Motor vehicle deaths up 23 percent in Connecticut

Fatal car accidents are on the rise in the state. Various factors contribute to these accidents and remedies are available to those who are impacted.

Connecticut experienced a double digit increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the past two years. Data released by the National Safety Council delves into this increase, noting there was a 6 percent rise in fatal car accidents across the nation from 2015 to 2016.

Motor vehicle deaths in Connecticut: How serious was the increase?

Connecticut, along with most of the states in the country, experienced a significant jump in motor vehicle fatalities over the past few years. In 2016, there were 307 deaths due to car accidents in the state. That's up from 283 in 2015 and 249 in 2014.

These numbers translate to a 23 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2014 to 2016.

Fatal car accidents and causes: What contributes to these crashes?

A number of factors can contribute to car accidents. In many cases, driver behavior is a leading cause. Examples of behaviors that can result in fatal car accidents include:

  • Speeding. Failing to follow the posted speed limit was found to contribute to 28 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • Drunk driving. In 2015, alcohol contributed to 29 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
  • Fatigue. In 2014, AAA ran a study which found one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents was drowsiness. Researchers with the study estimated that 21 percent of all fatal crashes were the result of a tired driver.
  • Distraction. This final contributing factor is likely one of the more well known. Media reports abound on the dangers of using a smartphone while driving and study after study continues to provide support for this contention. In 2014, an estimated 10 percent of accidents were the result of distraction.

This is a brief list of common causes of fatal car accidents. Many factors can contribute and it is not uncommon for a mix of contributing factors to play a role in a single accident.

Fatal accidents and their victims: What remedies are available?

Though it is impossible to replace a loved one, those who have been victimized by these accidents have options. One option is to hold the responsible party accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.

This type of personal injury lawsuit is referred to as a wrongful death lawsuit. In these cases, the following elements are generally required: death of a human being by another's negligence and the surviving family members suffer monetary loss due to the death. The monetary loss determination can take a number of factors into consideration, including the loss of future financial support as well as medical and funeral expenses.

Those who are dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident should know that they have options. Whether seriously injured in a car accident or if you lost a loved one, it is wise to contact an experienced attorney. Your lawyer will review your case and discuss your options, helping you choose the best course of action for your situation.