Autumn is a wonderful time to ride motorcycles in Connecticut, taking the back roads to get an up-close view of the changing foliage. But unfortunately, other leaf-peepers in four-wheeled vehicles are often too involved in checking out the turning leaves and fail to see a motorcycle rider approaching.
A Connecticut man is facing serious criminal charges after he allegedly killed a man in North Branford. The driver, age 22, is accused of causing the motorcycle crash when he rear-ended the 78-year-old victim's vehicle. That younger man is accused of drug-related offenses, and officers believe that he may have been intoxicated on a variety of substances at the time of the collision. The defendant is also accused of vehicular manslaughter and negligent homicide, among other violations.
Good news for Connecticut residents: motorcycle deaths nationwide are decreasing in frequency. The yearly rates of fatal motorcycle crashes fell for only the second time since 1997, according to recently released 2013 statistics. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that a 7 percent drop occurred in motorcycle deaths throughout the country. About 300 fewer deaths occurred in 2013 than in 2012.
Depending on the facts of the particular case, a driver whose negligence caused injuries to another party can be held legally accountable in two ways: in civil court and criminal court. A criminal conviction for a crime such as manslaughter can lead to jail time for the offender, but the family of the deceased victim may need to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to see the full measure of justice.