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Some drivers attempt to avoid responsibility in car accidents

Most Connecticut drivers know that they are required to stop, render aid and report accidents. However, some drivers attempt to avoid responsibility for car accidents by fleeing the scene and/or lying to police about the circumstances surrounding the incident. In fact, police recently made an arrest concerning an accident that took place in 2013 because they now believe they can prove that the owner of the vehicle was lying when he claimed someone else was driving the vehicle.

On Sept. 15, 2013 at approximately 3:30 a.m., officers arrived at the scene of an accident. They discovered that the wrecked vehicle had run off the road and slammed into a tree. A 21-year-old man was apparently ejected during the crash. He suffered serious injuries that included a broken leg, hip and neck.

The owner of the vehicle told police that his friend was kidnapped during a carjacking. Since then, however, police have come to believe that the owner's story was not true. The authorities say that the owner -- who is now believed to be the driver on the night in question -- and two passengers were in the vehicle when it crashed. They reportedly told the injured victim that they were going to get help even though the owner's cell phone was located in the car. It took nearly two years for an arrest warrant to be issued and served.

Under similar circumstances and apart from any criminal charges, the injured victim would have the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the vehicle driver. Upon appropriate proof of negligence, a Connecticut civil court could enter an order for restitution to be paid to the victim. First, however, the victim must establish that his or her injuries were the result of another person's negligence. Any monetary restitution could help the victim with any past, current or future medical needs, along with other financial losses typically incurred in car accidents of this nature.

Source: Hamden, CT Patch, "Hamden Man Charged In Serious Accident With Injuries", Brian McCready, Aug. 6, 2015

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