Even those who are attentive 99.9 percent of the time they are behind the wheel can make a serious mistake, sometimes due to a physical limitation, that results in a tragic car accident. In this respect, there are some individuals, on the other hand, that suffer from major medical conditions but are able to effectively treat it and maintain safety while driving. For yet others who suffer from an illness, they fail to address their condition and thereby increase their chances of causing an injury or even a fatal accident.
Although travel has become easier over the last several decades, including expanding public transportation, easier access to ridesharing options, and more affordable vehicles, many Connecticut residents find themselves using their feet to get from place to place. For some, this means walking to and from work or school, while others may find themselves walking from one shop to the next. Regardless of how much one walks, though, their close proximity to the roads may put them at risk of being struck by a car or truck.
A sudden and unexpected car accident can leave you seriously injured. While the pain from the initial collision may fade over a matter of minutes, hours, or days, the financial impact caused by such a wreck can have even longer lasting effects. Medical expenses and lost wages can leave you struggling financially, causing you to face uncertainty with regard to housing, transportation, food and other expenses.
Motor vehicles have become such a ubiquitous part of life that we often fail to identify their dangers until it is too late. This holds true for car drivers, truckers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. When one's safety is endangered by a negligent driver and a car crash results, the outcome can be tragic. Victims can be left dead or with serious injuries, and the damages can be long-lasting and severe. In these instances, it might behoove a victim to seek legal counsel.
Being in a car accident in Connecticut can be stressful. Not only does one have to worry about dealing with insurance claims and getting his or her car repaired, but he or she may also have to cope with serious physical injuries and financial losses. Medical expenses and lost wages can be overwhelming and threaten to throw a car accident victim into financial turmoil. Fortunately, these individuals may be able to pursue compensation for their damages. However, they need to make sure that they take the appropriate steps throughout the process, including immediately after an accident.
Drivers on the road now face the same risks associated with personal electronic devices and home computers, which may also increase the odds for car accidents. The FBI and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration were compelled to issue a warning on hacking of car electronics earlier this year.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued preliminary estimates that traffic deaths increased by approximately eight percent in 2015, even though fatalities were decreasing in earlier years. The NHTSA attributes this to more people driving and the continuing growth of distracted driving.
Filing a lawsuit in a car accident case can bring many surprises and a vigorous defense from the party charged with negligence. For example, a state court recently rejected a defense argument that the driver of a truck owned by the State of Connecticut was not liable for a car accident because mosquitos swarmed into the cab of the vehicle and made him lose control. Two plaintiffs were awarded approximately $75,000 for the crash.
Existing crash avoidance technologies, such as automatic braking, can help avoid fatal car accidents caused by driver inattention or a distracted driver. The National Highway Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently announced that 20 car manufacturers, representing over 90 percent of the nation's market, will install automatic braking as a standard feature on almost all new cars by September of 2022.
Last month, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released a report ranking the efforts of all 50 states to stop the deadly epidemic of drunk driving. This annual Report to the Nation is the most recent release from MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.