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East Hartford – Child Pedestrian Accident

A child was hit by a car in East Hartford last Saturday.

East Hartford police are currently investigating an accident involving a car and a six-year-old pedestrian. Emergency responders, including firefighters, immediately went to the area in the vicinity of 154 Hillside Avenue. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently reported in serious condition. The driver of the car that hit the victim remained at the scene of the crime and is cooperating with the investigation. No cases have been filed and the identities of parties involved have yet to be disclosed.

Pedestrian accidents can be complicated to investigate — establishing fault or negligence can be challenging. That said, authorities can determine who or what can cause these types of incidents, so that offending parties can be brought to justice.

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.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Old Saybrook – Pedestrian Hit by a Motor Vehicle

An accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian took place last Tuesday morning on Interstate 95 in the town of Old Saybrook, Middlesex County.

According to Connecticut State Police, Troop F, the involved vehicle was travelling southbound along Interstate 95, between Exits 69 and 70, when the driver saw and was unable to avoid hitting a pedestrian walking along the roadway. The pedestrian was later identified as Richard Dupre, Jr., 51, from Killingworth. Dupre died on the scene of the incident. Connecticut Police is still investigating the accident.

This incident is noteworthy because it highlights the nature of many automobile and pedestrian accidents. It’s difficult to identify who or what caused it. On one hand, the driver saw the pedestrian but was unable to avoid hitting him. Was he travelling too fast? Was he driving under the influence? While alcohol intoxication is relatively easy to identify on the spot, other substances (drugs) might not be. On the other hand, was the pedestrian under the influence and starting walking on one of the interstate lanes? Or was he simply an unfortunate victim of a careless driver?

In all of these possible scenarios, the rights of all parties involved are protected by state and federal laws, Connecticut laws in particular. It pays to be aware of your rights and what you are entitled to.

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.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Preliminary Data Shows that 2018 Was the Deadliest for Pedestrians – Here’s Where Connecticut Ranks

The annual report by the Governors Highway Safety Association titled “Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State” released its preliminary 2018 data, and the numbers are concerning. While trends seemed to be heading the right direction (from 1990-2008, pedestrian deaths plummeted), from 2009-2017, the number of deaths skyrocketed by 45%. Over the same period, all other traffic-related deaths declined by 6%.

While the precise reason for this increase is not clear, some have suggested that the ubiquity of internet-connected smartphones and the distractions they cause behind the wheel could be partly to blame. Others believe that the increased number of people walking to work and the growing popularity of larger vehicles like SUVs and large trucks could be a contributor.

Two key takeaways are when and where these accidents are happening. A large portion of the increase (90% of the total increase in pedestrian deaths) is at night, and the majority of fatal accidents occurred on local roads away from pedestrian crossings.

Nearly half of these pedestrian fatalities occurred across just five states: Texas, California, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona). Connecticut ranked #34 on the list, with 1.29 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.

So, what can we do to prevent pedestrian fatalities? For the most part, exercising proper caution behind the wheel could go a long way. Drivers should put away their phones and focus on the road ahead and remain alert for pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks.

If a pedestrian is hurt or killed in an accident caused by negligence, the driver of the vehicle that hit them could be held liable by the victim or their surviving family members. If you lost someone in a fatal pedestrian accident in Connecticut, turn to the experienced and compassionate attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your rights and legal options. We are here to help, so call us at (203) 397-1283 today.