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.
Everyone knows that when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel of his or her vehicle after having too much to drink, it is a mistake. However, these things still happen despite the fact that drunk driving is a 100 percent preventable decision. Obviously, a large percentage of fault lies with the intoxicated driver following an accident. However, did you know that if the intoxicated driver that caused a car accident was over served at a bar or restaurant, that establishment could share a portion of the liability?
We all know that driving is more dangerous in bad weather. Road conditions deteriorate, visibility decreases, traffic may stop and start, and vehicle performance is affected. Drivers must be at their best in rain, snow and ice. Unfortunately, many people fail to adjust their driving to dangerous weather conditions.
There are few things more eye opening than the suddenness of a Bridgeport car crash. Victims of an automobile collision often describe the event as happening very quickly with little to no time to react to the situation. When a victim is injured and harmed by a negligent driver, there are legal options available. Pain and suffering is just one possible category of retribution for those who have suffered serious injuries in a car accident.
At the Connecticut Department of Transportation's traffic safety summit on December 3, researchers from the University of Connecticut revealed that the most dangerous intersection in Bridgeport is at East Washington Avenue and Housatonic Avenue. Because it is an intersection, the danger is not limited to vehicle-on-vehicle accidents. Pedestrians and cyclists are also at risk for serious or fatal injuries from negligent drivers.