In New London and throughout Connecticut, drivers taking to the road in their vehicles after drinking or using drugs is a constant danger. Because DUIs negatively impact judgment, reflexes and attentiveness, accidents can happen with injuries and fatalities. Pedestrians are especially at risk. Pedestrians who are hit by a car are prone to serious injuries and death. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one should think about their options to recover compensation for what they have lost.
Alleged drunk driver hits and kills pedestrian
A 52-year-old man who was out walking was hit by a car and killed. The accident happened in the evening at about 8:30 p.m. The victim was crossing the street and a vehicle going south stopped to let him cross. However, an SUV passed that vehicle and hit the man. After the crash, emergency crews went to the scene and found the victim lying in the street. The vehicle subsequently hit a utility pole. The pedestrian died at the site of the crash. The 39-year-old driver was given a field sobriety test and failed. He was then brought for more tests. He faces charges for DUI. The investigation is continuing.
The aftermath of a fatal accident and what can be done
One of the worst calls a family can get is to tell them that their loved one was killed in an auto accident. Making it even more difficult is if it was due to a driver who was under the influence. An unexpected death can result in financial, personal and emotional challenges that can be difficult to address. People should understand their rights when they lose a loved one in an auto accident. In Connecticut, there can be compensation for the pain and suffering and loss of life. Families can receive payments for funeral expenses, lost future earnings, a lack of companionship and more. A key is to gather the relevant information and take the necessary steps as soon as possible.
A law firm with experience and commitment to clients can help
Even in cases like this where a pedestrian was hit and killed in an apparent DUI, there are critical factors to remember. Evidence must be accrued and analyzed. The proper procedures should be followed to pursue a case. Before anything else, it is imperative to consult with experienced legal professionals who care about their clients and understand how to move forward with a wrongful death legal filing.