How serious are vehicle accidents in Connecticut?
In 2011, 221 people died in vehicle accidents in Connecticut. In 2015, there were 266 recorded vehicular fatalities statewide.
Vehicle accidents are a reality of life that people in Connecticut must contend with. This fact is part of why it is so important for drivers to be properly insured. It is also part of why there are laws in place designed to help improve safety and ideally reduce the number of accidents that happen.
From drunk driving to distracted driving, there are so many different things that can contribute to a crash. Many accidents may have multiple contributing factors. Looking at some of the statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can give Connecticut residents an idea of the realities of collisions in their state.
Fatalities jumped from 2011 to 2015
In 2011, there were 221 deaths in motor vehicle accidents statewide. The number of deaths rose for the next two years to 264 in 2012 and then to 286 in 2013. It then dropped slightly to 248 in 2014 only to jump again to 266 in 2015.
The increases seen in these total fatality statistics are reflected in the number of fatalities associated with specific factors or persons. For example, in 2011, there were 94 drunk driving deaths. The number of people killed by drunk drivers then went to 100, 126, 97 and 103 in the following four years.
The number of pedestrians who died in Connecticut also saw significant increases during this five-year period starting with 26 in 2011 and jumping all the way to 43 in 2012. A slight decline was noticed in 2013 to 37 only to rise again to 47 in 2014. Foot traffic accounted for 45 deaths in 2015.
Deaths in collisions involving large commercial trucks increased first from 14 in 2011 to 16 the following year and then to 20 and 21 in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, however, the real spike was seen in this category with 37 people losing their lives in these crashes.
In 2011, 37 motorcyclists died in the state while 48 died the next year and 57 in 2013. Another 55 and 53 bikers were killed in accidents in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
News stories confirm the realities of the road
Three fatal accidents in June 2017 highlight the broad range of accident factors. One involved a 15-year-old boy on a bicycle. Fox61.com reports that he was hit by a woman who was intoxicated, admittedly using her GPS and who was not wearing her glasses or contacts as required. The boy was put under a medically induced coma.
Two pedestrians were hit by a woman in Wallingford, one after trying to stop the vehicle after it struck the first pedestrian. The driver continued and was only stopped by officers after hitting multiple vehicles as well. She was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Two people died in Waterbury as the Hartford Courant notes that a pickup rammed into their vehicle as it came off a ramp. The two women were simply waiting to make a turn when they were killed.
Accident compensation is important
After any accident happens, it is important for those involved to discuss their situation with an attorney. This will give them someone on their side to help seek the right type of compensation.