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High costs for medical care associated with bike accidents

As a previous post on our blog discussed, bicyclists on and near the roadways face a wide variety of dangers. While riding a bike is a fun hobby, a great source of exercise, and an excellent way to get around efficiently, biking can also be hazardous when other motorists act negligently. An automobile-bicycle accident can be a tragic event, seriously injuring or killing a bicyclist. In fact, these types of collisions can leave victims with extensive damages that can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature.

The usage of bikes across the nation has skyrocketed. While this is generally considered a good thing, it has its downfalls. According to a study by UC San Francisco, non-fatal bicycle accidents account for $789 million in medical costs each year. When looking at a 17-year span, both non-fatal and fatal medical costs amount to $237 billion. In 2013 alone, the costs associated with bike accidents exceeded $24.4 billion. To put this number in perspective, this is almost double the cost associated with occupational illnesses occurring during the same time period.

What are common causes of a fatal bicycle crashes?

Connecticut residents rely on all modes of transportation. While some might use a bicycle for exercise or to enjoy the outdoors, others use bikes as a primary source of transportation to get to work and school. Although this can be an effective way to get around, not all motorists are on the constant lookout for bicyclists. Whether due to distractions or other forms of negligence, inattentive drivers can cause devastating bicycle accident. Since bicyclists do not have much to protect them, one of these wrecks can cause serious injuries and even death.

What can cause a fatal bike crash? Negligence often plays a significant role in these accidents. Motorists have a duty to drive safely, ensuring that bicyclists who may be on the road are kept safe. Failing to uphold this duty could cause a sudden and fatal crash.

Overexertion while lifting: a major cause of workplace accidents

The workplace can be viewed as many things, but most do not consider it a place where their health and well-being is at danger. Unfortunately, even in work environments that do not have apparent risks and dangers could be the cause of an employee's injury or illness. Thus, it is important to be aware of these sometimes hidden risks, how to protect yourself, and what could be done if you fall victim to a workplace accident or work-related illness.

According to current statistics, overexertion during manual lifting activities in the workplace maintains its place as the leading occupational health and safety issue. While there is currently no approach that can eliminate the risk of injuries to workers, effective training and ergonomically designed equipment could help reduce the occurrence of these injuries.

Work injuries and illnesses resulting from heat exposure

Especially during the summer, employees in Connecticut are required to work in hot environments. Whether it is outside in the sun and summer heat, or indoors in a factory or plant near hot equipment or material, workers could suffer serious injuries and illnesses from heat exposure. Such a situation could pose significant health risks for an individual, making it important for employees to understand what rights they are afforded in the event that they are injured on the job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration places a heavy focus on heat stress suffered by outdoor workers. Even their campaign emphasizes the importance of water, rest and shade. But what about employees vulnerable to heat stress that do not work outdoors?

What is a driver's duty of care around pedestrians?

Most days, motorists in Connecticut encounter pedestrians. This could occur on a city street, in a residential area, or in a parking lot. While it is commonplace to see people traveling by foot, motorists are not always prepared for a pedestrian to cross in front of their vehicle. Nonetheless, there is a certain expectation that a motorist drives safely enough and pays enough attention to avoid colliding with pedestrians who may be in their vicinity. This refers to the duty of care that a driver has while operating a motor vehicle.

When assessing the cause of and liability for a pedestrian accident, four elements are looked at. First, whether a motorist owed a legal duty to the pedestrian under the circumstances of the incident. Second, whether or not that duty was breached by either action or inaction. The third element is whether an accident actually occurred. Finally, whether any harm or injury was suffered by the pedestrian as a result of the accident.

Helping recover compensation following a pedestrian accident

No one expects to be involved in an accident. It can be even more shocking and unexpected when an individual suffers severe injuries in a wreck caused by a negligent or reckless driver. In a car accident, victims can suffer serious and traumatic injuries, but the severity of these injuries can increase exponentially in an accident involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle. Although motorists are taught to drive safely around pedestrians, and rules and regulations have been passed to reduce these collisions, this does not always prevent pedestrian accidents.

A person is unable to stand up to the size and speed of a vehicle. Even in a slow moving crash, a pedestrian can suffer life-altering and debilitating injuries. At the Law offices of James L. O'Rourke, our experienced legal team understands these tragic circumstances, as well as the difficulties that befall victims of a pedestrian accident. Therefore, we are dedicated to serving Connecticut's accident victims so that they understand their legal rights and how best to act on them.

Compensation for the wrongful death of children and the elderly

No matter the age of an individual, it can be very shocking and life-changing when a family member dies. This is especially true if a loved one is suddenly taken away from you because of the negligent acts of another person. Whether it is a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident, medical malpractice, a work accident or any other accident caused by negligence, surviving family members are often able to collect compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This legal action not only helps with to recover compensation, but also helps with the application of liability on a negligent party.

When it comes to collecting compensation in a wrongful death action, the damages collected can be based on the age of the deceased. This could become relevant if the deceased is a child or elderly. While it isn't a pleasant task setting a price on a person's life, this is the only way the courts can ensure that surviving family members are properly compensated in a wrongful death action.

What are the risk factors in a pedestrian accident?

Although motorists are supposed to drive safely and cautiously in areas where pedestrians are frequently found, this does not always occur. Negligent drivers are often the cause of serious and fatal pedestrian accidents.

Based on current statistics, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related incidents in 2015. This means that, on average, a pedestrian is killed every 1.6 hours. It was also found that around 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments in 2015 for non-fatal injuries caused by a traffic incident.

Manchester woman struck by driver while crossing the road

Motorists are held to a high standard when driving in areas where pedestrians frequent. Motorists not only have a duty to drive safely, but also to yield to pedestrians crossing the road. The failure to do so could result in a serious pedestrian accident.

This is what recently occurred in Manchester. Authorities in Connecticut reported that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. The victim is a 38-year-old female, and the vehicle hit her at night at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street. The victim suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was treated immediately by paramedics at the scene of the crash. She was then transported to the hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition.

The rate of drunk driving accidents in the U.S.

Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a common activity, often done several times a day. While many drivers in Connecticut consider the risks and dangers associated with driving, most continue with this routine activity with little to no thoughts about risks because they follow the rules of the road. Although driving safely can help many drivers avoid automobile accidents, this unfortunately does not help them evade negligent drivers. And one of these negligent drivers is a drunk driver, and drunk driving accidents have the tendency to be tragic.

Current data on drunk driving crashes in the United States indicates that the rate of drunk driving fell to an all-time low in 2014. While this is the most recent year data is available for, it is believed that the current rate reflects these numbers because it has not changed meaningfully in the recent years. In fact, it has remained slightly lower that it was in 2008 and 2009.

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