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What are the main distractions for Connecticut drivers?

A recent post here addressed the rising danger of distracted drivers on the roads throughout our country. In fact, distracted drivers are such a danger that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that every day approximately nine people die in car accidents that are ultimately attributed to distracted driving. But, what are the main distractions for drivers?

According to the CDC, there are three main types of distractions for drivers: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions are any type of distractions that can cause drivers to take their eyes off of the road and away from the primary task of driving. For instance, these days many vehicles have elaborate on-dash entertainment and navigation displays. If those displays are causing the driver to look away from the road and traffic conditions -- even for a second -- that driver may be too distracted for the task at hand.

Halloween was fun -- but dangerous -- for Connecticut kids

Recently, throughout the country, kids everywhere dressed up as their favorite superheroes or cartoon stars and enjoyed trick or treating to get candy. In many cases, the parents have just as much fun as the kids to see them with smiles on their faces having fun. But, as fun as Halloween might be for families in Connecticut and throughout America, there is a dangerous reality to acknowledge: kids, as pedestrians on Halloween, are more likely to be hit and killed in a pedestrian accident.

In fact, according to a recent report that examined data from 2015 collected by the National Safety Council, a large percentage of pedestrian deaths in car collisions that year were attributed to dark clothing or low lighting conditions making it harder for drivers to see the pedestrians - the exact type of conditions present on Halloween for trick or treaters. In addition to that data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that children are twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident on Halloween.

Rendering the wrong medical treatment could be malpractice

There aren't many jobs in the world that are harder than being a doctor. These healthcare professionals go to school for years, and train for several more years, in order to be entrusted with the care of patients. With all of that education and training, you would think that most doctors are highly skilled and good at what they do and, for the most part, that is true. Unfortunately, some are better than others.

In some cases, doctors will prescribe the wrong course of medical treatment for a particular ailment. Cancer, for instance, can be difficult to diagnose and treat properly, as can many other forms of terminal illness. Or, even if a doctor recognizes the medical condition that a patient is suffering from, the doctor may misdiagnose the severity of the illness, and thereby prescribe the wrong medication - or too much of a particular medication.

The rising threat of distracted drivers in Connecticut

These days, many people find it hard to put their smartphones down. With so many entertainment options at the tips of their fingers, people can be seen staring at their cellphones while they eat, during work meetings and, perhaps worst of all, while they drive.

By now, most of our readers in Connecticut know about the danger that distracted drivers present on the roadways. While most people probably won't admit that they use their phones while driving, we have all seen drivers with their heads tipped slightly to one side, with one eye on their phones and one eye on the road. The problem is, that isn't good enough - drivers need to focus their full attention on the road.

Has the VA been concealing medical malpractice?

Many of our readers in Connecticut have likely heard news reports over the last several years about the myriad problems that the Veterans Administration has faced. In some of the most explosive reports about the VA, there have been allegations that the waitlist for healthcare has resulted in many veterans dying while waiting for treatment. Other reports decried the shoddy condition of VA facilities. Now, in a recent report, there are allegations that the VA has been concealing incidents of medical malpractice committed by their healthcare professionals.

The report, the result of a reportedly intense investigation by USA Today, details how some healthcare professionals who have previously been employed by the VA committed several different instances of medical malpractice, only to see their mistakes covered up by the VA. In some cases, the VA didn't even report the incidents to the proper licensing boards when the healthcare professionals left the VA, which allowed the healthcare professionals to continue their negligent behavior in private practice.

Injuries aren't always readily apparent after a car accident

No one knows what to expect after they've been in a serious car accident. Their vehicle might be totaled, they might be in the middle of a traffic jam and they could be suffering from severe injuries. Whether it is a head-on collision, a T-bone collision or a rear-end collision, Connecticut residents need to put their health first in the aftermath of a car accident.

Unfortunately, some car accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries right after a car accident has occurred. Some injuries are obvious, like cuts, bruises and broken bones. But, other injuries, like brain injuries or spine injuries, may not be immediately known. A car accident victim may feel lucky to "walk away" from a crash but, when injuries occur, it is important to get a full medical check-up to evaluate the full extent of injuries.

What you need to do first with a medical malpractice claim

People in Connecticut who have been the victims of medical malpractice usually can't believe that this type of negligence happened to them. We all read about instances of medical malpractice in the news, but most of the time it can seem like a distant problem that doesn't affect us. When it does, sometimes victims don't even know where to start with a medical malpractice claim.

First and foremost, it can be an important first step to reach out to the medical professional whom you believe was responsible for the medical malpractice issue. In doing so, your goal is to gather information about what went wrong and how the medical malpractice could have been prevented.

How can you prove a premises liability claim?

Slip and fall accidents are pretty random. After all, most people avoid hazardous property conditions if they notice them in time. The problems arise when victims don't notice a hazard, and then they are injured as a result. These circumstances can give rise to what is known as a premises liability claim. So, how do victims prove these types of claims?

First and foremost, it is important to prove that the property owner could have prevented the accident. Could the property owner have been more careful about the state of the property? For instance, in winter weather, should the property owner have known that icy conditions were developing and taken steps to prevent people from falling on the property? If a property owner could have - and should have - taken steps to prevent the hazardous condition from posing a problem, this is a key part of a premises liability lawsuit.

What should you look for if you suspect nursing home neglect?

It can be hard to know what to look for if you suspect a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home isn't receiving the right treatment. Perhaps you think that the staff could simply do a little more to make your relative comfortable. Or, perhaps even worse, you suspect that the staff of the nursing home is actively abusing your relative, or just neglecting to do their jobs. So, what should our readers look for if they suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home?

Admittedly, it can be hard to tell the difference between abuse and neglect, and natural changes in personality when someone lives in a nursing home or is in declining health. But, some of the more common signs of abuse or neglect are: bedsores; unexplained injuries; changes in mood or personality; nervousness; and weight loss. Of course, there may be many more signs that your relative isn't being treated correctly by the nursing home staff.

Car accident at intersection kills motorcyclist

Our readers in Connecticut are likely to continue to see motorcycles on the roadways for at least a few more weeks, as the calendar turns from autumn to winter. Many motorcyclists are trying to make the most of the fall weather. Unfortunately, that means that motorcyclists continue to be in danger from other drivers and the collisions they cause.

According to a recent report, one such collision occurred on September 28, and the result was a motorcyclist dying in the hospital in the aftermath of the car crash. The reports indicate that the motorcyclist, a 53-year-old man from Hartford, was driving north on Washington Street in Hartford at approximately 6 p.m., and a Toyota Camry was driving south in the area at the same time. The collision involving the two vehicles occurred near the intersection of Washington Street and Retreat Avenue.

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