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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.

How dangerous is drowsy driving?

Many drivers get behind the wheel when they are exhausted, causing risks and dangers associated with fatigued driving. How dangerous is drowsy driving? It is recommended that we get an average of seven hours of sleep of night. When we lose one or two hours of sleep, this can double a motorist's risk of causing a car accident. Based on current findings, the odds of a car crash multiply by 4.3 times when a driver is running on four to five hours of sleep. When a driver is operating with less than four hours of sleep, this risk rises 11.5 times.

This data provides a sobering reality check, as it is comparable to drunk driving. In fact, research indicates that a driver with less than five hours of sleep has the same crash risks are someone who is engaged in drunk driving. This shows that a person cannot miss sleep and still have the expectation that they can safely function behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Protecting your rights following an automobile collision

When individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere are harmed in a car accident, this can be a very shocking and overwhelming situation. A car accident can not only alter the life of a victim, but also the lives of the victim's loved ones.

At our law firm, we understand the complexities and dynamics of an automobile collision. It is our goal to help guide our clients through the challenges of their situation, attempting to help them reach a favorable resolution.

Understanding exemptions for workers compensation programs

When workers are injured, no matter the industry, it can be a shocking experience. Even when there are high risks and dangers associated with a job, many employees in Connecticut and elsewhere are not prepared to deal with the aftermath of a workplace accident. This is especially true if an employee of a small company or contractor is injured, but the employer has not paid into a workers' compensation program.

In order to receive workers' compensation benefits due to a work injury or illness, employers must pay for state workers compensation coverage. This allows employees to be covered under an employer's insurance policy. However, there are exemptions for certain workers.

What are the employer responsibilities in a workers' comp claim?

When employees in Connecticut and elsewhere suffer a work injury, this can be a serious situation. In some cases, a work accident could leave an employee temporarily or permanently disabled. This can make it nearly impossible for the employee to work or return to work anytime soon. Such a matter could result in financial distress. However, workers' compensation benefits could be claimed. These benefits not only help offset the burdens and hardships an injured worker might experience, it also places some responsibilities and requirements on an employer.

What responsibilities does an employer have in a workers' comp claim? In most states in the U.S. employers are required to purchase workers' compensation insurance, so this is typically the first responsibility. Thus, when a worker is injured, the claim is filed with the company's workers' comp insurance company.

Pedestrian fatality in hit-an-run accident in Greenwich

Traveling by foot is not uncommon for Connecticut residents. In fact, many prefer walking or running in order to spend time outside and add more exercise to their life. No matter the reason a person is walking on a sidewalk or on the side of the road, the reality is that most pedestrians walk near motor vehicle traffic. This can pose some serious risks, especially if a driver is not attentive or isn't following the rules of the road.

According to recent reports, a fatal pedestrian crash occurred in Greenwich. Based on preliminary reports, the accident happened on I-95 going southbound near exit six. After reports of a car and pedestrian accident were called just before 10:00 a.m., police responded to the scene and began diverting traffic.

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.

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