Fatal car accidents can leave whole communities reeling with grief and searching for answers, and this may be especially true when the victims are young. A recent single-vehicle crash in Orange, Connecticut, took the life of an 18-year-old driver and injured three young passengers.
All three passengers are teenage girls, two of whom, 13 and 17, suffered severe injuries and were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital in serious condition. A 15-year-old girl also in the vehicle was treated at a hospital and released.
As of Sept. 23, the crash was still under investigation, but it is believed that the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle, which collided with a utility pole.
Several witnesses called 911 after the accident, and emergency responders found that only one occupant of the car was responsive at the scene of the crash.
Police in Orange have asked that anyone who witnessed the accident call the department and offer details.
The young man who died graduated from West Haven High School last spring, and the other injured parties are students either at West Haven High School or Bailey Middle School. Crisis counseling and student support services are being offered at both schools.
With single-vehicle accidents in which the driver dies and passengers are injured, it is important to fully investigate the cause of the crash. Injured parties are often left with high medical bills and serious and sometimes permanent injuries.
In these cases, it would seem that an insurance company would do the right thing and cover the injured party's expenses, but unfortunately that isn't always the case. When these difficult situations arise, accident victims may need legal support in addition to the physical and emotional support necessary after a devastating crash.
Source: The Courant, "Two Teens Remain in Serious Condition After Fatal Orange Crash," Bill Leukhardt and Kelly Glista, Sept. 23, 2013