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Even in summer, counselors are available after teen car accidents

There seems to be at least some sense of immortality that comes with being a teenager who has his or her whole life ahead. When a friend dies unexpectedly, many teens are faced with the fragility of life and the real possibility that it can end at any time. For this reason, Connecticut schools might provide access to counselors after car accidents in which a teenage student dies -- even in the summer.

One school superintendent here in Connecticut recently advised that a counselor would be available to students in the aftermath of a crash in which one of the area's high school students suffered critical injuries. Preliminary reports reveal that the 16-year-old was a passenger in a car that somehow left the road and ended up careening through the woods. He was thrown out of the vehicle during the accident. His current condition was not reported.

Police do not yet know what caused the 17-year-old driver to lose control of the car. Officials did say, however, that the driver and the other 16-year-old passenger suffered only minor injuries in the crash, which is credited to the fact that they were both wearing seat belts. The critically injured teen was presumably not wearing one.

The fact that the injured teen was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident does not mean that a personal injury claim cannot be filed. Under the Connecticut law governing negligence in car accidents, as long as a party was not more than 51 percent responsible for his or her injuries, an award of damages is possible, but would be reduced by the percentage of responsibility the court assigns to the injured party. Therefore, the boy's parents should not allow the fact that he was not properly restrained at the time of the accident keep them from seeking restitution for the financial losses they are incurring due to the crash.

Source: connecticut.news12.com, "Student critically injured in Redding crash", June 28, 2016

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