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New Haven Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Arrest made in hit-and-run pedestrian accident

Virtually every Connecticut driver is aware that if an auto accident takes place, the proper course of action is to stop and address the matter. In some cases, a simple exchange of insurance information is sufficient. In other instances, rendering emergency first aid is required, as is remaining on the scene until emergency responders and police officers arrive. In a recent hit\-and\-run pedestrian accident, none of those things took place after a driver struck a construction worker.

The accident took place in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Construction workers were in the area, and a flagger was working along the roadway to alert vehicles of the need to slow down and remain alert for the presence of people and construction vehicles. A driver approached the worker, and his vehicle made contact with the worker's body. The driver did not stop, and was pursued by state police who were working at the scene.

Fatal accident was the result of wrong way highway driving

Few things are more frightening to Connecticut drivers than encountering a wrong-way driver on a dark stretch of road. That was the exact scenario that one driver faced on a recent night close to New Haven. The result was a fatal accident that claimed the lives of both drivers. The story serves as a warning to all drivers of the increased hazards that come with driving in the early morning hours.

According to police who responded to the scene of the accident, a 27-year-old woman was driving in a northbound direction in the southbound lanes of travel on Route 15. A 53-year-old woman was traveling southbound when she encountered the other automobile. The resulting collision sent both women to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Neither woman was able to survive those injuries.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents cause lasting injuries

Looking both ways before crossing the street may not be enough.

Distracted driving gets much of the negative attention when it comes to car accidents, but accidents between drivers and pedestrians are a serious public safety concern. In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were in fatal accidents with vehicles, an average of 13 per day and an increase from the previous year.

Pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle in Connecticut dies

Auto-pedestrian accidents are far from rare occurrences these days. Recently, a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle in Connecticut died from his injuries. Investigators say that the driver failed to stop after hitting the man.

It was recently reported that an elderly gentleman was struck while standing next to his car in a residential neighborhood. The 81-year-old was in the area visiting his older sister when the crash occurred. According to reports, at approximately 9 p.m., the victim was hit by a white SUV near Madison Terrace and Arlington Street in Bridgeport. Sadly, he died at the scene of the accident.

Intersection crash in Hampton kills 1, injures 2

A two-vehicle auto accident in Connecticut is said to be responsible for injuring two individuals and killing another. The intersection crash occurred in Hampton on Thursday, June 24. The current conditions of the surviving victims have not been reported.

According to reports, this incident occurred at the intersection of Route 97 and Route 6. Authorities believe that a car driven by a 74-year-old male -- for reasons unknown -- entered the path of and collided with a vehicle driven by a 40-year-old male. The elderly gentleman was critically injured in the wreck and was transported to a hospital where he later died. A passenger in his car and the driver of the other vehicle also suffered injuries in the crash, though they are expected to recover.

Compensation for texting-related car accidents

Texting while driving is still a serious problem across the country, Connecticut included. It is unfortunate that, despite repeated warnings and laws being put in place, many drivers still choose to text while operating their motor vehicles. Because of this choice, numerous car accidents happen -- some of which prove fatal. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a texting-related auto collision, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.

There are those who would argue that intoxicated drivers are a bigger problem than distracted drivers. However, it has been well documented that distracted driving is equally impairing as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. When a driver sends or reads a text, his or her eyes are off the road, usually for several seconds. This gives him or her enough time to travel a relatively long distance -- depending on the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. A lot can happen in those few seconds.

Speed a contributing factor in Connecticut fatal accident

A recent car crash in Connecticut is responsible for the death of one individual. The fatal accident reportedly occurred in Bridgeport on June 19. Police believe that speed was a factor in this tragic event.

According to reports, a 31-year-old male was driving through an intersection when his vehicle was struck by another car. The impact of the crash is said to have split the victim's automobile in two. Sadly, according to a video report, this gentleman died at the scene of the accident.

Connecticut car accidents: 1 killed, 1 injured in crash

A collision between a motorcycle and a car in Connecticut killed one person and left another individual with serious injuries. Police are still in the process of investigating this incident. Sadly, car accidents like this do tend to have such tragic outcomes as motorcycle riders lack the same protections offered by traditional automobiles.

This particular crash reportedly occurred on Interstate 91 the morning of June 13, in Enfield. A 26-year-old woman, who was driving her car in the center lane, moved to the right lane and struck the motorcycle with the back end of her vehicle. This caused the motorcycle's driver -- a 47-year-old male -- to lose control and crash. A passenger on the bike -- a 47-year-old female -- died in the wreck, while the driver suffered unspecified injuries. His current condition is unknown.

Fatal accident takes the life of author Mercer Mayer's daughter

In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 11, the daughter of famed children's author Mercer Mayer was killed in an auto collision. The fatal accident occurred on Route 67 in Connecticut. The driver believed responsible for the crash suffered unspecified injuries in the wreck.

According to reports, the victim was heading home late at night when her vehicle was struck head-on in the Bridgewater area. The driver thought responsible -- a 23-year-old male -- had apparently crossed the centerline of traffic and struck the victim's car. Both of the drivers were transported to an area hospital. Ms. Mayer died shortly after arrival, while the other driver was treated and released.

Drunk driving accidents are a state and national problem

Impaired drivers can be found every day on roads across the United States. Sadly, Connecticut is not immune to this issue. As a result, drunk driving accidents occur rather frequently, leaving victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members with numerous challenges to overcome.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistics, three people are killed in alcohol-related collisions approximately every two hours. This results in thousands of deaths annually due to impaired drivers. Any number is considered too great when it comes to fatal drunk driving accidents. With the number of adults who have reported driving while intoxicated -- 4 million in 2010 -- it is amazing that the number of fatalities is not higher.