As more people have smartphones in Connecticut and across the U.S., concern is growing that drivers are not paying strict attention to the road. Distracted driving is becoming so worrisome that more and more studies are being conducted to determine how prevalent the problem really is and what can be done about it. The latest was conducted by Zendrive.
Pedestrians in Connecticut and throughout the nation have always been vulnerable to injuries and death if they are hit by a motor vehicle. The number of vehicles on the road and the lack of protection that pedestrians have are factors in the damage that can be done. However, the prevalence of texting and driving and other distractions has increased the danger and number of accidents between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
Texting and driving is dangerous. This is true in Bridgeport, Connecticut and across the U.S. Given the risks, law enforcement is trying to develop methods to stop drivers from texting and driving. Nonetheless, there will still be people who ignore the dangers, causing car accidents. These accidents can result in injuries and fatalities. Those who are injured must be aware of how to proceed with a legal filing to get compensated.
As Connecticut residents can attest, there are numerous dangers on the road that must be considered. It is useful to pay attention to the trends that are studied as to why an auto accident might happen. One trend that is troublesome has to do with the recklessness of so-called millennials when they are behind the wheel. A study by AAA states that drivers categorized as millennials are the worst in the nation.
Winters in Connecticut can be particularly harsh, and 2017 has been no exception. When there is inclement weather, there is an increased danger of a car accident. Compounding the issue is the difficulty to see, the number of people who are trying to navigate while on slippery surfaces, and the large vehicles that are used to remove ice and snow. Those who are injured or lose a loved one in an incident in poor weather have the right to seek compensation for it.
Connecticut drivers undoubtedly know the expansive list of concerns when they are out on the road and the danger of being in a car accident without even knowing the actual statistics. When the numbers are examined, these concerns increase exponentially. In 2015, the number of deaths on highways is believed to have surpassed 40,000. If accurate, that would be the highest number of deaths in the almost 10 years. Understanding why the numbers are increasing is important to try and prevent an accident. It is also important to know the cause of an accident after it has happened so the victims can seek compensation in a legal filing.
Winter in Connecticut has its advantages. Many people enjoy participating in outdoor cold-weather activities, such as skiing, ice-skating and sledding. Some simply like walking around looking at the freshly-fallen snow. Unfortunately, however, for those that have to travel during the winter, whether for a long trip or just a daily commute, snow, ice and slush can be dangerous.
Life in the modern world, especially in the United States, makes driving a car almost a necessity for most people. Outside large urban areas, private vehicles are the most efficient and sometimes only way to get from one place to another. Even those who live near Connecticut's cities likely need a car to commute to work or get to other places they need to go.
Being in a car accident is no fun. Even if the individual involved feels he or she came out OK, there's the after effects of the adrenaline that no doubt flooded the person's bloodstream, not to mention the possible need to repair or replace the vehicle. Then, the realization may hit that it also means having to deal with an insurance company and possibly even the court system. It may sometimes seem like it'd be better, assuming the vehicle is still operational, to drive off and try to forget it happened. There are however, several reasons that make this course of action a bad idea in most cases.
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, travel on Connecticut's roadways tends to increase around the winter holidays. The weeks between Christmas and New Year's Day generally find heavy traffic on the highways that transect the state, as well as in urban areas like Bridgeport. Unfortunately, this, coupled with the penchant for residents to be going to and from parties where alcohol is served during this time period, as well as the often inclement winter weather the state experiences, can contribute to a rise in serious accidents. The results of these crashes can be serious, with injuries and death as potential consequences.