A recent accident involving a car and a motorcycle, in which the motorcyclist was killed, is another reminder to Connecticut residents of the terrible consequences that can follow when any driver chooses to drive while either drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Although the accident remains under investigation and details of the collision itself are incomplete, from the charges that have been filed it appears that the driver of the car may have been negligently following the motorcycle too closely.
He has been charged with negligent homicide, as well as failure to drive a reasonable distance apart. But what turned this accident from a matter of possibly bad estimation of speed and distance into something worse was what the police allegedly discovered when they arrived at the accident scene.
According to the police, the driver of the car was driving under the influence when the collision took place. The police also allegedly recovered from the vehicle at least one form of a narcotic controlled substance which was not specifically identified, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Sadly, the motorcyclist that was hit by the vehicle was pronounced dead at the hospital. There do not appear to be any indications from the charges filed against the car driver that the motorcyclist contributed to the car accident or could have prevented it from happening.
Often the first critical mental faculty that becomes impaired when a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is judgment. In this case, it may be that the car driver, in addition to apparently exercising bad judgment by allegedly driving under the influence, evidently committed a second, fatal instance of bad judgment that may have led to an otherwise avoidable collision by driving too close to the motorcyclist.
Drivers who are impaired while driving pose a serious threat to every other motorist on the road. When and if they cause or contribute to an accident, victims should remember that they have the right to hold a negligent driver accountable for damages suffered as a result of the crash.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Driver Charged in Fatal Motorcycle Crash," Ari Mason and Jessie Sawyer, May 12, 2014