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Even minor car accidents can turn deadly

Many Connecticut residents have been involved in fender benders that cause more property damage than anything else. The occupants of the vehicles involved in these minor car accidents are fortunate to walk away with little impact on their lives, and they are often considered little more than an inconvenience. Some of these minor accidents, however, can turn deadly as other vehicles come upon the initial wreck and cause a second accident.

For example, a Connecticut woman recently died after what began as a minor collision. A vehicle had stopped in front of her to make a left turn when the crash occurred. The woman got out of her car and was standing behind it when a third vehicle slammed into her. That vehicle was driven by an 84-year-old man. 

The 33-year-old woman suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where medical personnel attempted to save her life. Sadly, her injuries were just too severe, and she later succumbed to them. It was not reported whether anyone else suffered any injuries in the crash. It was also not reported whether the elderly driver is facing any charges in connection with the incident.

Even if his actions are not considered criminal, the woman's family may still exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against him. Before a Connecticut civil court will consider damage claims, however, the family will need to provide the court with appropriate evidence of that driver's negligence. If established, the court will then consider awarding the family damages often seen in fatal car accidents.

Source: ctpost.com, "Ansonia woman killed in motor vehicle accident", Jim Shay, Sept. 18, 2015

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