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August 2015 Archives

Pedestrians face risks posed by distracted driver mistakes

Pedestrians usually end up being the losers in an auto-pedestrian accident. Rules, such as those requiring drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, have been enacted into law in Connecticut in an effort to protect people from drivers whose failure to yield can prove deadly. Unfortunately, laws cannot prevent a person from being injured while walking on the street when drivers ignore them.

Strategic considerations following a drunk-driver accident

Getting into any car accident with another driver is never a good thing, but being involved in an accident that involves a drunk driver almost always makes things worse. Drivers under the influence of alcohol frequently engage in behaviors that make accident consequences more serious, such as driving too fast or crossing the centerline to cause a head-on collision.

How bad tires could lead to a car accident

The tires on your car are one of its most important components. Yet, it is also one of the most overlooked. Neglecting the health of your tires could lead to a car accident, especially when it is raining or Connecticut’s brutal snowy winter sets in. Here are some issues you need to look out for to make sure you are safe on the road.

Drunk driving trends in Connecticut

No matter where you go within the United States, if you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent, you will be charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or a similar offense. Even without the legal aspect of it, being a drunk driver can lead to a fatal accident. Connecticut has strict laws regarding the act, but drivers still choose to drive after having too many drinks.

What happens if I do not win my case at trial?

Seeking compensation from another driver or that person's insurer after a car accident can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process even if you prevail at trial. And not every plaintiff is successful in the courtroom. If you have gone through the process of seeking recompense for your personal injury and property loss as the result of a collision with another driver, and the matter not only did not settle before trial but the jury's decision went against you, you will need to decide whether to appeal that decision to a Connecticut appellate court.

Are funeral expenses recoverable for Connecticut wrongful death?

A fatal car accident in New Haven can leave those who are grieving over the loss of a loved one with difficult decisions to make about the accident. When a person is killed or injured as the result of the negligence of another, Connecticut laws allow the accident victim or, in cases in which the victim was killed, the representative of the victim’s estate to file a claim for compensation.

I've been offered a settlement of my claim. Should I accept it?

Insurance companies have a few things in common. In their advertising they all want you to believe that they are "on your side," and that "like a good neighbor" you are "in good hands" with them. Something else they have in common is that they are profit-driven businesses that are driven ultimately by their bottom lines and not by altruism. What this can mean to you is that if you are involved in a car accident here in Alabama you may discover a side to your insurer, or if another driver was at fault his insurer, that may not be quite as friendly as they were before the accident happened.