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.
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.
Motorists who operate vehicles after consuming drugs pose a distinct risk on the roads of Connecticut and other states. Alcohol and other psychoactive drugs impact the way people's brains operate. Such changes in cognitive function may contribute to further shifts in perception, with most scientific evidence suggesting that some motorists can become notably impaired. In 2013, millions of people nationwide admitted to using various drugs while driving.
Two Connecticut women were hospitalized on July 11 after their vehicles collided. The head-on collision happened in the morning in Columbia. Authorities closed down the highway while emergency crews responded to the accident scene.
Two people were seriously injured after a car accident in Connecticut over the weekend, as law enforcement officials begin the arduous task of investigating the scene. The car accident occurred at an intersection, and one of the drivers was severely injured -- requiring extrication from her vehicle.