Teenagers are notorious for their driving records. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a teen driver is twice as likely to be in a fatal crash as an adult driver. In fact, accidents are the leading cause of death among 12- to 19-year-olds in the United States, with motor vehicle collisions as one-third of the total number of accidents.
The recent news of a fatal crash in Waterbury, which left the two drivers dead and three passengers injured, brings attention to the dangerous state of Connecticut roadways. The hard truth is that while we call them accidents, most motor vehicle collisions could be prevented if more caution had been exercised.
Traffic accidents have always been a problem, since the initial car was rolled off the assembly line more than a hundred years ago. The first recorded fatality from a motor vehicle collision in the United States took place in 1899 when Henry Bliss was struck by a taxicab while disembarking from a New York City streetcar.
There are a host of dangers associated with driving on Connecticut roadways, including intoxication, bad road conditions, excessive speed, and driver fatigue. But a growing concern among safety experts is the phenomenon of driver distraction, especially as it pertains to cell phones.
Summer is here, and with it comes extra vacation time for many people. Families, couples, and friends will be hitting the roads, sometimes driving long distances to reach the perfect spot. Of course, increased traffic also means more traffic accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.
At Naizby Law, we represent victims of traffic accidents all the time, and the sad reality is that the vast majority of them are preventable. Although Connecticut has laws that protect victims of negligence, we believe it is infinitely preferable to avoid accidents altogether.
Before you get in the car for your summer road trip, think about what you can do to prevent any unwanted mishaps. A little bit of time and money can go a long way to ensuring your holiday is a safe one.
A great deal of attention is currently being paid to the dangers of mobile phone use while driving. It is already illegal to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Connecticut while using a cell phone. And new laws are being added all the time across the country, forbidding this dangerous and reckless behavior. One popular solution has been new technologies and platforms that allow drivers to operate their mobile devices hands-free, including voice recognition technology.
Living in Connecticut has its perks: good food, good views, and tons of places to visit. This East Coast-living brings people from all over to live or just to visit. With so many people coming around, the roads are packed full. It’s important to be mindful while driving, not only for your safety, but also for the safety of others.
In this spirit, Allstate offers an annual driving safety report (based on customer information from their programs) to promote safety education. The report ranks drivers’ safety in 200 of the largest cities in America. Recently, Allstate released the 2016 results of their America’s Best Drivers Report.
Do you want the good news first? Well, Connecticut wasn’t the worst place to be. In fact, one part of the state increased in safety by two places! But now it’s time for a little bit of bad news. Another part of Connecticut suffered a small decrease in driver safety from last year’s report. Unfortunately, both areas sat towards the end of list.
Should I Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident If I Don’t Feel Injured?
One of the biggest mistakes people make after they’ve been involved in a car accident is not getting checked out by a doctor. When severe injuries occur, there’s generally no question that receiving medical treatment is a must. However, if there aren’t immediate signs of an injury, people tend to believe that nothing is wrong. It’s this misconception that puts many people’s lives at risk and ends up negatively affecting their personal injury claims.
If you or a loved one has been in a traffic collision, it’s always in your best interest to seek medical attention as soon as possible whether or not you look or feel injured. This will provide you with both the health care you need, and the medical records to prove your personal injury case down the line.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not corporations).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.