Residents in Connecticut may be interested in reading about some of the inherent hazards involved with driving, as described by the Federal Highway Administration. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of all traffic accidents involved horizontal curves on U.S. roadways. Researches also discovered that a crash was three times as more likely to occur on curved roadways than on the tangent sections of the roadway.
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.
Many Connecticut residents are aware that driver fatigue is a serious concern for both trucking companies and government regulators. The scope of the problem was demonstrated when a box truck struck a car and school bus in Washington on March 5. A 22-year-old woman lost her life in the crash, and 43 children were hospitalized. Washington State Police say that the truck driver is thought to have been asleep at the time of the accident.
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.
According to reports, an accident involving a car and box truck that occurred on Jan. 28 in Danbury injured two people. The accident happened around 9:50 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-84.
A driver that suffers a whiplash injury in Connecticut may endure immense hardship as a result. Though the occurrence of whiplash injuries may be mitigated to a certain degree by wearing proper restraints while driving, it may actually not be possible to prevent them entirely. As such, whiplash continues to be one of the most common forms of injury for motorists.
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.
Some Connecticut residents may have a poor understanding of what whiplash is. Whiplash is generally caused by a sudden acceleration followed by a sudden deceleration in a motor vehicle accident, causing the head to go violently forward and then back.
Two Burger King employees were struck by an SUV as they attempted to cross Route 7 in New Milford on Nov. 12. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m.