Winter weather conditions and the holiday season can always be a dangerous combination on Connecticut roadways. People are frequently rushing back and forth in general. When the weather is poor and roads are icy and wet, it adds a layer of risk. Then the number of holiday parties people attend with family, friends and at work can lead to many drivers making the unwise decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. When there is an auto accident and it is due to a drunk driver, it is imperative for those who were impacted to determine whether they have the right to seek compensation through a legal filing.
Encountering a drunk driver is something that happens all too frequently to motorists and pedestrians in Connecticut. Being hit by a drunk driver was once believed to have been almost exclusively due to the use of alcohol on that driver's part. However, in recent years drugged driving is adding a new layer of risk of being in a crash. Regardless of how the person became impaired, it is universal that they should not get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers do operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and this causes many accidents with injuries and fatalities.
Connecticut roads have become increasingly dangerous for drivers and especially for pedestrians. With the number of drivers who are distracted, reckless and engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, there are many accidents that would otherwise not happen if the driver was taking caution. An issue that remains problematic in this generation but has largely been pushed to the side with the other, above-mentioned dangers on the road is an accident caused by a drunk driver. Drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a major threat. This is worse when they hit a pedestrian and a child.
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.
It is not uncommon for those 21-years-old and older to partake in consuming alcohol beverages. Although it is not illegal for these individuals to have a few intoxicating beverages, it is illegal for these individuals to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Even if a driver presumes that it is fine for them to operate a car, this does not mean that he or she is under the legal limit. Additionally, this could cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle or do another negligent act, resulting in a serious or even fatal accident.
Encountering a drunk driver is not something Connecticut drivers think about every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, though, some motorists believe that they are fine to operate a vehicle after they have consumed alcoholic beverages. Whether a person is over the limit or not, this alcohol use could greatly impair his or her ability to safely operate an automobile. Thus, even if it is not clear if alcohol is a factor, victims of a car crash should consider this a possible cause and a reason to try to hold a negligent driver liable.
Unexpected life events can happen at any time. While some of these events are positive and exciting, others are tragic and devastating. While motorists in Connecticut seek to protect themselves from harm by following the rules of the road, this defensive driving does not always protect them from the negligence of another. No one expects to encounter a drunk driver, and they certainly do not expect to suddenly be involved in a drunk driving crash.
Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a common activity, often done several times a day. While many drivers in Connecticut consider the risks and dangers associated with driving, most continue with this routine activity with little to no thoughts about risks because they follow the rules of the road. Although driving safely can help many drivers avoid automobile accidents, this unfortunately does not help them evade negligent drivers. And one of these negligent drivers is a drunk driver, and drunk driving accidents have the tendency to be tragic.
Connecticut residents who are hurt in car accidents can face serious financial hardship. After all, a car wreck can leave a victim with unexpected medical expenses, lost wages due to an inability to work and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and disfigurement. These individuals are oftentimes able to recover compensation for their damages, but doing so requires filing a successful personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. This can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Drunk driving has long been a problem both in Connecticut and in the United States as a whole. Extensive efforts have been made to curtail this dangerous activity, from increased public safety and awareness campaigns to stricter penalties for those who drive while intoxicated. Yet, for many years, there hasn't seemed to be much change with regard to drunk driving, but a recently released study does show some promising figures.