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Car accidents involving only 1 vehicle can be deadly too

Fatal crashes involving multiple vehicles occur on an alarmingly consistent basis here in Connecticut. When people think of people dying in car accidents, they often think of these crashes. However, accidents involving only one vehicle have the potential of being just as deadly.

For example, the Connecticut State Police recently responded to a fatal wreck involving one car on Route 83, which is known locally as West Road, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Preliminary reports show that the 24-year-old driver of the car somehow lost control of it. When that happened, it rammed into an embankment, flipped and came to rest on its side.

At some point during the crash, the driver's 25-year-old passenger was ejected. She died at the scene from the injuries she suffered. The driver's injuries were significant enough to necessitate him being flown to a hospital in the area.

His current condition is not known. The portion of Route 83 where the crash took place did not reopen until approximately 5:30 a.m. No reports were given regarding whether any criminal charges are being contemplated against the driver.

Even if Connecticut officials determine that no charges are warranted, the woman's family may still file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Civil courts do not require the same level of proof as criminal courts. Therefore, establishing negligence, while not a given, is not as difficult. If negligence is proved, a civil court judge may then consider awarding the family damages consistent with those that are awarded in other car accidents.

Source: wfsb.com, "Woman killed in early morning Ellington crash", Michael Agogliati, Rob Polansky, Sujata Jain and Joseph Wenzel IV, Oct. 20, 2015

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