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.
Learning to drive is important to teens in Connecticut and across the nation. For their parents and others on the road, safety is of grave concern as these young drivers often lack the experience older drivers have. Studies examine these issues and provide information as to the riskiest behaviors of teens. New research hammers home the danger of being a distracted driver, but not in the way many may believe it occurs.
Encountering a distracted driver can lead to an auto accident with injuries and death. This is true throughout Connecticut and across the nation. The dangers of texting and driving and other distracting behaviors behind the wheel are obvious. Simply looking away from the road for an instant can cause a crash. With the amount of concentration required to send and read text messages, read emails, surf the Internet and multitask, it is easy to hit another vehicle or a pedestrian, go into the opposite lane of traffic, run off the road and more. Research is useful to understand the statistics for these accidents, and a new study says that certain parts of Connecticut have higher risk for distracted driving crashes in the state.
Connecticut drivers, law enforcement and legislators are keenly aware of the dangers of encountering a distracted driver. When there is a car accident, it is nearly automatic that the first thought will be that it was due to a distracted driver. Research is examining the issue to delve deeper into it to understand who does it most often. One study examined age-related demographics and came to some interesting conclusions as to who is distracted behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is a problem in Connecticut and across the entire nation. Studies are an important factor in determining why drivers insist on doing it and under what circumstances it happens. This information can be useful when trying to put a stop to it. One study says that an unexpected group that engages in distracted driving is parents and caregivers with young children in the vehicle with them.
In the world today, it goes without saying that Connecticut drivers should be completely alert and aware of the potential dangers of crossing paths with a distracted driver. In the past, that might have been limited to cellphone use with the driver making calls or texting and driving. Then, as technology advanced, drivers were increasingly using smartphones for other purposes including navigation apps, surfing the web and social media. All are dangerous. Now, there is a growing number of people who are using infotainment systems that is placed in their vehicle. Understanding how this can affect driving safely is imperative when on the road.
There are many different vehicles that will be on the road throughout Connecticut and their operators must be vigilant and watch out for one another. Especially vulnerable are those on motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. Even when the rider is taking all the necessary precautions and wearing protective gear, there can still be serious injury and death when there is a crash with a car. People who have been hurt when riding a scooter, and those who have lost a loved one in a crash involving one, should know they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.