When the driver who is responsible for a car crash dies in the accident, it does not mean that those injured or the family of those killed in the collision cannot sue for damages. In instances such as these, even though the responsible party has passed on, a lawsuit can still be brought against his or her estate.
This is what is happening as a result of a 2007 fatal accident that involved two tractor-trailers and several cars in Connecticut. The families of two people who were killed in the crash and people who were injured filed a lawsuit recently against the estate of the truck driver who allegedly caused the crash. The truck driver, a 51 year-old man, also died in the collision.
Eyewitnesses reported to authorities that the man was speeding and driving in a reckless manner by changing lanes and tailgating other vehicles. The accident occurred when the man evidently lost control of the semi and crossed through the median and into oncoming traffic. He collided with another semi-truck and a handful of other cars.
The trucking company the man worked for is also being sued because lawyers allege their tight schedules may have had an impact on the way the man was driving.
Although nothing can compensate for the death of their loved ones in this case, the families may be able to obtain a sense of closure through this suit. The affected parties may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering and medical expenses, among other things.
Source: CT Now, "Testimony Starts In 2007 Crash That Killed Three," Alaine Griffin, April 9, 2013