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Proving fault and cause in a pedestrian accident

Connecticut residents will often travel by foot to get to their destinations. This might be on a city sidewalk, in residential area, a park or even a parking lot. However, no matter where pedestrians are traveling, they are usually walking near automobile traffic. Even though there are mechanisms to reduce pedestrian accidents from occurring, these unfortunate collisions can occur, usually due to negligence.

Based on data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, roughly 5,000 pedestrians die each year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Additionally, around 76,000 pedestrians are injured each year after being struck by a car or a truck.

What damages can be collected in a wrongful death claim?

Suffering the loss of a loved one is a difficult time for anyone. However, losing a loved one because of the negligence of another party can make the coping process even more challenging. Surviving family members are not only suffering emotionally, but are also suffering financially due to losses and damages incurred by the fatal accident.

What damages can be collected in a wrongful death claim? Before loved ones can collect compensation for a wrongful death, they must prove the elements of the action. First, there must be a death of a human being. Next, it must be proven that death was caused by the negligence of another party. Surviving family members must also prove that they have suffered monetary injury as a result of the death of a loved one.

Helping Connecticut residents recover workers' comp benefits

Employees in Connecticut can be faced with workplace health and safety issues at times. These conditions could lead to a serious workplace accident. While no one expects to be injured on the job, workers are often faced with many issues following such a serious and traumatic experience.

At our law firm, we understand the challenges a workplace injury can place on a worker. We are aware of the rights and options afforded to injured workers, and we are dedicated to helping workers and their loved ones in the Fairfield area.

The most common causes and types of workplace injuries

No one enters the work environment expecting to be injured. In fact, most employees are under the impression that their employer has taken proper steps to ensure their health and safety within the workplace. Nonetheless, serious workplace accidents can occur, causing workers in Connecticut and elsewhere to endure pain and suffering and miss work while they recover from the workplace injury.

Based on recent statistics by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, around 3 million workers in the U.S. private sector are injured each year. The rate for workplace injuries and illnesses remains the highest for small and mid-sized companies.

How is fault and liability determined in a car accident?

Every time motorists in Connecticut get behind the wheel of a vehicle they take the risk of being involved in a car accident. While no one expects it, another driver or multiple vehicles could collide with you, causing a serious car crash with severe effects. Whether it is a simple "fender bender" or a complex multi-vehicle collision, it is important to understand who was at fault in the crash.

How is fault and liability determined in a car accident? At an accident scene, some factors are more obvious than others. Therefore, it often takes time to fully investigate the scene, assess witness accounts and even consult with experts before it is fully understood what happened, who caused the crash and what driver or drivers are liable.

One killed and eight injured in Connecticut 3-car collision

For many motorists in Connecticut, it is fairly common to come across an accident site while traveling on major roadways. While these are typically fender benders and minor collisions, some accidents can unfortunately involve multiple vehicles and have tragic aftermaths. A severe car accident does not only generate a massive accident site but also causes those involved to suffer fatal or serious injuries.

Motorists in New Haven were recently shocked by the unfolding events of a serious car crash occurring in the late night hours. According to recent reports, this accident involved three vehicles and occurred on Interstate 91 going northbound shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Understanding the seriousness of pedestrian accidents

While winter is still making an appearance across the nation, residents in Connecticut and elsewhere have experienced sure signs that spring is coming. As a result, more and more people tend to spend time outside whenever they can. But whether it is a cold winter day or a humid summer afternoon, many people rely on their own two feet as a form of transportation. Because of that, pedestrians are seen year round on city sidewalks, shopping centers, parking lots and residential areas.

While walking is a healthy and effective way to get around, it is also a form of transportation that carries with it many risks. Many pedestrians are walking on or next to roads where vehicles frequent. Even more so, pedestrians are likely to cross the road at a crosswalk at some point in their commute. A safe route does not only rely on a pedestrian being cautious of vehicles but also relies on motorists following the rules of the road, being attentive and taking precaution in areas where pedestrians frequent.

Protecting your rights in a pedestrian accident

There are many reasons and situations for Connecticut residents to travel by foot. Whether they are walking on a city sidewalk, taking a stroll in a park or residential area, walking in a parking lot or traveling in a crosswalk, it is fairly common to be a pedestrian in the state no matter what time of year it is. Although many pedestrians walk in areas where motor vehicle frequent, pedestrians are afforded rights. While driving laws work to protect pedestrians and increase their safety, some drivers unfortunately do not follow these rules. Such a situation results in serious and even fatal pedestrian accidents.

No one expects to be a victim of a pedestrian crash; however, when one occurs, a victim's life is turned around by the pain and suffering experienced in the crash. At the Law Office of James L. Orourke, our experienced legal team knows the devastation that follows a pedestrian accident; thus, we are dedicated to helping victims in the Bridgeport area understand their rights.

Drunk driver arrested for fatal motorcycle accident

Connecticut residents who are hurt in car accidents can face serious financial hardship. After all, a car wreck can leave a victim with unexpected medical expenses, lost wages due to an inability to work and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and disfigurement. These individuals are oftentimes able to recover compensation for their damages, but doing so requires filing a successful personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. This can be difficult for a number of reasons.

Persistence often pays off, though, as can be seen from one recent arrest made in Connecticut. Readers of the blog may remember an incident last October where a drunk driver struck a group of motorcyclists, injuring five and killing one. Now, a 57-year-old woman from Litchfield is under arrest for the wreck. She has been charged with DUI, failing to maintain her lane, manslaughter and assault with a motor vehicle, amongst other charges.

Pedestrian accidents continue to increase in Connecticut

Crossing the street should be completely safe. Yet, distracted, drunk, and otherwise negligent drivers can make this simple task deadly. In fact, statistics show that Connecticut saw more than 50 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the most the state has seen since 1995. Even these numbers may be lower than they should be, though, as police departments may not be made aware that pedestrians later succumb to their injuries at the hospital. This discrepancy is enough to give rise to further concerns, as it appears that the state doesn't even know how big of a problem pedestrian accidents are for Connecticut residents.

Unfortunately, the trend seems to be towards more pedestrian fatalities nationwide. The figures for 2016 are still being calculated, but 2015 saw the highest accident-caused pedestrian death rate since 1996, at more than 5,300 pedestrian deaths.

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