Multiple lane freeways and highways can be very dangerous due to the speeds of travel and the amount of vehicles in numerous lanes. Drivers should take extra caution at intersections where vehicles are exiting and entering the freeway. Sadly, fatalities occurred on a Connecticut interstate earlier this week after a multi-vehicle accident near an entrance ramp on I-95. Police are still trying to determine exactly what caused the terrible car collision.
Negligent or reckless drivers can pose a risk to Connecticut motorists and pedestrians. However, defective vehicles can cause fatal car accidents when parts cause fires or if there is a loss of control.
A collision is not the only threat to vehicle passenger safety. In Connecticut and elsewhere, passengers and pedestrians can be harmed through reckless or negligent behavior that does not involve a crash.
The U.S. Justice Department has found criminal wrongdoing in General Motors' failure to disclose a vehicle defect related to more than 100 fatalities. GM is negotiating a financial penalty with USDOJ which may set exceed the $1.2 billion paid by Toyota in 2014 for concealing unintended acceleration problems in its cars. Former GM employees are also under investigation and could face criminal charges.