Driving a motorcycle is dangerous even at the best of times, which is why it's so important for motorcyclists to pay attention to what's happening around them. When a motorcyclist is hit, there's a much higher chance that they'll be hurt or killed compared to other passenger-vehicle drivers. This is especially true when more than one vehicle is involved.
Research compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration in 2009 showed that driving errors accounted for 90% of all crashes. It's unlikely that such a statistic has changed much in the past 10 years. We still have a problem with motorists driving while intoxicated, drowsy or distracted here in Connecticut. All of this can impair a motorist's ability to adequately react to other vehicles when merging and passing them. This can result in crashes.
Police in Seymour responded to two accidents on the same road, close to the same time, according to a report released on April 5. It's wise to be conscious of multiple incidents like these because they may be a sign of unusually hazardous conditions for area drivers.
Connecticut drivers who frequently use Apple's CarPlay may be interested in a new study that looked into the safety of the infotainment platform. The study found that using CarPlay reduces driver's reaction times more than texting, using marijuana or being at the DUI limit for alcohol.
Many people in Connecticut have shown interest in the potential of self-driving cars and autonomous technologies to reduce the number of car accidents. After all, human error and negligent drivers are the cause of most crashes, which continue to take thousands of lives and injure many more each year on American roads. Still, according to one syrvey by the AAA, only 12% of Americans would feel safe riding in a self-driving car. Around 28% of people said that they are unsure what to think about the technology. They don't feel that they have the information and statistics they would need to opt for autonomous technologies.
Springing forward one hour for daylight saving time can leave many Connecticut residents feeling groggy in the morning. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have found what kind of impact this can have on car crash rates. Specifically, the first week after DST sees a 6% rise in fatal crashes nationwide, coming out to some 28 additional deaths every year. The risk for a deadly crash increases the farther west one lives in a time zone.
Teens are as liable as anyone else to become distracted behind the wheel, and lack of sleep is one factor that can raise the risk for this. Lack of sleep, in turn, can be aggravated by an early start to school each day. Connecticut residents should know about a study that suggests that pushing back school start times can reduce the rate of car crashes involving teens.
Connecticut residents should be aware that red light-running crashes are leading to more and fatalities. There was a 17% increase in such fatalities between 2012 and 2018, and incidentally, that same period saw a decline in the number of communities with red light camera systems from 533 to 421. The benefits of red light cameras are well-known, so it is clear that their decline is at least one factor in the increase.
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.
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.