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.
A fatigued driver takes a risk when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. This recklessness may be a mortal danger to other motorists and passengers and the driver. Connecticut holds this driver liable for car accidents through statutory negligence.
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.
Late last month, a motorcyclist was seriously hurt when he was hit near the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Whittier Street in Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood. The injured motorcyclist was rushed to St. Vincent's Medical Center in very serious condition. Initially, his injuries were thought to be life threatening, and it is unknown if doctors expect him to survive. Police were initially waiting to release information about the crash until after the biker's family had been contacted.