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Elderly pedestrians killed by drunk driver

If it seems as if pedestrian accidents in Connecticut are a frequent topic of discussion, it is because there are so many people injured and killed when they are hit by a car as pedestrians. These accidents can cause serious injuries and death and it often impacts the most vulnerable people. There are common explanations for these accidents such as distracted driving, drowsy driving and recklessness. But one of the most common causes is a driver who was under the influence. Even pedestrians who are following all the rules for safety are in danger of being hit. When there has been a pedestrian accident, the injured person and the family of a person who died need to consider the future and all they have lost. A lawsuit might be necessary to receive full compensation.

An alleged drunk driver crashed into an elderly couple who were walking across the street in the crosswalk after having dinner, killing them. The accident occurred in the evening after 8 p.m. The couple had just completed a meal with two other people. The victims were an 88-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife. The investigation states that the vehicle was going north and hit the couple. The driver, a 73-year-old woman, was arrested for DUI. Other charges are possible as the investigation moves forward. The couple was taken to the hospital where they were declared dead.

Fatal pedestrian accidents, the worst in almost 30 years

In Connecticut, many people decide to avoid driving to locations within walking distance for a variety of reasons. It can save money on gas, walking is good exercise and the environment benefits from people shunning the urge to simply get in the car and go. However, that does not eliminate the risks people have for being in a pedestrian accident. Being hit by a motor vehicle can cause serious injuries and death. The lack of protection for pedestrians places them in great jeopardy.

Now, other concerns are arising with the release of a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicating that the number of fatal pedestrian accidents is the worst in nearly 30 years. There were more than 6,200 fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2018. That is the highest total since 1990 and 4 percent more than there were in 2017. The executive director of GHSA said that progress in lowering the number of fatalities in other areas has been positive, but pedestrian deaths have increased by 35 percent.

Auto accident statistics top 40,000 again in 2018

Throughout Connecticut, serious injury and death in car accidents continues to be a worrisome problem. Just how problematic it is can be discerned by gauging circumstances, assessing statistics and formulating an analysis to create strategies to reduce the number of crashes. One recent study from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates that the number of fatalities in crashes in the U.S. has remained stagnant at more than 40,000. People who have been in accidents and had injuries and those who have lost a loved one should be aware of these numbers to be prepared to file a claim to be compensated.

For the third consecutive year, fatalities in auto accidents surpassed 40,000. In 2018, there was a reduction of approximately 1 percent from 2017. However, the total has risen by 14 percent from 2014. In other studies, fatalities because of distracted driving because of smartphones, driving at excessive speeds and driving under the influence was also decreasing. Other dangers could be causing the numbers to remain static. These include infotainment systems and people using alcohol and marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Still, 8 percent of accidents are due to a distracted driver. 2 percent are due to drowsy drivers.

Woman suffers head trauma in car-pedestrian accident

Pedestrians in Connecticut face danger on every street. With the increasing number of distracted drivers raising the risks to pedestrians, accidents are growing more and more common. This adds to the longstanding dangers pedestrians face including drivers who are under the influence, those who operate their vehicles recklessly and do not adhere to the speed limit. When there is a pedestrian accident, serious injury can occur. Often, these injuries involve head trauma. Given the potential long-term consequences of a pedestrian accident, considering a lawsuit is needed to receive sufficient compensation.

An accident in which a turning car crashed into a female pedestrian led to the woman suffering a head injury and being hospitalized. The accident happened in the evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. The woman was in a parking lot when a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee made a left to enter the lot. The woman, 57, was walking toward the fire department parking lot nearby when she was hit. She was diagnosed as having a head injury and was hospitalized. Her condition was said to be serious. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Workers' compensation cases often need legal help

No Connecticut worker thinks he or she will go to work on a certain day and be injured on the job. These injuries can be minor, major or anywhere in between and they can happen with any kind of employment from the sedentary to physical jobs. Regardless of the kind of work a person does, it is important to remember that a person can become a work accident victim in the blink of an eye. These injuries can result in lost wages and the inability to work for a short or long time-period. Knowing how to apply for workers' compensation benefits or to appeal when a claim is denied is critical to the process.

Whether it is a person who is a first responder willingly walking into harm's way as part of the job; a construction worker who is around heavy equipment, complicated tools, large vehicles and work at significant heights; a person who works in an office or in any other kind of employment, injuries, illnesses and conditions can come about from the work. For many, they are not completely aware of the workers' compensation process and how complex it can be. When there is an injury, having legal assistance is a must.

Man killed in fatal pedestrian accident and driver flees

Connecticut pedestrians can suffer severe injuries and death in a car accident. When there is a car-pedestrian accident, the situation is made worse when the driver does not adhere to the law and flees. A hit-and-run is significantly more problematic as a person injured in a pedestrian accident will assuredly need help. Abandoning that person compounds the accident and is a legal violation that will inevitably result in the driver's arrest. If the pedestrian is injured severely enough, it can lead to a fatal pedestrian accident. For a family who has been affected by a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, having legal assistance is imperative to know what to do in the aftermath.

A pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle in the evening at around 6:40 p.m. He later died at the hospital. According to the investigation, the vehicle is believed to have been going eastbound at the time of the crash. The vehicle was gone by the time emergency personnel arrived. The pedestrian was found in the road. Law enforcement is seeking the driver and is asking for the public's help in locating him or her. The investigation is continuing.

Distracted driver behaviors continue despite laws and warnings

Connecticut residents regularly see people who are behind the wheel of their motor vehicle who are looking down or clearly playing on their cellphone. Researchers are concerned about this because of the propensity for distracted drivers to have auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. One new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) examined these behaviors and revealed that drivers are largely ignoring laws and warnings against the practice.

IIHS states that people who were using their cellphones behind the wheel and manipulating them was a contributory factor for more than 800 fatalities in the U.S. during 2017. That number is believed to be a fraction of the total number. IIHS conducted a roadside survey in Virginia, where it found that drivers had a 57 percent greater likelihood of using their devices behind the wheel than they did in 2014. Over 3 percent were seen doing so in 2018, which is an increase from 2.3 percent four years before.

Construction site accident injures three workers

Construction work in Connecticut and across the nation has inherent dangers that workers and their employers must be aware of and take steps to mitigate. The combination of working with large machinery, complex and heavy tools, being stationed at great heights, climbing ladders and working on scaffolds will inevitably put workers at risk. A key part of making ends meet and getting medical treatment after a construction site accident is to have workers' compensation benefits. In some instances, it is necessary to have legal help to maximize those benefits.

A construction accident injured three workers. The accident happened in the afternoon shortly after 2 p.m. The injuries came about when there was a collapse of building trusses. The truss is a framework that supports other parts of the structure. A crane was lifting the trusses when the collapse occurred. There was a domino-like effect and the men were hurt. One man had an injury to his pelvis. Another had a head injury. The third had an injury to his ankle. They were taken to the hospital and their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Several entities including federal, state and local investigators are examining the construction site accident.

Driver arrested after fleeing fatal pedestrian accident

Connecticut pedestrians are in a constant state of vulnerability to pedestrian accidents. Motor vehicles are frequently operated recklessly, negligently and by drivers who are under the influence or are distracted. Since these issues are prevalent, it is not unusual for there to be a pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle. Since pedestrians do not have protection when they are hit, it can lead be fatal. When this happens, victims or their family should seek compensation.

Construction site accident burns worker in Connecticut

Construction workers will have myriad tasks to complete when they are involved in a project. Many will involve heavy equipment, being at great heights, using dangerous tools and essentially, trusting others with their lives. Accidents can happen at any time. What is often forgotten, however, is that even the mundane tasks can have their risks. Construction is risky and those who are in an accident will have multiple issues to consider. Workers' compensation benefits are key to their treatment and recovery. Getting those benefits is occasionally difficult and a law firm that works with those filing workers' compensation claims can help.

A worker who was working on a construction site suffered burns over a significant portion of his body in an accident. The man was refueling an air compressor while it was running. As he was doing so, there was a break in the nozzle. Gas spilled on him and ignited. Other workers put the fire out using fire extinguishers. He was taken to the hospital with second and third-degree burns on his lower body.

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