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March 2016 Archives

Fighting the "mosquito" defense in a car accident case

Filing a lawsuit in a car accident case can bring many surprises and a vigorous defense from the party charged with negligence. For example, a state court recently rejected a defense argument that the driver of a truck owned by the State of Connecticut was not liable for a car accident because mosquitos swarmed into the cab of the vehicle and made him lose control. Two plaintiffs were awarded approximately $75,000 for the crash.

Car makers adopt automatic braking

Existing crash avoidance technologies, such as automatic braking, can help avoid fatal car accidents caused by driver inattention or a distracted driver. The National Highway Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently announced that 20 car manufacturers, representing over 90 percent of the nation's market, will install automatic braking as a standard feature on almost all new cars by September of 2022.

Texting while driving is dangerous. So why do people still do it?

While in-vehicle distractions have always existed for drivers, the instances of distracted driving and accidents resulting from distracted driving have increased with the proliferation of cellphones and other technological devices. There have been numerous studies done and thousands of examples of injuries and deaths that have been directly caused by a texting driver. This makes you wonder - why do people still text and drive?

Estimates show pedestrian deaths rose in 2015

The Governor's Highway Safety Association issued a report earlier this month estimating that the number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the United States grew by 10 percent from the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. This is the largest one-year increase in fatal pedestrian accidents since the Fatality Analysis Reporting System was established in 1975. Reports for earlier years varied from a 10.5 percent annual drop to an 8.1 percent increase for the country.

Mental trauma considered for workers' compensation

Traumatic workplace injuries can lead to mental problems. This may be especially true for first responders in Connecticut, who can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after their involvement in gruesome events, such as a mass shooting or a fatal accident.

Bridgeport combatting rise in pedestrian deaths

During the last month alone, the Bridgeport Police Department investigated three deadly pedestrian accidents. To fight this problem, Bridgeport officials announced a traffic safety blitz which will incorporate speed traps to catch reckless and distracted drivers, as well as a crackdown on jaywalking.

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