We should all be on the lookout for one of the most dangerous things on America's roadways: distracted drivers. With smartphones in almost every hand in America, it is easy to see how distracted driving has become a significant point of societal debate. But, every day there are hundreds of thousands of drivers who engage in this risky behavior. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, on any given day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device of some type while driving.
Many different types of car accidents can occur on the roadways in Connecticut. With distracted driving seemingly more common than ever, rear-end collisions are common type of car accidents these days. But, there are other types, such as rollover crashes, fender-benders, construction zone accidents and even head-on collisions. One thing that all of the different types of car accidents have in common is that the victims who are involved can suffer serious injuries as a result.
So-called "fender benders" happen every day throughout Connecticut, but we all know that much more serious car crashes occur frequently as well. That was the case recently in Suffield, when a pickup truck reportedly collided with a bus that was transporting 20 people.
Most people know that in a collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, the odds aren't in the motorcyclist's favor when it comes to injuries. A motorcycle's small size and lack of safety features such as seat belts and airbags means that should a motorcyclist be involved in an accident, they are vulnerable to injuries. Unfortunately, a recent motorcycle accident in Connecticut illustrated this concept all too well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.