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Study shows increased risk of accidents with a distracted driver

Drivers in Connecticut and across the nation hear and see the stories about distracted driving and the dangers that accompany it. That, however, does not stop a vast number of drivers from taking part in the practice. When there is a car accident, one of the first things that the victims and their families will want to consider that it was because of a distracted driver. Given the problems after a crash, including serious injury and death, it is essential to have a full investigation into the case to determine its cause.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a report saying that drivers who used their smartphones behind the wheel are between two and eight times more likely to be involved in a crash than those who do not use their devices behind the wheel. People who are simply talking on the phone are raising their risk by as much as four times. In the new study, AAA updated research it had done in the past going back to the days before widespread use of smartphones.

Does being released for light duty affect workers' compensation?

When a Connecticut worker is injured on the job and is temporarily unable to work, the time might eventually come when he or she can work again. In some instances, the only kind of work the person can do is "light duty" or "restricted" duty. When this happens, there are certain suggestions that the Workers' Compensation Commission will make to the worker to ensure that the available workers' compensation benefits can still be received.

The employee should ask the employer to provide the level of work that can be done, based on the injury and what the treating physician says the worker can do. If the employer does not offer this type of work, the worker should register with the Connecticut Job Service to take part in a search for any kind of work in the area. The insurance carrier should be told of the change in status, so a list of employment contacts can be sent to the adjuster every week.

Fatal workplace accident statistics released showing increases

There are certain jobs that place people in danger of being involved in a fatal accident, but these incidents are not limited to so-called "risky" jobs. When there is an accident that results in wrongful death, those who were affected by it should be aware of their right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

The Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists 5,190 fatal workplace accidents in the United States in 2016. This was a 7 percent increase from 2015. Breaking it down into blocks of 100,000 full-time workers or its equivalent, that came to a rise from 3.4 in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. This is the third straight year in which there was a rise in fatal accidents. It is the first time in almost 10 years that there were more than 5,000 fatal workplace accidents. This information comes from the National Safety Council.

Law enforcement officers being injured on the job in car accident

When the topic of workers' compensation and a person who was injured on the job in Connecticut is discussed, there is a perception that it happens in physical labor, construction, with people around heavy machinery and in these types of circumstances. The reality is that a work accident can happen in any kind of job and people who are injured have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits regardless of the type of work they do. That includes first responders.

A multi-vehicle crash led to numerous injuries including to two state troopers. The accident involved six vehicles and happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. According to the investigation, a Toyota Camry stopped on the road in the left lane of a parkway. Two state police vehicles stopped to investigate it with their lights flashing. Three vehicles in the same lane could not stop in time to avoid a crash. A Ford Ranger was rear-ended by a Subaru.

Elderly woman killed in fatal pedestrian accident

Connecticut pedestrians must be cognizant of traffic. However, some drivers are reckless, distracted, negligent or disregarding laws. This can lead to pedestrian accidents. When there is a pedestrian accident, it is compounded when the driver chooses to flee the scene, making it a hit-and-run. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident should be aware of their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

A woman was hit by a car as she left her assisted living facility for a walk. She was hit by a car as she crossed the street.

Can workers' compensation restart if a relapse or injuries recur?

For Connecticut workers who suffer a workplace accident injury or have an occupational disease, workers' compensation benefits are in place to provide for them while they cannot work. Some cannot get back on the job, but some can. Many are eventually able and willing to try to get back to work. However, recurrence or relapse is a potential problem and a lingering concern. Fortunately, the law accounts for this possibility.

If a person who has gotten workers' compensation went back to work and then suffered from partial or total incapacity due to a relapse or recurrence from the issue that led to the workers' compensation benefits being provided in the first place, the worker will again receive benefits. The amount will be 75 percent of the average weekly amount earned on the date of the initial injury or illness, or the amount earned at the time of the relapse or recurrence, whichever is higher.

Motorcyclist hurt in hit and run; driver caught and arrested

Drivers and motorcyclists must safely share Connecticut roads. While most drivers and motorcyclists are cautious, accidents still happen. When they do, it is imperative that those involved stop and make certain the others involved in the crash are uninjured. And, if they are, they should call for assistance. However, just as it is unfortunate that some car crashes are unavoidable, people might also make the situation worse by committing a hit and run. Those who were injured in motorcycle-car accidents must remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Recently, a crash between a car and a motorcycle at around 3 p.m. left the motorcyclist hospitalized. The driver of the car fled the scene, making the crash a hit and run. When law enforcement arrived, they investigated and found a witness who had followed the fleeing car. They found the vehicle and the driver, a 20-year-old man, at a residence. They placed him under arrest for several charges, including evading responsibility and not granting right of way.

How does workers' compensation cover medical expenses?

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job or who suffered an illness or condition because of their work, can seek workers' compensation benefits. A common concern that these workers have surrounds their medical expenses and how they are paid. As such, understanding how workers' compensation benefits are paid with these issues is key.

A work accident victim or worker who became ill from the job should have all medical bills paid by the insurance carrier or the employer. If a worker has expenses for prescriptions, this should also be paid by the same entities. From Jan. 1, 2002, onward, the prescription costs should be paid by the insurer or employer directly. Claimants are not expected to pay out-of-pocket nor need to seek reimbursement. The medical bills should never be sent to the claimant.

Alleged drunk driver has 2 crashes, hospitalizing married couple

There are numerous dangers on the road in Connecticut. People who are operating their vehicles recklessly, negligently or are under the influence are a constant threat to have an accident. When there is a crash, it is imperative that the drivers stay at the scene to ensure that everyone involved in safe and to call for medical attention if it is needed. When there is a combination of drunk driving accidents and the driver flees the scene, the aftermath can be terrible for the victims. They must be sure that they protect themselves by considering a legal filing to be compensated.

The driver of a food truck was arrested after he had two separate accidents and fled both scenes. In one, the people in the other vehicle -- a husband and wife -- were sent to the hospital. The accidents occurred not long after 7 p.m. In the first, a white GMC Sierra crashed into a vehicle in the parking lot of a liquor store. The person whose car was hit took photos of the truck's license plate as it fled. There was a second crash in which the injured couple was rear-ended as they sat at a stop sign. They saw the name of the company on the side of the pickup as it drove on the sidewalk to get away from the scene. In the process, the female passenger of the car was almost hit again.

Distracted driver incidents can stem from work calls and messages

Connecticut drivers who are injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident will want to know its cause. It is an unfortunate reality that many crashes are due to a driver not paying attention.

Distracted driving is a problem, and with the new ways people can be distracted with smartphones and other devices, it is not going away. According to a recent survey, many of these distractions are because of work demands.

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