Police in Connecticut's state capital say that they have yet to determine what may have caused a two-car crash in the early morning hours of March 31 that claimed the life of a 40-year-old man and injured three others. Hartford police say that their accident investigation unit is canvassing the North End residential neighborhood where the accident occurred. Officers were also observed collecting surveillance camera footage to determine if one of the cars was speeding or ran a red light immediately prior to the collision.
According to local authorities, a woman caused a fatal collision on Dec. 4 in Bridgeport after slamming her BMW into a Subaru. The incident occurred after the woman who was a state corrections officer for 16 years left her home early that morning on her way to work and detoured to St. Vincent's Medical Center instead. She told the police that she decided to seek treatment for anxiety about her wedding due to relationship issues with her fiance.
Connecticut residents may not have heard the recent statistics concerning motorcycle accidents provided by the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the report, individuals who travel by motorcycle are 26 times more likely per vehicle mile to die in a traffic collision than individuals who travel by car. The department classifies motorcycles as being two or three-wheeled motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, mini bikes, off-road motorcycles and pocket bikes.
Fatality statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the most deaths resulting from traffic accidents occur among passenger vehicle occupants. Passenger vehicles are cars, pickup trucks, minivans, SUVs and large passenger vans. Residents of Connecticut might be intrigued to learn that in 2012, 33,561 crash deaths were reported, and 65 percent, or 21,795 people, were occupants of passenger vehicles.
A teen bicyclist was killed on Oct. 6 after he was struck by two motor vehicles, purportedly. Authorities stated that the accident took place near the Waterbury intersection of Baldwin and Pleasant streets at approximately 8 p.m.
Connecticut State Police say that a woman riding a motorcycle died in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 84 on Aug. 14. The crash happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes around exit 44 as the motorcycle traveled through West Hartford. Traffic in the area was congested for about three hours as a result of the fatal accident.
A July 8 motorcycle crash resulted in a man's death, authorities reported. Stratford police officers commenced an investigation into the fatal accident, which reportedly occurred shortly before 10 a.m.
Police say that a man was killed in an accident on Route 34 in Orange on June 16. According to law enforcement, the man was driving his car southbound on Dogburn Avenue when he was struck by a van going west on Derby Avenue at about 8 a.m.
A multi-vehicle collision in Connecticut recently claimed the life of one individual and left three others injured. This fatal accident required local law enforcement to close down the road for several hours while they worked to clear the scene. Accidents such as this will almost certainly leave those injured and family members of the deceased looking for answers and seeking justice for the losses suffered.
Accidents that occur between motorcycles and regular passenger vehicles can often produce severe physical consequences for the motorcycle driver. While many enjoy the sense of freedom gained by driving a motorcycle, these vehicles also offer far less protection than that of a regular passenger automobile. This lack of protection could turn what might have been a mild or moderate incident into a fatal accident for Connecticut motorcyclists.