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Fourth of July car accident statistics released

Most of our readers know that the Fourth of July holiday, no matter what day of the week it falls upon, is likely to lead to an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. This, as a result, can lead to more car accidents. Now that the holiday has come and gone this year, the Connecticut State Police have released the statistics on the number of car-related incidents that occurred on the roadways this year.

According to a recent report, throughout their statewide enforcement on the Fourth of July holiday this year the state police issued almost 2,500 traffic citations. Of these 2,500 citations, almost 1,200 were for speeding. The good news is that this year's total amount of traffic citations was less than the number from 2016.

The right approach to a wide range of medical malpractice issues

It is difficult for many people to comprehend the horror that comes with realizing that you have been the victim of medical malpractice. In this country, we expect the very best medical care when the need arises. Unfortunately, the reality is that mistakes are made in the area of medical care at an alarming rate.

There are many different issues that could result in medical malpractice. The scariest ones - the ones we hear about in news stories - usually involve surgical errors, like when a surgeon mistakenly operates on the wrong part of a person's body, or accidently leaves something inside someone's body during the surgery. But our readers may not realize that there are many different ways that medical professionals commit mistakes.

How does a traumatic brain injury affect a victim later in life?

Many doctors and scientists agree that the human brain is the most complex system in the universe known to man. Its importance to human life cannot be understated. But like any other part of the human body, the human brain is vulnerable to injury. Considering its location on the body, despite being surrounded by strong shell of a skull, it can be especially vulnerable during a car accident. A serious impact to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A traumatic brain injury can have both short term and long-term impact on its victim. Doctors and medical professionals at Trondheim University Hospital in Norway studied 67 victims of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury to learn how a TBI affected a victim between two to five years after the injury. The results were alarming. Relative to healthy individuals without a head injury, TBI victims were more likely to suffer from emotional, attentional and psychological difficulties. There also appeared to be a correlation between one's education level and age at the time of the injury with the types of difficulties they may experience later in life. It is also believed that a TBI raises the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.

How to proceed as a victim of a drunk driving accident

Last weekend was the Fourth of July, and inevitably there were dozens or more tragic stories of people across the nation enjoying the holiday a little too much at a bar or barbecue, getting behind the wheel and causing an accident after driving while under the influence. It is not uncommon for such injuries to leave victims with serious, catastrophic or even deadly injuries.

As much as state and local authorities in Connecticut try to prevent such accidents with severe penalties for drunk driving as well as proactive measures such as checkpoints at places and times when drunk driving is more common, it is impossible to keep drunk drivers off the road entirely. So, what should you do if you find yourself the victim of someone else who irresponsibly decided to get behind the wheel and cause an accident?

Connecticut car accident statistics show troubling increases

Authorities keep track of people injured and killed in car accidents, as well as what they believe caused those crashes. As of mid-June, there were 132 deaths on the state highways. This is a slight rise from one year ago when the number was 127, but it is a significant rise from 2015 (106) and 2014 (92). In total, there were 311 fatalities in a car collision on the Connecticut roadways in 2016.

The National Safety Council states that there were 40,200 fatalities on the national roadways in 2016. This is the highest number for 10 years. It is also a rise of 6 percent from 2015 and 14 percent from 2014. This is the greatest increase in more than 50 years.

Alleged drunk driver charged after fatal motorcycle crash

Connecticut motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when they are in an auto accident as they have less protection than those in vehicles. What makes these accidents worse is if they are due to a drunk driver. When there is a car crash with a motorcycle, it is vital that the people involved or the family left behind have a full investigation for a potential legal filing.

Recently, an accident between a car and a motorcycle left a female dead and the male hospitalized. The accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. When emergency crews arrived, the driver and the car had fled. A witness pointed police in the direction of where the car went, and they found it abandoned.

Woman suffers fractured spine after being hit by drunk driver

Significant attention has been paid to Connecticut drivers who operate their vehicles while distracted and the accidents they cause. However, a long problematic issue that can cause many accidents is a drunk driver. These types of accidents are so common that it is easy to forget how dangerous they are and the damage they can do. When there is a car crash, an investigation is necessary to see how and why it happened. The injuries and possible fatalities that come about after a drunk driving accident can cause financial and personal problems to a victim and a lawsuit is a method to be compensated.

A five-car crash severely injured one woman and sent another person to the hospital. The 44-year-old driver of the vehicle that is believed to have caused the accident was placed under arrest for drunk driving. Law enforcement had seen the vehicle moving recklessly and it was later discovered that this vehicle caused the accident and one previously. After the five-vehicle accident, the driver and a passenger fled on foot. Police caught the driver and his 40-year-old passenger.

Nursing home abuse claims can be stalled by rollback of law

Connecticut residents and those across the U.S. with loved ones in a nursing home need to know that federal requirements could be in flux. A new rule that was meant to protect the elderly in nursing homes might be rolled back, which is concerning as elder abuse is sadly prevalent.

In 2016, the Obama administration passed a rule that stopped these facilities from requiring residents and their families to have private arbitration if there was a dispute. This was designed to avoid the courts.

Car accident risk higher for young drivers with ADHD

Car accidents in Connecticut and across the country have various causes. Some of these causes are due to driver behaviors, such as a drunk driving. Others, however, are linked to the driver's physical, mental or emotional issues.

Researchers are on the lookout for common denominators as to why these crashes might happen. One study examined Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in younger drivers. It found that those with ADHD might wait to get a driver's license and, once they have it, are more prone to being in a crash. Some studies suggest that one out of every 10 children and teens have ADHD.

Two men abused by Connecticut teacher settle their cases

Sex abuse in Connecticut is one of the worst acts that can be committed. Often, it is a person who is in a position of power over a younger person. It can cause long-term psychological, emotional and personal problems for the victim. Legal filings seek to take those who have been alleged to have committed sexual abuse to task and garner compensation for the victims. One recent series of settlements negotiated by Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, PC, helped gain closure for victims of a substitute teacher.

The victims, two males, reached settlements with the Newington Board of Education after the substitute physical education teacher was alleged to have sexually abused children in 1989 and 1990. The victims stated that the man watched them as they showered. If they refused, he threatened to fail them.

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