Of all the different types of car collisions that can occur in Connecticut, pedestrian accidents are probably the ones with the potential for the most damage and injuries to be caused to the individuals involved. A car accident involving a pedestrian will typically see the pedestrian suffer the brunt of the damage, with the potential for serious injuries to occur. The driver and passengers in the vehicle rarely suffer injuries in these types of collisions.
With winter weather beginning to settle in across Connecticut, hopefully more drivers will begin to maintain a heightened awareness of their surroundings on the roadways. Bad weather is the cause of many car accidents throughout the country every year. However, particularly in the Bridgeport area, drivers need to be aware of another danger that is present year-round: other drivers.
Car accidents are incredibly common, as are injuries that occur in car accidents. Unfortunately, sometimes those injuries can be quite serious. When this happens, it can be necessary to pursue financial compensation from the responsible party by filing a personal injury lawsuit. At the heart of these types of lawsuits, the injured party - the "plaintiff" - must prove negligence by the defendant. There are five essential parts of proving negligence in a personal injury lawsuit - known as "elements" of the case.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of our readers may have seen the news reports about a head-on collision that occurred recently in nearby Prospect. According to the reports, the collision occurred on September 23 in the afternoon. The Connecticut State Police are reportedly still investigating the car crash.
Connecticut drivers and drivers across the nation must be aware of the various factors that can lead to a car accident. One of the newer causes of crashes is drivers using apps on their smartphones while behind the wheel. Several -- including Snapchat, Waze and Pokémon GO -- borderline encourage drivers to use them while driving. This, despite the known dangers of being a distracted driver and the damage it can cause. In the past, distracted driving was limited to drivers who were making calls and sending text messages. Now, with new alternatives, it has gotten worse.