Connecticut holds negligent or reckless drivers financially responsible for injuries caused to victims of car accidents. However, a party who was not in the driver's seat or even the car during the crash may also be held liable for these accidents.
Connecticut law prohibits driving a vehicle a speeds greater than the legal speed limit or at a rate that could endanger the life of any passenger. Another law forbids driving a car unreasonably fast or at a speed greater than is reasonable with regard to the highway's width, the use of the road, intersections and weather conditions. Violation of these laws may impose civil liability in lawsuits for car accidents.
Speeding drivers are a threat to other motorists and pedestrians in Connecticut. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration attributed 39 fatalities to speeding motorists in the state in 2012. Authorities believe that excessive speed caused a car accident on Mar. 24 in Bridgeport. The accident injured four people and involved several other vehicles and a convenience store.
There comes a point for many Norwalk families when the decision is made that grandma or grandpa can no longer drive and his or her license must be taken away. Oftentimes, this decision is made before a grandparent causes an accident, but sometimes an accident is what it takes to prompt family members to take action. Although drivers 65 and older are the safest drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, elderly drivers are certainly not immune to car crashes.