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February 2016 Archives

Dram shop law holds liquor permit holders responsible

Connecticut holds social hosts, such as restaurants and bars, responsible for accidents caused by intoxicated patrons who cause drunk driving accidents. Hosts may be liable under the state's Dram shop law or legal theories of negligence that hold parties liable if they violated their duty of care to the injury victim.

Is Connecticut one of the worst states for pedestrians?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that Connecticut saw 47 pedestrian deaths in pedestrian accidents in 2014. However, the Auto Insurance Center also reviewed NHTSA data and issued a report identifying the states that were the most dangerous for pedestrians in 2014. America as a whole saw 5,000 pedestrian deaths that year. Intoxication was blamed as being involved in a disproportionate number of deaths in these crashes.

Separate claim not required for comp survival benefits

Connecticut's workers' compensation system provides financial and medical assistance to workers who suffer a work-related injury or illness. Families of a worker who died from a work injury or illness are also entitled to survivor benefits. However, these rights are not automatic because time restrictions govern these laws and recipients have to act promptly.

MADD drunk driving report: Connecticut can do better

Last month, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released a report ranking the efforts of all 50 states to stop the deadly epidemic of drunk driving. This annual Report to the Nation is the most recent release from MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

Arrest made in December pedestrian hit-and-run case

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported 47 deaths in pedestrian accidents in Connecticut in 2014. However, negligence is not the only cause of these accidents, which may also be blamed on reckless and even criminal behavior.

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