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Volvo to manufacture tech for intervening to stop drunk driving

Every year in Connecticut and across the U.S., an average of 11,000 people die in crashes relating to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By contrast, about 500 people die in crashes relating to phone use behind the wheel. For a century now, drunk and drugged driving has been the number one cause of car accident fatalities in this country. Technology is slowly doing something about this.

Among automakers, Volvo is the first that will be manufacturing a vehicle safety system that specifically monitors drivers for intoxication and intervenes when drivers are clearly found to be drunk. It intends the have the tech ready in five years. There is nothing necessarily new about the system; it simply combines the features of preexisting systems.

Car accidents, personal injury claims, and depositions

In a personal injury lawsuit, knowledge is power. So, before engaging in any type of settlement negotiation or initiating any type of litigation, a car accident victim needs to make sure that he or she knows and understands all of the relevant facts that may come into play. One of the worst things that can happen during the course of pursing a legal claim is to be taken by surprise.

This is why the discovery process is crucial to successful personal injury claims. Discovery is the process through which a party obtains information from other parties, including the opponent. The information gathering process can occur in a number of ways, including requesting the production of documents and answers to written questions. However, one of the most common and beneficial discovery tools is the deposition.

Driving while impaired by marijuana becoming more common

It's no secret that marijuana is becoming more acceptable in society. A number of states have legalized the drug's use for medical purposes, and a few have even taken the step of legalizing its recreational use. While many people believe that marijuana is just as safe, if not safer, than alcohol, the reality is that it can pose certain safety risks that can be quite dangerous.

This is especially true when it comes to driving while under the influence of marijuana or another drug. According to the CDC, nearly 12 million motorists drove while high on marijuana last year alone. While this is still significantly less than the 20 million individuals who drove drunk last year, the statistic is still worrisome given that it is on the rise at a time when drunk driving rates are declining and the effects of the two substances are quite similar.

Car accidents and comparative negligence

Like the name implies, accidents can be simply that. However, some could be caused by recklessness or negligence. If you've been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, then you're likely suffering from some pretty extensive damages. Unexpected medical expenses and lost wages can quickly devour your savings, and your physical and emotional pain and suffering can lead to a stressful and downright overwhelming situation. In addition to wanting compensation for your losses, you probably want some sort of accountability, both of which can be obtained through a personal injury lawsuit, if successful.

However, even though a plaintiff in a personal injury case needs to be on the attack by presenting evidence that shows the defendant's negligence, he or she also has to be a bit on the defensive. This is because Connecticut recognizes comparative negligence. Under this legal theory, fault for a car accident can be appropriated based on the facts at hand. Therefore, a plaintiff may be found to be 25% at fault for causing the accident in question, perhaps by failing to use a blinker, which can have an impact on amount of recoverable compensation.

We fight for families of medical malpractice victims

Going to the doctor shouldn't be a stress-filled experience. After all, medical professionals undergo extensive training and receive copious amounts of education before taking patients' care into their own hands. Yet, the fear of medical mistakes isn't unfounded, as statistics demonstrate that year after year. Far too often, innocent and unsuspecting patients are irreparably harmed or killed by medical errors that are wholly preventable. This medical malpractice can wreak havoc on the lives of victims and their families. For surviving families, the emotional toll of a losing a loved one is only exacerbated by the financial losses that suddenly befall them.

Although it can be difficult to think about after losing a loved one, those who have lost a loved one to medical malpractice may want to consider taking legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. Succeeding in this claim can help achieve a sense of justice by imposing liability on negligent parties, as well as provide financial security by obtaining a judgment for compensation. To succeed in this action, though, surviving family members will have to prove certain legal elements, so the facts of the case at hand are crucial.

Workers' compensation and the medical examination

Suffering an on-the-job injury is no small thing. Depending on its severity, one of these injuries can knock an individual out of work while requiring him or her to seek out extensive medical care. The combination of lost wages and medical expenses can be financially devastating for Connecticut workers, which is why they need to carefully consider whether they can successfully seek out workers' compensation benefits. While recovering these benefits can help ease the financial strain imposed upon injured workers, the workers' compensation process can be quite difficult to navigate.

One area that often trips up claimants is the medical examination. Under Connecticut law, the commissioner of the workers' compensation commission or an employer can request that an injured worker be subjected to medical examination. This examination can occur at any time, either pre- or post-claim adjudication, and it may occur multiple times over the life of a workers' compensation claim.

Poorly secured cargo can lead to serious truck accident

Semi-trucks pose a significant risk to other motorists. While the sheer size of the vehicles can cause devastation when a truck accident occurs, cargo can also pose a hazard on the roadways. This is why federal regulators have implemented a number of rules pertaining to cargo securement, each of which seeks to keep other motorists safe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration monitors compliance with these various regulations. In general, cargo must be secured in a way that prevents it from falling or blowing off of the truck carrying it. Additionally, cargo restraints should prevent spillage and improper shifting that would jeopardize the truck's stability. Also, the cargo should not obstruct a trucker's vision or limit the ability to move freely within the truck's cab.

Misdiagnosed breast cancer may be medical malpractice

Going to the doctor can be an anxiety-riddled experience. Yet, most people take comfort in the fact that their medical professionals are highly trained and educated. In most instances, these doctors and nurses carry out their duties without fault. However, there are situations in which they fail to live up to their duty of care, which can have catastrophic results for patients, including wrongful death.

There are many ways that medical malpractice can result in wrongful death. One common way is through misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Both of these situations can leave a serious medical condition to fester, resulting in a more developed illness that results in a worsened overall condition. In the worst cases, these errors cause death. In order to avoid this preventable outcome, medical professionals need to be prepared to conduct thorough examinations, order appropriate testing based on the information before them and accurately read test results.

Car accidents and the cost of spinal cord injuries

The injuries suffered in a car accident can span the spectrum of severity. Some individuals are fortunate to escape their wrecks with no injuries at all, or perhaps some minor cuts and bruises. Others suffer broken bones and serious gashes that require stitches or staples. Yet others suffer catastrophic injuries. Usually these injuries involve damage to the brain or spinal cord, and they can have significant ramifications on an individual's life. While these victims are often left with extraordinary physical and emotional pain, suffering and limitations, they also incur an overwhelming amount of medical expenses.

Take spinal cord injuries, as an example. An individual who develops incomplete motor functioning of any type can see expenses nearly up to $350,000 for their first year of treatment alone. Each subsequent year of medical care can cost these individuals as much as $42,000. Those with more severe spinal cord injuries, such as high tetraplegia, can incur more than $1 million in initial care during the first year post-injury, with an additional $185,000 for care each subsequent year.

Recovering from a car accident

No two accidents are the same, whether they involve automobiles, pedestrians, motorcyclists or trucks. Every situation that led up to the crash in question, injuries and recovery times vary from person to person and medical expenses differ based on a number of factors, such as severity of injury and age of the accident victim. Understanding that every incident is different from the other, and what goes into making an accident victim's experience unique, is crucial for attempt to recover compensation.

Personal injuries often result in emotional and physical injuries that take time and finances to resolve, but many people have not budgeted for this unexpected cost. As a result, they may find themselves struggling to make ends meet and cover medical expenses. Accident victims may find it harder to complete day-to-day tasks that they were previously able to do. They may find themselves afraid to get into a car or becoming overwhelmed from the medical bills that seem to be piling up.

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