In Connecticut, as in most states, drunk driving poses a potential risk to other drivers on the road. Driving under the influence can lessen a driver's ability to respond to changes in road conditions and it can also impair a driver's judgment. One man reportedly discovered this when he caused a two-car accident that injured three people.
As Connecticut residents are well aware, tragedy can strike at any moment. One negligent or distracted driver can sadly take the lives of one or even many. This may be what occurred on a sad day in New London in 2007, when a car accident on Interstate 95 in East Lyme killed three people. Five years later a jury deliberated on the facts of the civil suit and awarded $15.7 million to the family members.
Instances of medical malpractice can often be tragic. A physician is a trusted individual, but also a human being capable of making mistakes. Yet, a medical malpractice claim, often misunderstood, is not brought for small, everyday mistakes. Instead, such a claim involves the failure of a medical provider to meet the standard of care and in so doing, likely substantially harmed another individual. Medical malpractice claims do not only involve a physician but can also be brought against a hospital. A state neighboring Connecticut recently experienced a medical malpractice suit involving a substantial birth injury.
Any accident can be a terrifying experience. When two vehicles collide while traveling at a fast speed, the impact is no doubt hard felt. Bus accidents are particularly dangerous events as they involve large vehicles that can do more damage. Tragically, a recent bus collision near Connecticut ended with one fatality and another in critical condition.
The most troubling type of car crash is often the kind that was particularly avoidable. An example of such an unnecessary event might involve drinking and driving. When an individual gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, their ability is impaired significantly. Such a decision too often results in a drunk driving accident that potentially injures many others.
Connecticut residents likely spent the last few weeks traveling to be with family, eating delicious meals and delivering gifts to loved ones. The holiday season is always an exciting and busy time. As this holiday wraps up, the state of Connecticut has also tallied the numbers of accidents that occurred during the New Year's holiday time frame. Unfortunately, the total number of road related incidents, including crashes, arrests, citations and tickets issued hit in the hundreds.
Connecticut readers of this blog would probably agree there are few things more terrifying than being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. In addition, the serious injury, medical expenses, and pain and suffering that often result from a crash can be life changing to those involved. However, it is possible that something else can make all of this worse: watching the driver of the vehicle you are riding in slowly fall asleep and cause the accident. This is just what occurred to passengers involved in a deadly bus accident that occurred last year.
There are many hazards to confront on the road while driving a motor vehicle. Negligent drivers, fallen trees and poor road conditions are just some examples of factors that have the potential to cause serious injury. Sometimes, driving late at night can be a contributing factor to a car accident. On the dark roads, drivers are more likely to be tired. Visibility is reduced. Some drivers may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
One negligent driver can create incredible consequences for anyone involved. Often, the extreme injury we can cause with our vehicles escapes us, and we often take the safe travel we experience while driving for granted. However, one distracted turn, a decision to speed or a reckless move can cause serious harm to one's self or another and tragically, even death can result in a car accident. One Norwalk, Connecticut woman is currently facing the consequences of her potentially negative driving decision.
A tragic crash on Jan. 17, 2003, is the subject of ongoing litigation in Connecticut. And now it has clearance to keep on going. On the winter night in question, a group of Yale college students was returning from a fraternity pledge event in New York City when the SUV driven by a frat member crashed into a tractor-trailer. Four of the passengers in the SUV died as a result of the car accident. The estate of one of the victims has been seeking to sue the fraternity since 2005 and the Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled it can proceed.