Wrongful Death Suit Possible in Connecticut Drunk Driving Crash

When people are killed in a Connecticut motor vehicle wreck that resulted because someone was driving drunk, their families can be devastated, especially because this type of collision could have been prevented. Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have fatal consequences because alcohol is a drug that impacts a person’s ability to make good judgment calls, to concentrate and to have effective coordination skills. When the driver is criminally charged in such a situation, this might not be adequate for a grieving family; financial damages in a wrongful death suit can also help to ease the family’s pain and suffering.

A single-vehicle accident led to the death of a 17-year-old woman. The automobile in which she was a passenger hit a tree, and the woman was ejected from it. The 17-year-old driver of this vehicle recently was arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter and drunk driving.

Another person was also arrested in connection with the accident. A man faces a charges associated with having a party that provided the alcohol that was involved in the vehicle crash. The charges include permitting minors to illegally possess liquor and reckless endangerment.

The 17-year-old man who is thought to have caused the accident now must face his drunk driving and manslaughter charges. However, his legal troubles may be far from over, as the family of the 17-year-old woman who was killed could choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against him as well. Financial restitution from a case that is successfully litigated can help to cover medical expenses linked to the accident as well as emotional distress and other damages permitted under Connecticut law. If the teenage driver is found guilty of his criminal charges, evidence of the conviction may help to establish liability in a related civil case.

Source: The Bulletin, Connecticut police: Man allowed party before fatal crash, No author, Dec. 12, 2013