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Car Crash Claims Lives in Waterbury

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on September 5, 2017

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.

With as much road traffic as we have in Connecticut, it can sometimes seem like fatal accidents are just a part of life. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 people are killed in motor vehicle collisions each year in the United States alone, with 2.35 million people injured or disabled. Of those killed, 1,600 are children under the age of 15. The cost of all these “accidents” amounts to $230.6 billion per year.

What’s Causing These Accidents?

The reasons for these accidents can vary a great deal. But even when the cause might seem unavoidable—for example, extreme rain, snow, or fog, all of which are common in Connecticut—drivers should still take extra precautions as necessary.

The fact is, the leading cause of car collisions is driver negligence.

The list of behaviors that are likely to cause crashes include driver distraction, speeding or reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, running red lights or stop signs, unsafe lane changes, and improper turns. Of these, driver distraction is particularly concerning.

Distracted Driving on the Rise

With the increase in mobile technology, more people are using their devices while driving, whether talking on the phone, sending a text, reading an email, or mapping a destination. Distraction can be deadly, as it only takes a fraction of a second to end up in a collision because you weren’t paying attention to the road. It’s becoming easier to prove this kind of negligence as well, as phone records often indicate that a driver was using a device at the exact moment of the crash.

Defective Parts

Defective parts or faulty repairs are another danger. Blown tires, defective brakes, and bad designs (such as cars that roll over too easily) can all contribute to or be the sole cause of a crash. In such a scenario, victims will need to go after the company responsible for the faulty part, repair, or design in order to receive compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, then you understand how devastating they can be. Victims face steep medical bills, lost time from work, lengthy rehabilitations, and a lifetime of recovery. At Naizby Law, we believe that you should be fully protected from someone else’s negligence and we work with our clients to make sure they receive full and fair compensation. Contact one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.

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