In Connecticut, surviving family members of a decedent killed by another person's negligent or reckless conduct can seek just damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation is awarded to the decedent's estate for distribution to family members. These damages include reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses, compensation for ending the decedent's capacity to enjoy life, payment for conscious pain and suffering, compensation for the death itself and payment of the value of the decedent's lost earning capacity minus deductions for living expenses and consideration that a present cash payment will be made.
The loss of a loved one carries severe emotional and financial challenges. A wrongful death action in Connecticut imposes economic and noneconomic compensation against a negligent party for the death of a family member to address these challenges.
Speed and size can be a dangerous combination for motorists in Connecticut. A passenger vehicle may have little protection against a semi-trailer, particularly a truck that is not driving at the speed appropriate for conditions. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported 14 fatalities involving large trucks in 2012 in Connecticut while speeding accounted for 39 deaths that year.
Motorcyclists have virtually no protection or structural defense against larger vehicles. These dangers are even further compounded when the driver of the other vehicle is elderly and suffers physical limitations.
Late last month, a motorcyclist was seriously hurt when he was hit near the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Whittier Street in Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood. The injured motorcyclist was rushed to St. Vincent's Medical Center in very serious condition. Initially, his injuries were thought to be life threatening, and it is unknown if doctors expect him to survive. Police were initially waiting to release information about the crash until after the biker's family had been contacted.