warning cones 83 feet south and 100 north of the tree even though industry standards for workers only required their placement at 55 feet. The victim, however, approached the work-site and stood within 30 feet past the southern cone.
Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. However, the Governor's Highway Safety Association has recognized that this problem is not limited to Connecticut and has impacted the entire country. The GHSA represents state highway safety bureaus that operate programs to address highway safety issues such as passenger protection, impaired driving and speeding.
A vehicle recently struck and killed a pedestrian as she walked in a crosswalk in Stamford. A member of the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board visited the site of this fatal pedestrian accident and said that cars cannot stop in time because of the location of the crosswalk.
According to a witness, a car that came out of nowhere struck and killed a 49-year-old Wallingford man who was crossing a road in New Haven on June 24. The motorist fled from the scene of the accident.
Vehicle-versus-pedestrian accidents are an all too common danger in this country and in Connecticut. Drivers sometimes fail to pay enough attention to others on the road, and people can get hurt. A chilling example occurred during a pedestrian accident in Newington on June 3.
Pedestrians are virtually unprotected against the size and force of vehicles. A fatal pedestrian accident in Preston, Connecticut on April 20, 2013 leading to the death of a U.S. Navy sailor waiting for a taxi is a vivid illustration of the lethal combination of impaired driving and pedestrians.
When someone is at work, often times his or her employer is responsible for him or her. Imagine a truck driver is barreling down a highway outside of Bridgeport and collides with a car. While the family in the car can certainly sue the driver of the truck, it is likely that they can sue the company for which the driver works, too. Not only does this provide injured victims with the potential access to more money to pay for costly medical bills, but it is also a way to hold the company responsible for the trucker's bad driving.
New Milford was the scene of a serious pedestrian accident earlier this week when a pedestrian was struck by a car traveling along Route 7. The early evening accident happened just after 5 p.m., but it is unknown just how dark it was. Witnesses have reported that drivers often speed on Route 7, which may have been the cause of this accident. Although it is unclear if the pedestrian was seriously injured, these kinds of accidents could mean serious disabilities, long-term injuries or death.