Self-driving cars may someday operate on Connecticut roads. New data reveals that Google's 53 self-driving cars are making progress in California and Texas. However, human passengers in the vehicles have sometimes had to intervene in their operation to prevent car accidents.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, one-third of highway fatalities in this country involved a drunk driver. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that Connecticut suffered 97 deaths in drunk driving accidents in 2014.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced its Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for the United States in 2016, culled from its accident investigations, which reflect the dangers faced by Connecticut motorists. These include reducing fatigue-related accidents, promoting the availability of collision avoidance technologies in highway vehicles, combating distractions such as texting and driving and combating alcohol and drug-impaired driving.
Construction workers in Connecticut face more dangers on the job site than workers in most other industries. Consistently, year-in-and-year-out, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more construction injuries and deaths are the result of falling from heights than any other type of on-site construction accident. In a typical year, as high as 40% of all fatal construction accidents result from falling from an elevated workspace, including scaffolding.
A wrongful death action in Connecticut sometimes involves complex legal, scientific and constitutional issues beyond the events surrounding a fatal workplace accident or car accident. A recent medical malpractice lawsuit posed significant and novel questions, normally related to debates on abortion, on whether a fetus may be considered a person for legal purposes. Settlement of this case, however, may leave many controversial questions unresolved.