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Car accidents occur in every Connecticut city and town

Since the invention of the automobile, there have been car crashes. Even with the increase in safety measures since that time -- such as traffic control devices, seat belts and airbags -- every city and town in Connecticut experiences serious or deadly car accidents each year, just like the rest of the country. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are essentially unprotected, and nothing less than their lives are in jeopardy in an accident.

For example, a man leaving a pizza place sometime around 6 p.m. lost his life as he was crossing a street. Police say that as the Connecticut man made his way across the roadway, a vehicle traveling eastbound struck him. He was clinging to life when emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Even though they rushed him to Hartford Hospital, it was too late. The 68-year-old man's injuries were too severe to overcome, and medical personnel at the hospital pronounced him dead. The 35-year-old man driving the car suffered cuts to his face for which he was treated at Midstate Medical Center. Police are still investigating and ask that anyone with information about the crash to come forward.

In the meantime, the family of the victim is forced to say goodbye to their loved one. At some point, the financial impact of his death will become apparent. Fortunately, the family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car. If negligence is established by appropriate evidence, the family may be awarded damages similar to those in other car accidents.

Source: CBS Connecticut, "Meriden Man Struck, Killed In Pedestrian Accident", Nov. 18, 2015

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