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 worksite and stood within 30 feet past the southern cone.
Pedestrian-versus-car accidents usually revolve around a negligent or reckless driver. However, a large intersection in Stamford illustrates that public infrastructure can play a dangerous role in pedestrian accidents.
A recent pedestrian fatality in New Haven has raised concerns over the state and local governments' ability to safeguard pedestrians. Proposed legislation and safety regulations to prevent pedestrian accidents have received new attention.
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.
As traffic rushes by on a busy street, pedestrians walk alongside on sidewalks on to their destinations. Most of the time, vehicles and pedestrians do not cross paths in a negative way and everyone gets to where they're going without incident. Sometimes accidents happen when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. This was the case for a woman in Connecticut who was struck and killed by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident.
Connecticut ranks among the lower half of the states in pedestrian safety according to a report issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition. The state was also designated the 27th worst state for pedestrian safety according to the report, Dangerous by Design 2014. The report found that 351 residents were killed in pedestrian accidents on Connecticut's roads from 2003 to 2012.
Connecticut pedestrians and bicyclists have no protection against vehicles. This disparity was strikingly obvious in an April 27 bicyclist fatality.
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.
Reckless drivers can imperil Connecticut pedestrians of any age. For example, New Haven police are searching for the driver of a white van that struck a 9-year-old girl as she ran from a school bus at the intersection of Ferry and Pine Streets during the morning of Mar. 18.
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.