Victims of drunk driving accidents and their families face numerous challenges in seeking compensation for losses and injuries suffered through the reckless behavior of others. Compounding these issues, moreover, are the difficulties accompanying the physical harm and loss of income that may be experienced in these crashes. Families often suffer the incalculable loss of a loved one.
Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. However, the Governor's Highway Safety Association has recognized that this problem is not limited to Connecticut and has impacted the entire country. The GHSA represents state highway safety bureaus that operate programs to address highway safety issues such as passenger protection, impaired driving and speeding.
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.
There are consistent efforts to battle drunk driving accidents in Connecticut and the country. However, the federal government has increased efforts to combat the equally-fatal impact of drug impaired drivers. Use of any mind-altering drug while driving is, like drunk driving, dangerous and illegal.
Connecticut bars and restaurants face civil liability for selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person who subsequently injures another person or causes property damage. Establishments face damages up to $250,000 for injuries or harm from drunk driving accidents under the state's dram shop liability law.
Drunk driving in Connecticut is fatal. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that the state suffered 85 fatalities due to drunk driving accidents in 2012.
In 2012, Connecticut suffered 85 drunk driving fatalities in which the driver's blood alcohol content was between 0.08 and 0.15, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In the United States, according to the NHTSA, in 2012 a fatality due to a drunk driving accident occurred every 51 minutes. Victims of this reckless, dangerous and illegal act and their families require assistance to obtain compensation that they deserve for losses suffered from a drunk driver.
Impaired driving is a fatal threat to pedestrians. In Connecticut and throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 percent of all pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver or pedestrian in 2011. Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities by all causes in 2012, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also found that drunk driving accidents caused 85 deaths in the state for that year.
A 54-year-old man from Essex was sentenced on June 30 to four years in prison for drunk driving in the Aug. 18, 2010 death of a motorcyclist that he hit in Hartford. The defendant also faces civil lawsuits stemming from the auto accident.
The University of Crash Data Repository, which obtains data from the state Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety, issued state accident figures. Although a small percent of car accidents in the state were fatal, the CTCDR found that drunk driving crashes are the deadliest.