By now many of our readers have probably seen the news that a Connecticut State Police trooper, who was a 19-year veteran officer, was struck and killed on March 29 when his vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck on Interstate 84. It was a tragedy that, at this point, is still under investigation. The initial reports do not have many details as to how or why the semi-truck struck the officer's vehicle.
Not all auto accidents cause injuries. But, the ones that do can leave the victims of the car accident with catastrophic injuries that require days, weeks or even months of hospitalization and medical treatment. Victims in this type of situation are likely thinking one overriding thought: What do I do now?
For Connecticut residents who are looking forward to going for a bicycle ride now that spring weather is starting to arrive, there are some important safety concerns to be aware of. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps track of detailed statistics about bicycle safety in America, and some of these statistics can point out trends that bicyclists should be sure to know.
Spring is in the air in Connecticut and throughout the country, which means more people will be getting outside to walk, jog or bike for exercise and transportation needs. While it can feel great to get out and enjoy the warming weather this spring, the sad reality is that the coming of spring also means more pedestrians will be injured in car collisions. Will this spring be any different? Will drivers finally be on the lookout for pedestrians this year?
Car "accidents" happen all the time in Connecticut and throughout the country, but the reality is that these "accidents" are, more often than not, the fault of one of the drivers involved in the wreck. One of the most dangerous concerns that Connecticut resident might encounter on the roads is a drunk driver.
Several previous posts here have noted how dangerous distracted driving can be on the roadways in Connecticut. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents caused by this reckless conduct. To try to help every driver on the roads, a recent article had some tips for drivers to reduce distracted driving.
The vast majority of car accidents that occur in Connecticut are so-called "fender-benders," resulting in damage to the vehicles involved but no injuries, or, at least no serious injuries. Unfortunately, there are some car accidents that are quite a bit more dangerous for the drivers and passengers involved. These serious car accidents result in catastrophic injuries, and the most dangerous of injuries is probably a brain injury.
Fatal car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America. Unfortunately, here in Connecticut we have our fair share of accidents, including those that lead to the death of a person involved. According to a recent report, that is exactly what happened in a collision that occurred on February 27.
There are many tragic stories of the impact that distracted driving is having on individuals and families throughout the country. It used to be that drunk drivers were the biggest threat to anyone on the roadways, but now distracted driving is commonly considered just as dangerous. And, like it or not, millions of people engage in distracted driving every day, including many Connecticut residents.
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?