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?
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.
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.
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?
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.