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Stamford – Supreme Court Ruling On Pedestrian Accident

The state Supreme Court just gave a ruling related to a decade-old pedestrian case in Stamford.

Back on December 3, 2009, now 54-year-old Brenda Snell was walking on the sidewalk along Stillwater Avenue when she was hit and dragged by a stolen car driven by then 17-year-old Deondre Bowden. Prior to the hit, Bowden stole the vehicle after it was left unattended, with its engine running, by cab driver Johnley Sanival. In 2015, Snell filed a civil case against Norwalk Yellow Cab, the owner of the stolen vehicle that hit her. The jury in that case voted against Snell, which prompted her to elevate the case to the higher court. The details of the recent Supreme Court ruling revolved around the proximate and superseding causes of Snell’s injuries: Bowden’s reckless behavior (stealing the car and hitting Snell), or Sanival’s negligence (leaving the car running/with keys inside). Bowden was subsequently sentenced to jail for various charges related to the incident. Snell’s legal team is now focused on establishing a significant level of responsibility/liability on the part of the cab driver (Sanival) and owner of the vehicle (Norwalk Yellow Cab).

Legal experts are better equipped to analyze/study the details related to this recent ruling. That said, following this case is beneficial to motorists and pedestrians because it highlights many of the circumstances that surround road incidents that result in physical injuries. We need to be aware of the legal processes, as well as our rights and options, if ever we or our loved ones are involved in similar situations.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

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