The holidays can be a busy and stressful time of year. As you're traveling between holiday parties and family activities and taking care of that last minute shopping, keep in mind that the majority of the population is doing the same thing, and many of them are ignoring the rules of the road or distracted by thoughts of the next party they have to attend.
It is an unfortunate fact of modern life in the United States that automobile accidents are quite common, and that they cause millions of dollars in damage to property and in medical costs to injured people every year. With the sheer number of cars on the roads, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Further, the more time one spends driving, such as during a commute, the more likely it is one could be the victim of another driver's negligence. The civil law exists, in part, to allow those hurt at the fault of someone else to recover damages from that individual to help make the victim whole.
Every Connecticut resident who has gone through the process of testing for and receiving his or her driver's license is aware of the term "defensive driving." This is generally defined as driving while being aware of what other people are doing on the road, and never making assumptions that other drivers will do what is expected. There is no doubt that this is the best policy as a practical matter, and will likely help drivers avoid car accidents in many situations.
Previous posts here have discussed the aspects of negligence, as it is generally the most widely used cause of action in civil lawsuits in Connecticut when a person has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else. Understanding the basics of such a claim and the elements is important, but so too is knowing the possible defenses a negligent driver might use to attempt to avoid liability.
Previous posts here have discussed the concept of negligence. Our readers may remember that in many car accidents a person suffering property damage or injury may be able to recover monetary damages from another person who was behaving in a negligent manner. The basic elements of negligence include that the individual alleged to be at fault must have had a legal duty, that the duty was breached and that the breach of the duty caused the damages to the victim.
This blog has discussed various aspects of negligence, both when it comes to car accidents, and other personal injury lawsuits. The basic concepts in these cases are the same, though the facts are likely to differ widely. One concept that may be valuable to Connecticut residents who suffer damages in a motor vehicle accident is that of "comparative negligence."
While some drivers in Bridgeport play fast and loose with speed limits, these laws do exist for a reason. There is abundant evidence that shows that traffic fatalities increase with the speeds of vehicles involved in accidents. While going slightly over the limit may not seem like a big deal, serious speeding violations can have devastating consequences.
Once again, drivers in Connecticut rank among the most dangerous in the country. A study by NerdWallet shows that New Haven is the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S. for driving and owning a car.
Previous posts here have discussed various aspects of car accidents, including what Connecticut requires of someone who's been involved in one, as well as the frequency of such accidents on some of the roads in the state. Last fall, we touched on the concept of negligence, and gave some examples of what might be negligent behavior behind the wheel. Today we'll take a closer look at the term and what it actually entails.
Everyone who drives knows, or should know, that they face the possibility of getting into an accident. Still, in the aftermath of a car accident, many people don't know what they should do next. The state of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles produces a driver's manual that contains a section regarding how the state wants residents to behave in the case of a motor vehicle crash. The first thing you need to know is that if you are involved in accident, you must stop. This is true, even if you hit a parked car. It may be a crime for you leave the scene of an accident if someone has been injured. You must take care that your vehicle, if possible is off the roadway, so it is not a hazard to other drivers. Further, do not walk or stand around in traffic lanes, as you increase your chances of being hurt by other vehicles driving by. Do not go near any downed power lines, or smoke near an accident scene, as fuel may have been spilled. Do not move any injured individual unless there is an immediate danger to that person like a fire or likelihood of being struck by another vehicle.