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Some fatal car accidents are caused by running stop signs

People should obey traffic laws for reasons other than simply to avoid getting a ticket. Connecticut's traffic laws also exist in order to eliminate -- or at least limit -- the number of car accidents that could occur in the absence of such laws. Something as simple as running a stop sign could lead to serious injuries and/or death of those involved.

For example, in Sept. 2015, an 18-wheeler and a passenger car were involved in a crash at an intersection on Route 66. It was approximately 4 p.m. on the day the crash occurred that a car occupied by four people was hit by the tractor-trailer. Two of the passengers, a 19-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, suffered fatal injuries in the impact and were pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old driver suffered serious injuries for which she was taken to an area hospital before being taken to a second hospital by helicopter. The fourth individual suffered only minor injuries.

The investigation determined that the driver of the passenger car failed to stop at a stop sign, which put the car in the path of the 18-wheeler. It was decided that she should be charged with negligent homicide and failing to obey a stop sign. Recently, she gave herself up to police in order to face the charges.

As the criminal case progresses, the families of the deceased passengers could use evidence from that case in any wrongful death claims filed in a Connecticut civil court. Evidence is required to establish that negligence caused or contributed to the deaths of their loved ones. If successful, the court might consider an award of damages that could help with the financial hardships that can follow car accidents.

Source: fox61.com, "Hebron teen turns herself in for accident that killed 2 fellow UConn students", Jim McKeever, April 16, 2016

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