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Multi-vehicle car accident sends over 25 people to hospital

Many Connecticut residents drive a car to get from point A to point B, for work, school and more. Most realize that freeways, highways and roads are shared by many different types of vehicles on a daily basis. When one gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, the prospect of being involved in a car accident likely does not occur to the driver or passenger. However, the reality is that every 10 seconds someone in the U.S. is involved in a car accident.

Summertime Road Safety

School's out for the summer and it's a beautiful time for a road trip. But, as Attorney Frank Bailey reminds us, with more teen drivers on the road, it can be an especially dangerous time to drive. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July had the highest number of fatal car accidents in 2012, with June and August rounding out the top three months.

Please beware of dog-bite injury risks this summer

Now that summer is here, kids are out of school and outdoors. In many parts of Connecticut, kids are still free to roam their neighborhood without much adult supervision. This is normally pretty safe, but there are some hazards. Perhaps most notable among these is the risk of dog bite injuries. About 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites each year, and most victims are children. About 20 percent of injuries are serious enough to require medical attention.

Coach Abuse

Attorney Cindy Robinson discusses the rise in sexual abuse and what parents should do to protect their children.

Erin's Law Teaches Kids to Fight Being Lifelong Victims

One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country's correctional facilities. And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly's most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut's citizens have seen in a long time. It's headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk and he should sign it into law.
They call this law "Erin's Law" after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school's drills -- tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE's eight ways to say no to drugs -- never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13.

Warning: Drowsy driving is deadlier than you may realize

Would you ever get behind the wheel if you knew that you had had too much to drink? Would you ever send a text message or post something on Facebook while speeding down the highway? Most of us would say "no" to both of these questions, because we are responsible drivers and we value our own safety.

Will Connecticut's new distracted driving fines help the problem?

The majority of states have passed bans on texting while driving. But Connecticut is one of only about a dozen states to also ban all use of cell phones. Distracted driving is among the most serious public health hazards in the United States, and cell phones are a major source of distraction.

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