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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The physical, financial and emotional costs of brain injuries suffered in car accidents are unquestionably high, but just how high are they? The total annual cost of brain injuries in the United States is estimated at $48.3 billion. The total cost of hospitalizations related to brain injuries is estimated at $31.7 billion in the U.S. annually.
The American Sleep Foundation reports that approximately 50% of motorists stated they consistently drove their vehicles even if they were fatigued. In fact, 20% of these motorists said they fell asleep while driving at least once over the past year.
Getting their driver's license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Connecticut. After all, a driver's license gives them freedom to go to school, work or out with friends without having to rely on a ride from mom or dad. However, teens do not have the driving experience and maturity that older motorists do, and, thus, may be more prone to causing car accidents.