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Can prescription drugs make it unsafe to drive?

When you started having trouble sleeping, you went to see your doctor. They decided that you'd benefit from a short course of sleeping pills, just so that you could get back into the habit of sleeping through the night. They hoped that your insomnia would cure itself after a short time.

You were happy with this and decided to take the pill that evening. You slept well through the night, but you had to get up early. Just seven hours later, you were up and getting ready for work, but you felt pretty drowsy.

Drunk driving is the number 1 cause of death on the road

Losing a loved one in a collision is difficult for anyone, but it's particularly devastating when that crash was the result of a drunk driver. Drunk driving is the top cause of collision on the roads today, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Driving while intoxicated doesn't just affect the victim and the driver involved in the collision. Passengers, friends, family, colleagues and others also feel the impact of these crashes. Entire communities can feel the loss from a fatal crash.

Hit-and-run crash in Meriden kills 1

When someone is walking near the road, on a sidewalk or wherever they have the right of way, the hope is that drivers will pay attention and yield. Unfortunately, some drivers don't yield to pedestrians who have the right of way, leading to serious crashes that result in severe injuries and death.

Take for example a case in Meriden in which a pedestrian who died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. The man, who was initially severely injured, ended up passing away at the MidState Medical Center sometime later.

After a loved one dies, a wrongful death lawsuit could help

When you lose a loved one unexpectedly, it can put you in a difficult position. You may not be sure what you need to do next. That's why it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about your options.

Your loved one's death may have put you in a difficult financial position. You may now have to take care of your children on your own or sustain a household without a second income.

DUI crash leads to Fairfield teen's death

It's devastating to think that someone would drive drunk without thinking about the consequences to others. Someone who decides to drive home from work or school while impaired isn't just putting themselves at risk. They're also threatening the lives of those around them.

This story is a sad example of how a single mistake can lead to a serious outcome. In New Shoreham, a teen was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver. The news report states that the 16-year-old teen was a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Another teen, also male, was severely injured in the collision as well.

4-car crash leaves 4 hospitalized and power out in Norwalk

A single mistake by any driver could result in a crash that involves many people. Whether a driver speeds into an intersection or accidentally leaves their lane, it's possible to involve many vehicles in the crash that follows.

While you can try to take evasive maneuvers if you see another driver make a mistake, you won't always be able to avoid the impact. In that case, you could end up with significant injuries and damages to deal with.

Pedestrian accidents have increased, but these 3 tips can help

In early 2020, it was shown that there has been a rise in pedestrian fatalities in Connecticut. As a result, the state legislators began advocating for a new bill, House Bill 5324, which is meant to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents by increasing fines against drivers using mobile phones or devices while driving. The legislation is also supposed to help with improving crosswalk safety, which is essential to preventing accidents.

Speaking of crosswalks, did you know that you can take steps to be safer in them when you're walking? You can't guarantee that drivers will always stop for you when you enter a crosswalk, so follow these tips to help yourself stay safe.

Fatal crash on Interstate 95 leaves 1 dead

It's tragic when a person loses their life in a traffic collision. In many cases, highway collisions happen when tractor-trailers can't stop or when drivers don't realize that another vehicle is present. Those crashes often lead to serious injuries and deaths due to the weight discrepancies between the two vehicles.

A 26-year-old woman from Shelton was killed when her vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 in Fairfield. The news report indicates that the woman was heading south when the other vehicle collided with her. Her vehicle was pinned under the front end of the truck's trailer.

1 killed in pedestrian crash in Connecticut

When pedestrians are on or near the roads, the truth is that they could be at risk of being hit by a car. Drivers aren't always being cautious enough, and they could make mistakes that lead to collisions.

That's possibly what happened in this case when a 28-year-old woman was heading east on Elm Street. She collided with a 53-year-old man who was walking north at the intersection of Temple and Elm Street.

Connecticut State Police release July 4 DUI statistics

Even though the police ask that people don't drink and drive over the busy holiday weekends, the truth is that many people still do. Driving while intoxicated can lead to crashes, injuries and deaths, which is why the authorities work hard to stop drunk drivers before they hurt anyone.

It is easy to see why there is such an uptick in drunk driving over the July 4 weekend. People are spending time outside, drinking and having parties. They may not plan to stay the night where they are or drive somewhere special to watch fireworks. Unfortunately, if drinking is involved in an event, those who are there could end up driving home drunk.

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