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When we cross the street, we generally trust that drivers will obey traffic signals and the rules of the road. Likewise, motorists typically expect pedestrians to walk in properly marked areas and obey traffic directives. Sometimes in personal injury cases, determining fault in a pedestrian accident takes an in-depth investigation, especially when an insurance company or an at-fault driver seeks to shirk responsibility or even place the blame on the victim.

These issues may be going through the minds of Connecticut residents who were recently shocked by a devastating pedestrian accident in Meriden. At the time of a local report, authorities were still trying to piece together what happened, but the aftermath of the collision is quite clear.

At about 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 4, a man driving a gray Volvo in the northbound lane of Route 5 at North Broad Street in Meriden hit a 42-year-old pedestrian who was crossing the street. The pedestrian suffered extensive injuries and was transported to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver also suffered injuries to his face, chest and hand. He was transferred to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and listed in stable condition.

Victims of auto accidents should be fully aware of their legal rights to pursue compensation for any injuries or hardship. In cases in which a collision causes death, family members of the victim may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Such lawsuits are typically filed if it’s believed another party’s negligence caused the loss of a loved one.

Source: Hartford Courant, “Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck By Car In Meriden,” Christine Dempsey, Sept. 5, 2012

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