While some Connecticut car accidents are results of innocent mistakes that anyone could make, wrong-way accidents are another story, especially when high speeds are involved. Certainly, even a careful motorist can accidentally creep down a one-way street going the wrong direction on occasion; however, high-speed collisions that result from one driver going the wrong way down a one-way road are usually results of gross negligence or recklessness.
More often than not, these accidents involve a driver who is intoxicated by either drugs or alcohol. Even if that is not the case, however, anyone injured in a Connecticut wrong-way accident can still file a personal injury claim against the wrong-way driver, seeking compensation for their injuries.
In order to succeed in a car accident claim, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant driver violated a duty of care that was owed to the plaintiff and that the defendant’s violation of that duty was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Courts break this down into four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
In the case of a Connecticut DUI accident or wrong-way accident, the first two elements will usually be presumed because drunk driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way road are specifically proscribed in the vehicle code. Thus, it is common that plaintiffs in these cases are only required to establish causation and damages.
Wrong-Way Accident on the Merritt Parkway Injured Three
Earlier this month, a wrong-way crash on the Merritt Parkway involving three vehicles injured three people. According to a local news report, the driver of a Nissan Altima was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway at around 11 p.m. At some point, that driver collided with the front left side of an SUV, which was then pushed into a Toyota.
The wrong-way driver, the driver of the SUV, and the passenger in the SUV were all transported to the hospital with varying injuries. The driver of the Toyota refused medical care at the scene. Police have begun an investigation into the accident, and the wrong-way driver was cited by police for reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on a one-way road. There is no mention of whether a drug or alcohol test was given to the wrong-way driver.
Have You Been Injured in a Connecticut Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At Brickley Law, we are dedicated to enforcing the rights of Connecticut accident victims. We have extensive experience representing accident victims and their families in a wide range of Connecticut personal injury cases, including car accidents. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Brickley Law, call 203-966-6600 today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
See Additional Blog Posts:
Proving Negligence in Connecticut Car Accident Cases, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, January 25, 2018.
Connecticut Supreme Court Considers Whether School Is Liable for Failure to Supervise Students, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, February 13, 2018.