Connecticut drivers undoubtedly know the expansive list of concerns when they are out on the road and the danger of being in a car accident without even knowing the actual statistics. When the numbers are examined, these concerns increase exponentially. In 2015, the number of deaths on highways is believed to have surpassed 40,000. If accurate, that would be the highest number of deaths in the almost 10 years. Understanding why the numbers are increasing is important to try and prevent an accident. It is also important to know the cause of an accident after it has happened so the victims can seek compensation in a legal filing.
Winter in Connecticut has its advantages. Many people enjoy participating in outdoor cold-weather activities, such as skiing, ice-skating and sledding. Some simply like walking around looking at the freshly-fallen snow. Unfortunately, however, for those that have to travel during the winter, whether for a long trip or just a daily commute, snow, ice and slush can be dangerous.
Life in the modern world, especially in the United States, makes driving a car almost a necessity for most people. Outside large urban areas, private vehicles are the most efficient and sometimes only way to get from one place to another. Even those who live near Connecticut's cities likely need a car to commute to work or get to other places they need to go.
Being in a car accident is no fun. Even if the individual involved feels he or she came out OK, there's the after effects of the adrenaline that no doubt flooded the person's bloodstream, not to mention the possible need to repair or replace the vehicle. Then, the realization may hit that it also means having to deal with an insurance company and possibly even the court system. It may sometimes seem like it'd be better, assuming the vehicle is still operational, to drive off and try to forget it happened. There are however, several reasons that make this course of action a bad idea in most cases.
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, travel on Connecticut's roadways tends to increase around the winter holidays. The weeks between Christmas and New Year's Day generally find heavy traffic on the highways that transect the state, as well as in urban areas like Bridgeport. Unfortunately, this, coupled with the penchant for residents to be going to and from parties where alcohol is served during this time period, as well as the often inclement winter weather the state experiences, can contribute to a rise in serious accidents. The results of these crashes can be serious, with injuries and death as potential consequences.
Between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, late December is a time for celebration in many Connecticut households. People get together with family, or perhaps head out with friends to bars or clubs to let off some steam after a long year, and welcome the reset that people assume a change in the calendar numbers will provide. As with most of the United States, alcoholic beverages often play a significant role in these celebrations. At times like this, even otherwise responsible people may slip and decide to operate a motor vehicle after having had a few too many drinks.
Connecticut residents are well aware that the roads in the state can be quite crowded, especially at certain times of the day and year. With the major winter holidays approaching, more and more people will be travelling to visit family and friends in the upcoming weeks. With Connecticut situated between two major metroplexes, New York and Boston, and home to a major interstate highway, I-95, running between them, the state's roads are bound to see an influx of traffic over this period of time.
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.