Traffic fatalities were going down. The push to reduce traffic fatalities began decades ago. This push was primarily associated with reducing the number of accidents connected to drunk driving. A combination of education efforts, laws put in place making it illegal to drink and drive, steep penalties for violating these laws and increased enforcement measures was used, and it worked.
Accidents have the potential to be awful and ugly events. When accidents are rooted in negligence and irresponsibility they are just repulsive. You should know your rights if you or someone you care about has to face the loss of life, limb, vocation and countless other traumas as a result of the action of another. In states like Connecticut there are means to enforce the laws that govern being a responsible and decent citizen.
With another Connecticut winter quickly approaching - and with it, the inevitable accumulation of snow and ice - it is a good time to review who may be responsible if you suffer an injury after slipping on an icy or improperly cleared public sidewalk.
Stepping onto a crosswalk, walking through a parking lot and even using a jogging path may pose serious and often fatal risks to Connecticut pedestrians from cars, trucks and bicycles. Defective traffic devices and improperly designed facilities such as sidewalks and roads may also cause injury or death.
According to a witness, a car that came out of nowhere struck and killed a 49-year-old Wallingford man who was crossing a road in New Haven on June 24. The motorist fled from the scene of the accident.
Reckless drivers can imperil Connecticut pedestrians of any age. For example, New Haven police are searching for the driver of a white van that struck a 9-year-old girl as she ran from a school bus at the intersection of Ferry and Pine Streets during the morning of Mar. 18.
New Milford was the scene of a serious pedestrian accident earlier this week when a pedestrian was struck by a car traveling along Route 7. The early evening accident happened just after 5 p.m., but it is unknown just how dark it was. Witnesses have reported that drivers often speed on Route 7, which may have been the cause of this accident. Although it is unclear if the pedestrian was seriously injured, these kinds of accidents could mean serious disabilities, long-term injuries or death.