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.
Connecticut drivers may want to learn more about a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that in 2012, over 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency room due to motor vehicle accidents. Based in part upon statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the study revealed that more than 33,000 people died that same year in motor vehicle collisions. The CDC found that people over the age of 80, young adults and teenagers were most likely to be in accidents.
Many people who are injured in car accidents in Connecticut are unsure what to do when the other driver is at fault. By gaining an understanding of what to do after a car accident ahead of time, a person may be better prepared to seek compensation after they are involved in a crash.
Connecticut drivers might be interested in some facts about one type of injury that can result from a serious car accident. In severe cases, an injury to the jaw can require surgery and lengthy recovery time in order to completely heal.
A two-car accident at the intersection of Garden and Mather Streets in Hartford on March 31 left one person dead and one vehicle in flames. The police, fire department and EMS arrived on the scene to manage the area, put out the flames and transport victims to a nearby hospital. Investigators have not yet determined in alcohol, speed or the failure to stop at a red light were contributing factors in the accident.
When someone is involved in a car accident, one of the worst injuries he or she might receive is a fracture to the sternum. These fractures normally are also associated with numerous other injury types, and the fracture itself may cause additional damage to the organs and tissues the bone protects.
Most public service announcements on distracted driving focus on texting behind the wheel while ignoring other dangerous behaviors. In a recent survey conducted by Oregon State University, 27 percent of teenagers reported that they change their shoes or clothes as they drive. Some of the other drive-time activities discovered in the study include applying makeup, doing homework and changing contact lenses. As teenagers become busier, they may try to add more dangerous activities into their commute.
Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that Congressman Ryan Paul and his chief of staff have been named as defendants in a personal injury case. Initially filed in a trial court in the District of Columbia, the case involves a car accident that occurred in 2004.
A portion of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 691 was closed off for about four hours following a multiple-vehicle crash that killed a Waterbury man on March 9 in Cheshire. According to reports from the Department of Transportation, the highway was fully open later that evening, allowing traffic flow to resume where the accident took place between Exits 3 and 4. The investigation of the circumstances regarding the incident was ongoing, said authorities.
In Connecticut, a car's owner may be held responsible for injuries caused in a car accident even if the owner was not driving the vehicle. In cases in which a vehicle's owner negligently entrusted the vehicle to another person who the owner knew to be a bad driver, liability may stand.