A fatal automobile accident is always a devastating event for the loved ones of those who died. Families may seek answers as to how such a thing could occur only to find that there are no simple explanations. Car accidents can be particularly tragic when the victims are very young. One Connecticut mother lost her infant daughter several months ago and has only recently spoken of the pain of her loss.
The accident occurred when the woman was riding in an SUV driven by her sister. The sister’s son and the woman’s daughter were in the backseat. A teen driver failed to stop at a red light and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle rolled before stopping on a telephone pole — the baby girl was killed and the little boy suffered a serious head injury. An investigation indicated that the children were secured in car seats exactly as the law dictates but that the impact of the crash was too much for the little girl to survive.
Authorities say that the teenager was not using a cell phone at the time of the accident. The teen also wasn’t driving under the influence — there is no word on why the driver ran the red light. The teen faces charges of manslaughter and assault with a vehicle. The mothers of both children want the driver to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for her crimes.
The mothers of both children could potentially decide to file personal injury lawsuits against the teen who caused the crash and her parents or guardians — since she is a minor, they are likely accountable for her actions. The Connecticut mother of the little girl who died may choose to file a wrongful death claim in addition to the criminal charges the driver faces. If such a claim were successfully litigated, it may offer financial compensation that could be used to cover unpaid medical expenses, funeral costs, and ease the pain and suffering of the mother. Car accidents like this are tragic, but there are ways to help the mother with her loss.
Source: nbcconnecticut.com, Mother Speaks Out About Losing Infant Daughter After Deadly Crash, No author, Jan. 16, 2014