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November 2015 Archives

Hit by a drunk driver? Compensation may be available

Driving while impaired is a problem nationwide. Sadly, despite public safety campaigns and DUI enforcement, Connecticut is not immune to this issue. In fact, this is a problem that affects numerous Connecticut residents every year. When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in injury or fatality, the victim or his or her surviving family members may seek compensation through legal means.

Connecticut car accidents: Truck hits parked cars and building

Police in Connecticut are investigating an accident that occurred mid-November in the northern portion of the state. A pickup truck is said to have hit several parked cars before hitting a building. Car accidents like this are more common than some would like to think. When they do occur, those negatively affected may have legal recourse.

Drunk driving accidents still require proof of negligence

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to become the victim of drunk driving accident in New Haven, Connecticut. A victim who suffers serious injuries at the hands of a drunk driver might be entitled to financial compensation, but notice the use of the word “might.” Being in an accident with a driver who is intoxicated does not automatically establish negligence on the part of that person.

Police learn auto-pedestrian accident investigation techniques

An auto-pedestrian accident with serious injuries, or a fatal pedestrian accident, usually results in an investigation by police to determine the cause. If evidence is found to prove that the accident was caused by a negligent driver who was distracted by texting and driving or by a driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, this information would be helpful in a lawsuit by the victim for compensation.

Drunk driving accident statistics point to serious problem

According to a survey reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.1 percent of the drivers in Connecticut admitted to driving after they had consumed too much alcohol. Combined with other statistics stating that 30 people die each day in U.S. accidents involving an intoxicated driver, the chances of becoming a victim in a drunk driving accident are pretty high.

Faulty tires responsible for catastrophic injuries

There is any number of things that can happen to cause a car accident. A reckless driver traveling at speeds far in excess of the posted limits, a distracted driver who is too busy texting and driving to notice a stop sign or a drunk driver who cannot stay in his or her lane of travel are just a few of the many hazards faced by motorists.

New truck accident risks might be on the horizon in Connecticut

The risk of a tractor-trailer crash caused by truck driver fatigue or by a distracted truck driver is already a threat to the safety of motorists who travel throughout Connecticut. Congress is preparing to consider making changes to driver work schedules, reducing the minimum age for truck drivers and permitting larger trucks carrying heavier loads to use the nation’s highways.

Truck driver fatigue and other causes of truck accidents

Just the size and weight of most of the commercial trucks travelling daily on Connecticut highways are enough to intimidate the average motorist. A distracted truck driver can endanger people’s lives in a semi truck crash just as easily as a truck company that sends one of its vehicles on the road with defective or improperly maintained equipment.