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May 2016 Archives

What are the risks of stoned driving?

Motorists and passengers in Connecticut face the danger of drunk driving accidents. However, the legalization of the recreational use of in six states and its medicinal use in 20 states has raised questions about the dangers of driving after a motorist uses marijuana.

Courts may soon hold both parties to texting liable for crashes

Texting while driving is against the law, this is not a newsflash. What is a newsflash is the fact the courts are looking into holding both parties to the conversation accountable if the texting results in a crash. That means Joe Schmoe, sitting on his couch texting sweet messages to his girlfriend while she drives home from work could be just as guilty as his girlfriend if she gets into a crash.

New device may fight distracted driving

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued preliminary estimates that traffic deaths increased by approximately eight percent in 2015, even though fatalities were decreasing in earlier years. The NHTSA attributes this to more people driving and the continuing growth of distracted driving.

Workers' compensation extended to firefighters' cancer

Connecticut workers' compensation may not always extend to an occupational disease or workplace accident. Connecticut legislators addressed one gap in coverage when they recently approved legislation extending workers' compensation benefits to firefighters who were diagnosed with certain forms of cancer.

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