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Will family file wrongful death suit against driver's estate?

Being told that a loved one died in an accident here in Connecticut can be a shocking blow to any family. However, when surviving family members discover that the death was caused by the negligence of another party or parties, it can make the news even more devastating. Even if it is not possible to achieve closure through the criminal courts, it might be possible to do so through the litigation of a wrongful death claim in Connecticut's civil court system.

The family of a 30-year-old man might exercise its rights after a head-on collision took his life recently. The man was headed southbound on Route 8 just after 1 a.m. At the same time, a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old woman was headed toward his vehicle headed north. Somewhere around exit 13, it veered into the oncoming lane of traffic.

The two vehicles collided head-on around exit 15. Both drivers suffered severe injuries in the impact and did not survive. Officials at the scene pronounced both of them dead. The Connecticut State Police conducted the investigation, which closed a portion of Route 8 for around six hours.

Any evidence gathered from that report and an independent investigation could be used to establish negligence in a wrongful death claim filed by the surviving family members of the southbound driver. If the court rules that the actions of the northbound driver negligently caused or contributed to the death of their loved one, an award of damages could be made. Such an outcome could provide the family with some sense of closure, along with restitution for the financial losses incurred because of the accident.

Source: ctpost.com, "Wrong-way driver kills 2 on Route 8", Jim Shay, May 19, 2016

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