When we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we can control where we go, what route we take, how fast we drive and what stops to make. On the other hand, as a driver we have no control over traffic, when the light will turn green and if the motorists we encounter will follow the rules of the road. Car accidents are unexpected and unpredictable. They have the tendency of causing destruction and pain. Thus, it is important for accident victims to understand what they could seek regarding damages in in a civil action.
Nowadays, it is fairly common to encounter an accident scene while traveling on both minor and major roadways. Whether it is a fender-bender in rush hour traffic, a T-bone crash at an intersection, a head-on collision caused by a wrong way driver, or a multi-vehicle collision caused by a distracted driver, all car accidents likely have something in common: they were caused by a negligent driver who failed to uphold their duty to drive safely.
Roadways in Connecticut and elsewhere are traveled by a wide variety of motor vehicles. Whether a motorist is traveling to work, for work, to school, to a store or any other destination, every driver is required to follow the rules of the road. Failure to do so is not only deemed negligent but could also be the cause and reason for a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving is just one of the many reasons for motor vehicle crashes; however, it continues to be a growing concern over other causes.
As a previous post on our blog discussed, bicyclists on and near the roadways face a wide variety of dangers. While riding a bike is a fun hobby, a great source of exercise, and an excellent way to get around efficiently, biking can also be hazardous when other motorists act negligently. An automobile-bicycle accident can be a tragic event, seriously injuring or killing a bicyclist. In fact, these types of collisions can leave victims with extensive damages that can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature.
Many drivers get behind the wheel when they are exhausted, causing risks and dangers associated with fatigued driving. How dangerous is drowsy driving? It is recommended that we get an average of seven hours of sleep of night. When we lose one or two hours of sleep, this can double a motorist's risk of causing a car accident. Based on current findings, the odds of a car crash multiply by 4.3 times when a driver is running on four to five hours of sleep. When a driver is operating with less than four hours of sleep, this risk rises 11.5 times.
When individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere are harmed in a car accident, this can be a very shocking and overwhelming situation. A car accident can not only alter the life of a victim, but also the lives of the victim's loved ones.
Every time motorists in Connecticut get behind the wheel of a vehicle they take the risk of being involved in a car accident. While no one expects it, another driver or multiple vehicles could collide with you, causing a serious car crash with severe effects. Whether it is a simple "fender bender" or a complex multi-vehicle collision, it is important to understand who was at fault in the crash.
For many motorists in Connecticut, it is fairly common to come across an accident site while traveling on major roadways. While these are typically fender benders and minor collisions, some accidents can unfortunately involve multiple vehicles and have tragic aftermaths. A severe car accident does not only generate a massive accident site but also causes those involved to suffer fatal or serious injuries.
A couple of weeks ago on the blog we discussed a case where a car accident victim was able to recover compensation for injuries suffered by successfully participating in mediation. Mediation is one viable option for car accident victims to seek relief for their damages. Many find the process beneficial, as each side can openly discuss the case without any direct effect on the outcome of potential litigation.
A car accident can leave you with serious injuries that can take a significant amount of pain, time and money in order to successfully recover. Some car accident victims never recover from their injuries. When a wreck is caused by another negligent driver, then compensation may be recoverable for these damages. However, getting compensation often requires expert legal skills. While many may think that means taking a case to trial, and it certainly could, there are other methods of obtaining the compensation to which a victim may be entitled.