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May 2015 Archives

Can I recover damages from a negligent driver if I was negligent?

If suffer a personal injury in a car accident in New Haven County, you would normally have the right to seek damages from a negligent driver who was responsible for causing the accident. However, things get a bit more complicated when your negligence might also have contributed to the accident or to your injuries. Fortunately, Connecticut laws do not bar you from recovering, but they may limit the amount that you will receive in a lawsuit or in a settlement.

Upholding your recovery rights in car vs. pedestrian accidents

Frequently when we see stories about traffic accidents, the focus is on the drivers and the passengers. Less frequently asked is the question of whether there were any pedestrians involved, but in a modern society in which people on foot must coexist with automobiles and trucks on a daily basis, the rights of the pedestrian can too easily forgotten. Some drivers can lose sight of the fact that it is not just other drivers they need to be looking out for, and the result can be that something as simple as crossing a street can become a life-altering injury event instead.

Can a violation of law be negligence in Connecticut?

Connecticut has many laws that govern traffic safety. These laws apply to behaviors ranging from driving at the proper speed, to avoiding drugs or alcohol, to the use of seatbelts and child restraints. So what is the effect, if any, when you get into an accident with another driver and that driver was in violation of a traffic safety law when the accident happened? 

Truck driver hours of service regulations: an overview

The problem of truck driver fatigue is one that has caused deaths, injuries, and property damage for as long as commercial vehicles have existed. The problem serious enough in every state, including Connecticut, that the federal government has exercised its regulatory authority in an attempt to reduce the problem of accidents caused by drowsy truck drivers.

Can a violation of law be negligence in Connecticut?

Connecticut has many laws that govern traffic safety. These laws apply to behaviors ranging from driving at the proper speed, to avoiding drugs or alcohol, to the use of seatbelts and child restraints. So what is the effect, if any, when you get into an accident with another driver and that driver was in violation of a traffic safety law when the accident happened?

Vertical pavement edges on Connecticut roads pose safety risk

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, a vertical roadway edge contributes to drivers losing control of vehicles when they go onto the shoulder. The vertical edge can cause tire scrubbing that is linked to rollover or head-on crashes. Studies conducted by multiple states found that crashes involving these edge drop-offs increased the chances of a fatality by two to four times.

Dangerous horizontal curves ahead

Residents in Connecticut may be interested in reading about some of the inherent hazards involved with driving, as described by the Federal Highway Administration. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of all traffic accidents involved horizontal curves on U.S. roadways. Researches also discovered that a crash was three times as more likely to occur on curved roadways than on the tangent sections of the roadway.