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The loss of a loved one can change anyone’s life forever. Family members may have relied on that person for support in various capacities, and that person’s death could leave the family struggling. Unfortunately, some individuals may suddenly lose their life in a car accident that may have been preventable.

It was recently reported that a crash in New Haven County claimed the life of one person and left another in critical condition. Authorities believe that the 24-year-old driver of the vehicle was speeding and could not keep it under control. The vehicle is suspected to have hit a telephone pole that then came through the back of the car and hit the 33-year-old passenger, who became stuck inside the vehicle. The driver was ejected during the crash.

The incident resulted in the passenger suffering fatal injuries, and he was declared dead at the accident site. The driver was taken from the scene in critical condition. At the time of the report, there was no information on whether the driver would face criminal charges, but authorities were continuing to investigate.

The family of the man killed in this New Haven County car accident will likely have a difficult time ahead. They may not know what they can do to make up for the void in their lives created by the loss of their loved one. Because financial hardships are not unusual after suddenly losing a loved one, the family may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. A successful claim could result in their being awarded monetary compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other allowable damages.