The sudden loss of a human life in an accident is difficult for many to fathom. It is even more difficult to understand when the accident involves the loss of an innocent child. Our Connecticut residents may be saddened to learn that according to East Hartford Police, an 8-year-old was killed when he was struck by at least one car which was involved in a two-car accident.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that more than 4,700 pedestrian lost their lives in traffic accidents or crashes in 2011. Sadly this statistic became a reality for one Hartford, Connecticut family recently.
Connecticut residents who routinely drive on Interstate 95 may have heard of the recent tragic three-vehicle accident that involved one car and two tractor trailers, which claimed the life of one individual and critically injured another.
Let's say a driver is traveling on a Connecticut roadway and this driver witnesses another driver applying mascara in a moving vehicle during rush hour. Is this distracted driving? Or is a driver whose attention is off the road and whose gaze is fixated on a handheld smartphone distracted driving? Many Connecticut residents may be automatically inclined to say that the latter is definitely a distracted driver while the former may or may not fall into that category.
During the summer months, many Connecticut residents take walks to enjoy the weather. In a society where cars are an important form of transportation, pedestrians have to be very careful, particularly when crossing the streets. A collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian is likely to cause the pedestrian serious injuries. Car drivers, on the other hand, also should be attentive and cognizant of pedestrians, particularly in residential areas.
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.