Technology does not always escape the errors that humans make. Google, Inc. released figures on the amount of accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years. These vehicles were in 11 minor crashes over the last six years, including three since September.
In Connecticut, surviving family members of a decedent killed by another person's negligent or reckless conduct can seek just damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation is awarded to the decedent's estate for distribution to family members. These damages include reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses, compensation for ending the decedent's capacity to enjoy life, payment for conscious pain and suffering, compensation for the death itself and payment of the value of the decedent's lost earning capacity minus deductions for living expenses and consideration that a present cash payment will be made.
Connecticut holds negligent or reckless drivers financially responsible for injuries caused to victims of car accidents. However, a party who was not in the driver's seat or even the car during the crash may also be held liable for these accidents.
According to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report, the number of traffic fatalities in Connecticut rose in 2013, which did not reflect the national trend. The national figures, while dropping, are still alarming.
Fatal car accidents are always a tragedy. Yet hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating as it can be difficult to identify the driver at fault and hold them responsible. However, police in Bridgeport recently identified a woman suspected of being behind the wheel in a deadly hit-and-run accident.
Connecticut traffic fatalities in may also involve other causes besides driver negligence or recklessness. Manufacturers may also be liable for wrongful death in car accidents. The federal government holds an important role in helping to determine whether a vehicle has flaws that played a role in these accidents
Using electronic devices and driving is risky and illegal, in many cases, in Connecticut. The state prohibits handheld devices for all drivers, hands-free and handheld cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers and texting for all drivers. However, the legal use of hand-free devices, except for bus drivers and new drivers, is still dangerous and distracting.
The loss of a loved one carries severe emotional and financial challenges. A wrongful death action in Connecticut imposes economic and noneconomic compensation against a negligent party for the death of a family member to address these challenges.
Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of fatalities and injuries in Connecticut and throughout the United States. Nationally, 138 people die each day from injuries involving TBI. It also contributed to the deaths of over 50,000 people and was a factor, alone or with other injuries, in 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths in this country in 2010.
The workplace can be dangerous. To reduce the dangers, OSHA has issued some key employer responsibilities to help prevent these deaths. Connecticut employers should implement these requirements to prevent a fatal workplace accident.