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Drunk Driving Accidents Archives

Connecticut third toughest for drunk driving laws

WalletHub recently concluded a study to determine which state has the strictest drunk driving laws. Connecticut finished third behind Arizona and Alaska in the overall rankings. Connecticut ranked fifth in criminal penalties and eighth in drunk driving prevention.

Connecticut's breathalyzer law takes effect

Until July 1, Connecticut law afforded a loophole to some drunk driving offenders that allowed them to avoid an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. An IID requires a driver to blow a breath sample into a tube before their car could start. Previously, a IID was required only after a second DUI conviction or when a drunk driver entered a diversion program.

Drunk driving victims face difficult issues

Victims of drunk driving accidents and their families face numerous challenges in seeking compensation for losses and injuries suffered through the reckless behavior of others. Compounding these issues, moreover, are the difficulties accompanying the physical harm and loss of income that may be experienced in these crashes. Families often suffer the incalculable loss of a loved one.

Drugged driving -- overlooked but dangerous

There are consistent efforts to battle drunk driving accidents in Connecticut and the country. However, the federal government has increased efforts to combat the equally-fatal impact of drug impaired drivers. Use of any mind-altering drug while driving is, like drunk driving, dangerous and illegal.

Is a bar liable for a drunk driver?

Connecticut bars and restaurants face civil liability for selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person who subsequently injures another person or causes property damage. Establishments face damages up to $250,000 for injuries or harm from drunk driving accidents under the state's dram shop liability law.

Drunk driving victims deserve justice

In 2012, Connecticut suffered 85 drunk driving fatalities in which the driver's blood alcohol content was between 0.08 and 0.15, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In the United States, according to the NHTSA, in 2012 a fatality due to a drunk driving accident occurred every 51 minutes. Victims of this reckless, dangerous and illegal act and their families require assistance to obtain compensation that they deserve for losses suffered from a drunk driver.

What Connecticut drivers should know about DUI

Drunk driving is a crime and a lethal danger to other motorists in Connecticut. The state suffered 85 fatalities from drunk driving accidents in 2012, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Because of the criminal and civil consequences associated with this reckless behavior, Connecticut drivers should know a little more about this crime.

Drunk driver suspected in jogger fatality

Impaired driving is a fatal threat to pedestrians. In Connecticut and throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 percent of all pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver or pedestrian in 2011. Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities by all causes in 2012, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also found that drunk driving accidents caused 85 deaths in the state for that year.

Drunk driver sentenced for 2010 motorcyclist death

A 54-year-old man from Essex was sentenced on June 30 to four years in prison for drunk driving in the Aug. 18, 2010 death of a motorcyclist that he hit in Hartford. The defendant also faces civil lawsuits stemming from the auto accident.

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