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.
Drivers in Connecticut may need to think about the wet weather that comes with spring because, according to AAA, these conditions are a contributing factor in 1.2 million traffic collisions around the country every year. While remaining alert is one of the best things drivers can do to avoid accidents on wet roads, there are several other tips that they could use.
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.
When someone is involved in a car accident, one of the worst injuries he or she might receive is a fracture to the sternum. These fractures normally are also associated with numerous other injury types, and the fracture itself may cause additional damage to the organs and tissues the bone protects.
Every year in Connecticut, incidents involving road rage occur, some resulting in tragic accidents. While it may be impossible to control the behavior of others, drivers can do certain things in order to lessen their likelihood of being the target of road rage.
Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that Congressman Ryan Paul and his chief of staff have been named as defendants in a personal injury case. Initially filed in a trial court in the District of Columbia, the case involves a car accident that occurred in 2004.
In Connecticut, a car's owner may be held responsible for injuries caused in a car accident even if the owner was not driving the vehicle. In cases in which a vehicle's owner negligently entrusted the vehicle to another person who the owner knew to be a bad driver, liability may stand.
Most drivers have experienced road rage at some point or another. Occasionally, this rage may lead to confrontations or car accidents. In the state of Connecticut, repeat aggressive driving offenders can be sent to a Driver Retraining program in order to manage their behavior.
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.