Connecticut Personal Injury Blog
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.
Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure the cars they sell are safe to drive. But with the number of news stories about large recalls involving millions of vehicles, it often seems like consumer safety is being ignored.
Connecticut residents have been shocked by the lurid details of staff misconduct at Whiting Forensic Division Hospital, a mental hospital in Middletown. So far, nine arrests have been made and 31 hospital workers have been suspended. The list of alleged wrongs is nothing short of horrifying, and includes both physical and emotional abuse, along with a documented history of failing to protect the patients from harm.
In early September, a fire swept through an apartment building in New Haven, sending one person to the hospital in critical condition with burns over 70% of his body. The residences were all severely damaged, as was the first-floor pub underneath the apartment units. There are no estimates yet on the total costs for the damages.
Cycling is growing in popularity among riders of all ages, as an environmental alternative to cars and as an excellent form of exercise. But the increase in bike traffic means there are also more accidents, so safety should be a primary concern for you and your family.
When the topic of plane crashes comes up, most of us think about large passenger planes and hundreds of deaths. While such accidents do happen on occasion, most aviation incidents involve much smaller planes and fewer deaths. These might include small commercial planes, sightseeing planes, privately owned aircraft, or flight school planes.
Cycling is growing in popularity, both as a hobby and a means of transportation, every year. Data from the Bike League indicates that the total number of bicycle trips more than doubled between 2001 and 2009, from 1.7 billion to 4 billion. Connecticut has significantly outpaced the national average over the same time period.
With more bikes on the road, it sadly means there are more accidents as well.
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.
For many Connecticut parents, youth sports serve as an important activity for their children, motivating them to exercise while teaching them life lessons about fair play and competitiveness. Unfortunately, our evolving understanding of injury risks and early child development has caused us to ask whether sports programs, especially for younger children, will hinder their long-term development and endanger their future.
Skateboarding is an activity that is growing in popularity in Connecticut and other parts of the United States. More and more communities are building skate parks and designating public spaces where skateboarding is permissible. But outside of these areas, on public streets and sidewalks for instance, many people are unaware of what laws and regulations apply to skateboarders.
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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.