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April 2016 Archives

NHTSA gets tough on distracted driving in April

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking April's Distracted Driving Month seriously. The agency is moving forward with a number of efforts to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. These efforts include:

Bill would help protect pedestrians and cyclists

For several years, pedestrian and bike advocacy group in Connecticut have sought new laws to increase financial penalties for reckless drivers who cause pedestrian accidents and collide with cyclists. Earlier this month, this measure advanced through the General Assembly when the Transportation Committee approved a bill raising penalties who do not exercise due care in avoiding a crash with a pedestrian or cyclist.

Workplace stress grounds for workers' compensation

Connecticut's workers' compensation laws grant medical expenses and lost wages where the workplace is a proven and substantial factor cause of an injury even if a worker had a pre-existing condition before an accident. Benefits are not based solely on physical injuries.

What are the costs of fatal car crashes in Connecticut?

A fatal car crash has incalculable emotional losses for a victim's family members and friends. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in December that also places a financial price to this type of tragedy. In 2013, fatal auto accidents killed 30,000 people and cost $44 billion in medical and work losses in the United States. Car accidents are among the top 10 causes of death for people under 55-years-old, according to the CDC.

Silica dust rules tightened, may impact workers in Connecticut

Exposure to many workplace atmospheric hazards can lead to a serious occupational disease requiring workers' compensation in Connecticut. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued final rulemaking to improve protections against one of these hazards, respirable silica dust.

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