Our readers in Connecticut have likely been seeing more reports in the news about so-called "autonomous" vehicles, as several different car companies and other companies begin to expand their experimentation with this technology. But, could autonomous vehicles really have that much of an impact on the number of car accidents and fatalities that occur on our nation's roadways?
Of the thousands of car accidents that occur across America every year, we are fortunate that a majority of them only involve damage to the vehicles involved, with no injuries. However, the sad reality is that many car accidents do result in injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
No one wants to imagine something going wrong when they go to a hospital for surgery or to receive other types of medical treatment. When a Connecticut resident is dealing with a serious health issue, they want to have confidence in the healthcare professionals who will be rendering their treatment. Unfortunately, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that is not always what happens. Sometimes, mistakes are made. So, who is held responsible when medical malpractice occurs?
Many Connecticut residents have elderly relatives who live in nursing homes. For the most part, these facilities provide excellent care for elderly individuals who simply cannot complete some day-to-day tasks because of their advanced age. For some, it is because they have physical limitations. For others, mental issues may cloud their ability to function.
Not everyone does their best to drive safely on the roads of Connecticut. In fact, as previous posts here have pointed out, distracted driving is seemingly more prevalent than ever before, and there is one significant cause: cellphones. Since cellphones have become so commonplace, there has actually been a reversal in the trend of fewer car accidents and accident fatalities that had been occurring for years. Now, the statistics show that the number of accidents and fatalities is increasing.
There are statistics and rankings about everything these days it seems, so it should come as no surprise to our readers that the 50 states have been ranked in order of how deadly the roads in those states are for senior-aged drivers. Fortunately, Connecticut ranked as one of the safest states for senior drivers.
A "slip and fall" case probably makes people think of a relatively simple situation: a person is on someone else's property when they slip on some unseen dangerous condition, fall and suffer injuries as a result. In reality, that isn't too far off. But, these types of cases, which can trigger "premises liability" legal issues, can occur in a wide range of situations.
Not everyone gets the chance to own a new car but, for those who do, these days there can be a dizzying array of options to choose from. Advances in technology have brought all kinds of entertainment options into your car, gas mileage is improving and features like heated seats make it more comfortable to drive in the winter weather. But, what about safety features? Are the latest advances in these features worth the expense?
No one wants to think that their loved ones might be abused or neglected in a nursing home in Connecticut. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that these instances of negligence and recklessness do occur with disturbing frequency. Just imagine going to visit an elderly relative at a nursing home this holiday season and seeing them with unexplained bruises, bedsores or other injuries. What can be done about these instances of abuse and neglect?
During the winter months we are less likely to see bicyclists on and near the roadways in Connecticut, but when the weather breaks they will be out and about as usual. Many more people seem to be engaging in bicycling as a form of exercise these days, and some are even using bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Unfortunately, when bicyclists are near the roadways, car accidents can occur.