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.
In Connecticut and across the nation, people have become accustomed to having a ride at the click of a button with ride-sharing services. These services are convenient, diminish the need to rely on public transportation and friends, and allow a person to multitask without the fear of being a danger to others when behind the wheel. What people might not realize, however, is that many of the vehicles driven for ride-sharing companies have outstanding recalls that the driver might not have addressed.
Buses are a common sight on Connecticut roadways. While most are operated safely, they are still large vehicles that can be difficult to control. Any minor issue or mishap can cause a crash. When two large vehicles - often traveling at significant speeds - collide, there can be serious injuries and death. As the case moves forward and people are treated, it is essential for the victims and their families to think about the future by calling a law firm.
There is an understandable fear of encountering teen drivers on the road in Connecticut. New drivers will not have the necessary experience to be prepared for every eventuality on the road, regardless of how conscientious they are and how well they were taught. When that is combined with other risks like distracted driving, it is a recipe for accidents. Since April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" across the nation, it is important to think about the problem of distracted driving by teens. When there is an accident, the possibility that a teen was distracted can be a key factor in a successful case.
In Connecticut and across the nation, legislators and law enforcement are debating how to handle the increasing number of drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. This involves texting and driving and other behaviors using a smartphone. Because the practice is so dangerous, researchers are assessing data to determine how to tackle the problem. There had been a limited amount of information as to how effective legislation and crackdowns are. Information is not just important for safety, but is critical for those who have been hurt in an auto accident and are considering a legal filing to be compensated.
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.
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.
Bicyclists in Connecticut might take all the necessary precautions to remain safe. That includes adhering to the rules of the road, wearing safety equipment and making sure they are fully visible with reflective clothing. However, some drivers will not pay attention to bicyclists around them and will strike a bicyclist. The crash itself is bad enough, but when the driver does not remain at the scene to make sure the rider is safe or to call for help if he or she is not, the situation becomes even more serious.
Connecticut drivers and anyone else who is out on the road as a pedestrian or cyclist know that there are dangers everywhere. With the number of drivers who are operating their vehicle while distracted, are drowsy, drive under the influence, and operate their vehicles recklessly or negligently, an auto accident can happen in a split-second and cause terrible injuries and fatalities. Other factors can come into play when there is an auto accident, some being due to outside influences over which people have little control. One that is relevant this time of the year is daylight saving time.