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Good Samaritans can become victims of car accidents, too

When people either witness accidents or come upon them in the first minutes after they happen, many of them do what they can to help those involved. However, good Samaritans can also become the victims of car accidents themselves, even as they are trying to help someone else. This was the fate of one Connecticut man who recently stopped to assist another motorist.

As he traveled north on Route 15 at approximately 6:30 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, he noticed a vehicle on the right shoulder. The vehicle had struck a deer, and the man stopped to see what he could do to help the driver. As he stood in the shoulder, another vehicle hit him.

The 54-year-old man was rushed to Midstate Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the crash. One of the other drivers involved, a 36-year-old man, also suffered injuries for which he was taken to Hartford Hospital. His injuries were characterized as not being life threatening.

No further details regarding the accident were available at the time of this writing. The investigation into the crash remains ongoing. Therefore, it is not known whether any criminal charges are being contemplated. Even if none are filed, the family of the deceased driver retains the right to file a wrongful death claim seeking damages typically awarded in Connecticut car accidents based upon evidence of negligence. In addition, if the other injured driver was not the one responsible for the crash that killed the good Samaritan, he may also be able to file a personal injury claim seeking restitution for his medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Source: wtnh.com, "Meriden man killed in New Year's Day crash", Dylan Hyman and Macy Corica, Jan. 1, 2016

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