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February 2015 Archives

Large truck accidents and their causes

Connecticut drivers might be interested to learn that, in 2012, truck crashes killed 3,921 people and injured 104,000. There were 333,000 trucks involved in trucking accident cases that year. The majority of people who died in these crashes were in other vehicles at the time of the crash. A majority of serious injuries also involved occupants of other vehicles.

Connecticut accident harms several people

Several vehicles were involved in an accident on the early morning of Feb. 14 in Wallingford that caused Interstate 91 to be shut down for approximately six hours. An initial car accident resulted in one vehicle being broken down on I-91 northbound between exits 14 and 15. Another vehicle then approached and struck the disabled vehicle in the rear.

Young people at greatest risk of drunk driving fatality

Connecticut readers might be interested to learn that, according to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in 2012 were the result of drunk driving collisions. In raw numbers, 10,322 people were killed in 2012 in such crashes. According to a 2010 study titled The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, the annual cost to Americans from alcohol-related accidents is in excess of $59 billion.

Shoulder injuries in car accidents

Connecticut drivers and other people who may have been in an accident might have suffered harm to their shoulder. The assembly of collarbone, shoulder blade and upper arm is one of the most critical physical structures to the human body, and the tremendous stresses associated with an automobile collision may cause minor or major trauma to the area.

Crashes caused by worn tires

Motorists in Connecticut may know that worn tires can increase the risk of being involved in a car accident. Researchers discovered that many tires lose a significant amount of grip by the time they reach the halfway point. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that approximately half the 11,500 vehicles inspected in a test were equipped with at least one half-worn tire, and 10 percent had at least one tire that was bald.

Distracted driving injuries and fatalities

While most Connecticut drivers know that distracted driving is extremely dangerous, they may not know just how serious it can be. In fact, every day, it is estimated that nine people lose their lives in crashes that are caused by distracted drivers. Additionally, more than 1,100 people suffer injuries in associated crashes.

Rolling over: surviving the most extreme car accidents

A vehicle rollover can be catastrophic for those inside; though cars only roll in three percent of serious accidents, rollovers accounts for a third of all car accident fatalities. However, Connecticut drivers may be pleased to hear that rollover safety is increasing. New federal regulations in 2009 increased the required roof resistance from the original 1973 standard, while the rate of rollover fatalities in new cars dropped by over three quarters between 2000 and 2012.