Fatal pedestrian accident in Stamford, Connecticut

Recently, a pedestrian was hit and killed by a motor vehicle in Stamford, Connecticut.

For the second time in two months, a pedestrian accident in Stamford resulted in a pedestrian fatality.

According to reports, the pedestrian was crossing Hoyt Street in a designated crosswalk, when a woman driving an SUV collided with her. The motorist was making a left hand turn from Summer Street onto Hoyt Street.

The pedestrian was removed from the scene and taken to Stamford Hospital, but tragically did not survive the injuries she suffered in the crash. The SUV driver was also taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, although they were not considered life threatening.

Pedestrian accidents a serious issue in Connecticut

In Connecticut and across the country, collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians are a serious concern.

According to a recent report – Dangerous by Design 2014 – conducted by Smart Growth America, Connecticut ranks 27th across the country when it comes to pedestrian safety.

In all, 351 pedestrians in Connecticut died in collisions with motor vehicles from 2003 to 2012, according to the report. Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 12.6 percent of all traffic deaths in the state during that period.

Both in Connecticut and across the United States, older individuals are more at risk of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. From 2003 to 2010, Connecticut residents aged 65 and above accounted for over 28 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the state. Nevertheless, adults over the age of 65 represent just under 14 percent of the state’s population.

In the U.S., older Americans accounted for 19 percent of the pedestrian fatalities and 11 percent of the injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pedestrians can follow some safety tips to reduce the likelihood of a serious collision with a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, they may not always be successful. For instance, pedestrians are always advised to cross the street in a designated crosswalk. According to reports, the pedestrian fatally hit in Stamford was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision.

While they may not eliminate the chance of a crash, however, it is a good idea for pedestrians to be as safe as possible. Pedestrians should also use sidewalks when they are available and wear brightly colored clothing, to help ensure motorists are able to spot them.

When a motorist collides with a pedestrian, the individual on foot is more likely to suffer severe injuries as a result of the crash. Oftentimes, the motor vehicle driver is responsible for the crash. In such cases, the injured pedestrian should take steps to hold the motorist accountable for the damage done in the accident. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut, seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney, who will be able to advise you regarding the best course of action.

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Verdicts & Settlements

36-year-old laborer for landscaping company fractured wrist when fellow employee hit him with truck. Claimant received in excess of $30,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for total disability and medical expenses and settled with automobile insurance company for fellow employee for $95,000.

1989 workers’ compensation claim settled for $125,000. Claimant originally sustained a low back injury when she slipped and fell at local grocery store resulting in low back surgery in 1989. Several years later, claimant exacerbated her low back injury. Claim was reopened and settled with carrier for $125,000 in 2006.

47-year-old deli clerk sustained low back injuries at work for local supermarket. Carrier originally denied claim on the grounds that the injury was pre-existing. After formal workers’ compensation hearing carrier accepted claim and paid all total disability benefits and medical expenses in excess of $100,000. Case then settled for an additional $100,000 after injured person received a permanent disability rating.

34-year-old male roofer sustained multiple injuries to his shoulder, neck, back and hip when he fell from roof during work. Claimant was provided workers’ compensation benefits in excess of $100,000 and settled remaining claims for an additional $55,000.

40-year-old male working for cleaning company sustained neck and low back injuries when he fell on defective staircase while cleaning local museum. Claimant recovered over $95,000 in workers’ compensation benefits and resolved claim against museum for $85,000.

26-year-old laborer sustained fractured foot when a cast iron pipe was dropped on his foot. Employer and workers’ compensation carrier denied claim on basis that injured worker was an independent contractor. After a series of informal and formal workers’ compensation hearings, carrier conceded that claimant was an employee and settled case for $85,000.

24-year-old waitress sustained back injury while working at Outback Steak House. Workers’ compensation insurance company initially denied the claim. After a series of informal hearings, carrier accepted claim paying medical expenses and total disability benefits. In addition to those benefits paid, claim settled for an additional $75,000.

Delivery truck driver sustained right wrist fracture in rear-end motor vehicle accident while in the course of his employment. Claimant recovered in excess of $40,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses and total disability benefits. Claimant settled case against at-fault driver for $105,000.

22-year-old male working as stocking clerk at “big box” retailer sustained herniated disc in low back. Workers’ compensation carrier refused to accept the claim. After formal workers’ compensation, hearing commissioner ordered carrier to pay over $35,000 in past total disability benefits and pay for surgery and all related medical expenses. Case settled for an additional $35,000 for a total recovery in excess of $100,000.

Rear-end collision on entrance ramp to Merritt Parkway resulting in 49-year-old woman sustaining mid-back injury. Case settled at mediation after filing suit for $300,000.

28-year-old passenger sustained multiple herniated discs in automobile accident in New York state. New York no-fault carrier paid for extended period of disability from work and medical expenses, including expenses for surgery. Case settled against driver of vehicle for $300,000 policy limits shortly after filing suit.

54-year-old man sustains shoulder injury when hit from behind by uninsured motorist on New Jersey Turnpike. Case settled for $135,000 prior to trial.

CT Transit bus driver sustained torn meniscus in collision with another vehicle. Claims made against at-fault driver, workers’ compensation carrier and client’s underinsured motorist policy. All claims settle for a recovery in excess of $100,000.

68-year-old woman sustained neck and back injuries in rear-end collision and required extended course physical therapy, but was not a surgical candidate. Case settled for $100,000 prior to filing suit.

34-year-old woman sustained concussion and neck and back injuries in hit-and-run accident on a New York highway. Claimant settled uninsured motorist claim for her $100,000 policy limits.

80-year-old woman sustained right foot fracture when her foot was run over in a parking lot. Case settled for at-fault driver’s policy limit of $100,000 prior to filing suit.

38-year-old nanny sustained right femur fracture when she fell down defective stairs in home of her employer’s neighbor. All medical expenses and lost wages reimbursed and case settled for an additional $150,000.

Claim against landlord for defective staircase in multi-family rental house. Claimant sustained a right femur fracture. Case settled for $125,000 prior to filing suit.

$95,000 judgment obtained against bar and nightclub for assault by one of its patrons against another patron.

47-year-old woman sustained a broken left wrist when she fell from porch stairs at house she was renting. Case settled for $95,000 shortly before trial.

26-year-old male bitten on leg by German shepherd. Claim against dog owner settled for $65,000 plus payment of all medical expenses.