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Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving

When it comes to the topic of distracted driving and related car accidents, many of our Connecticut residents may erroneously presume that a cell phone is somehow involved in all distracted driving accidents. However, it is interesting to note that distracted driving is not limited to just phone use or texting and driving. It encompasses numerous distractions which affect both first -time drivers, such as teens and adults, alike. However, teens are more likely to involved.

Pedestrian dies in fatal traffic 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.

Tips for pedestrian safety

Many people walk to and from places every day. No one expects to be involved in a traffic accident. However, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every seven minutes a pedestrian is injured. Additionally, every two hours a pedestrian is killed.

Can wearing a seat belt in rear seats reduce injuries?

Connecticut fans of 60 Minutes were likely saddened by the recent news that Bob Simon from the show was killed in a car accident while riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Simon was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. According to a representative with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Hartford Hospital, in car accidents, those who are not wearing a seat belt, particularly those seated in the back or rear seats, tend to become projectiles during a collision, and cause serious injuries not only to themselves but also the belted occupants in the vehicle.

Understanding Connecticut's texting and driving laws

Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.

Steps to take if you are involved in a car accident

The time immediately following a car accident can be confusing and nerve-wracking for those involved. Many of us may not know what to do and what information to gather. Additionally, if there are injuries to anyone, parties involved in a car accident may be distraught and in need of medical attention. Thus, first and foremost, if one is injured in a car accident it is important to seek medical attention.

Hit and run injures 26-year-old Hartford woman

A recent hit and run in Connecticut sent a 26-year-old woman to the hospital with injuries. According to media reports and a video that caught the hit and run on camera, the incident occurred immediately after the 26-year-old woman was dropped off by a friend. As soon as she exited the car and started walking toward an apartment complex, she was hit by a car traveling down the street. The driver of the vehicle that hit her did not stop.

Multi-car accidents claim life of toddler, injure others

Losing a loved one in a car accident, particularly a young child, is a devastating and unfathomable occurrence. No family expects it to happen. Sadly, however, car accidents occur routinely, not only seriously injuring many, but also claiming lives.

Car accident involving car and two tractor trailers claims a life

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.

Comprehending distracted driving, consequences and liability

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.

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