Impaired driving is a fatal threat to pedestrians. In Connecticut and throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 percent of all pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver or pedestrian in 2011. Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities by all causes in 2012, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also found that drunk driving accidents caused 85 deaths in the state for that year.
Many victims suffer when a car strikes a pedestrian. A particularly appalling pedestrian accident occurred in Hamden, Connecticut on July 11 when a woman with a disability suffered serious injuries in an alleged hit-and-run accident.
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.
Connecticut and at least 12 other states are beginning to review the potential risks of unregulated ride-share services that are summoned by passengers through a smart phone button. In this state, taxi and livery firms have filed a lawsuit against two of these services. A warning about possible insurance risks from using ride share services has also been issued by the state.
Connecticut residents know that victims of car accidents may be eligible for personal injury or wrongful claims if the accident was not their fault. After a recent area crash, one person was killed and two others were injured. Car accidents can have serious consequences, as illustrated by this tragic and seemingly unnecessary accident.
Accidents that involve pedestrians are usually somewhat ambiguous when it comes to determining who is at fault and whether the driver is liable to pay for the pedestrian's losses. Many pedestrian accidents in Connecticut and throughout the country involve young children running out into the street. In that case, the liability of the driver is usually extremely difficult to prove.