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Two confirmed dead by police in a Friday 1-91 crash

A collision takes two lives on Friday night at Rocky Hill.

Rocky Hill, Connecticut (May 27, 2017) It was a sad Friday night when two Middleton residents were confirmed dead after a crash. According to the officials, the accident was a result of a collision. The car that the deceased were riding in collided with a trailer that was headed south towards I-91 in Rocky Hill. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m.

Bloomfield Teen Injured After Tractor Collision

A Bloomfield teen was injured on Friday after a head-on collision with a tractor, police say.

(Bloomfield, NJ, June 16, 2017 )A teen was injured in Bloomfield on Friday after the car he was driving collided head- on with a tractor. The teen, driving a Toyota Avalon, was traveling in the northbound lane of Tunxis Avenue when he collided with the tractor near the Cobey Road intersection. The accident occurred around 11:10 a.m., according to police records.

Inclement weather and traffic accidents

For the driver or occupant of a vehicle, many hazards exist on the roadways. For example, a life may be cut short because of a drunk driver or a result of someone’s failure to abide by the law. However, there are other dangers that can result in a motor vehicle accident in Hartford, such as inclement weather. Regardless of the part of the country someone lives in, weather can increase the chances of an accident and it is essential for drivers to realize the risks.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are many weather-related events that can lead to a traffic accident. For example, fog, significant rainfall, strong winds, snow and ice can all cause a crash. There are various ways that these weather events can factor into an accident, some of which people may not realize. For example, excessive winds could cause drivers to crash as a result of tree limbs or other debris that has blown or fallen onto the road. Moreover, wind may cause dust or snow to blow in front of a driver’s windshield, blocking their view of the road.

Taking a look at deadly drunk driving crashes

Each year, a devastating number of peoples’ lives are cut short in motor vehicle collisions. In New Mexico, and across the country, some of these accidents are caused by factors that are not a driver’s fault. Unfortunately, many of the deadly traffic collisions that occur were preventable and happened because of reckless behavior, such as driving while impaired due to alcohol use or drugs. Sadly, these drunk driving crashes happen far too often.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 28 Americans pass away each day in a motor vehicle crash which involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. During 2014, marijuana use was also seen to increase the likelihood of an accident by 25 percent. Moreover, over 9,900 people lost their lives in traffic collisions that were caused by a drunk driver throughout 2014.

Taking a look at bike accident statistics

While everyone faces hazards on roads, they can be particularly hazardous for those who ride bicycles. Sadly, when someone who is riding a bike is struck by a vehicle, they are often particularly vulnerable. In Hartford, and in cities throughout Connecticut, bicyclists may be thrown from their bikes, slam into the windshields of vehicles, or strike their head on the ground. Often, these wrecks lead to devastating injuries which cause physical pain, stop them from working, and generate costly medical bills. Worse, some lose their lives, and family members never recover from the emotional trauma.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a 64 percent increase in the number of workers who ride bikes to their job instead of driving cars when comparing data from 2012 to 2000. For many of these bicyclists, this decision helps them save money while they exercise. Regrettably, this also increases the likelihood of bicycle accidents. During 2014, bicyclist fatalities represented two percent of all traffic accident injuries and two percent of all traffic accident fatalities.

Connecticut drivers rated second worst

Speeding and distracted driving helped to get Connecticut drivers ranked 49th out of drivers in all 50 states. This rating came from EverQuote, Inc., who used a safe-driving app that measured speeding, hard turns, braking and phone use while driving. According to the report, speeding is the most common dangerous offense across the country, and in Connecticut, 53 percent of trips include speeds above the legal limit. The national speeding average is 46 percent of trips. Only Rhode Island drivers received a worst overall score.

Phone use while driving is the second most common unsafe behavior nationwide, although Connecticut ranked fifth in the country in this category. The country's average was 38 percent of trips involve at least one distracted driving incidence, while Connecticut drivers averaged 31 percent. The Harford Courant reports that distracted driving is still considered a large issue in the state, as lawmakers were debating raising the price of fines. As the fines currently stand, a driver's first ticket for distracted driving is $150, second offense is $300 and third is $500. All of these amounts are doubled in work zones. 

Teen drivers at risk in summer

With school letting out, many Connecticut teens are looking forward to spending the summer months with friends, but what starts as fun could turn to fatal. As CNN reports, the 100 days following Memorial Day are the riskiest for teen drivers. These 100 days, between 2010 and 2014, have seen more than 5,000 people die in car crashes where a teen driver was present. The summer days are 16 percent more dangerous for drivers between 16 and 19 than the rest of the year.

Part of this is opportunity: less time in school allows for more time behind the wheel. But many experts agree that the real risk factor is passengers riding around and distracting the driver from paying attention to the road. In fact, teens who have a passenger in the car while they drive face 44 percent more danger of being in a deadly car crash than a teen driver without a passenger. With a friend in the car, a teen driver can be distracted for the duration of a trip, rather than just a few seconds a text message can pose.