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Drivers do not always survive the car accidents they cause

In the aftermath of an accident, victims who suffered serious injuries are entitled to file personal injury claims. However, when the drivers involved in these car accidents do not survive, the victims might be confused as to where to turn. Fortunately for the injured parties, Connecticut law allows claims to be filed against the deceased driver's estate.

For example, three people -- two 37-year-old women and a 4-year-old boy -- entrusted their lives to a 57-year-old woman. As they traveled east on Route 4, the woman somehow strayed into oncoming traffic right into the path of a westbound commercial vehicle. The driver suffered severe injuries in the crash from which she died.

All three of her passengers suffered unknown injuries for which they were taken to different hospitals. The child was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. A 28-year-old passenger in the truck also suffered injuries. The current conditions of all four victims were not reported. According to reports, officials are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The details gathered during the investigation could be used as evidence in any personal injury claims filed in connection with this accident against the driver's estate. The first part of any civil action is to establish that the injuries suffered by the victims were caused due to the negligence of another, which in this case would be the woman who was driving the car. If negligence is proved, the court will consider awarding damages to an injured party similar to those seen in other car accidents.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Woman Killed, 4 Injured in Crash on Route 4 in Burlington", Dec. 3, 2015

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