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December 2015 Archives

Driver sought after fatal Connecticut bicycle accident

This past Christmas was a sad one for a Connecticut family as they lost a family member on Christmas Eve. The 55-year-old victim was critically injured in a bicycle accident two days before Christmas. He passed away the next day. While most families spent a joyous Christmas Eve together, this family had to come to terms with the death of a beloved.  

Three tips for safe winter cycling

Cyclists face numerous dangers on the roads under ideal weather conditions. When the weather turns bad, however, cyclists face reduced mobility, limited visibility and slowed reaction times. For a bicyclist, any type of vehicle collision can result in catastrophic injuries or death.

Bicycle accident -- what bicyclists should know about liability

It is a well-known fact that in an accident between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the cyclist usually loses. Nevertheless, Connecticut bicyclists are required to obey road rules and laws, just like drivers of motor vehicles. Both drivers and bicyclists have the duty to exercise reasonable care in order to avoid a bicycle accident.

U.S. truck drivers have two years to switch to electronic logging devices

While still fairly rare, when they do occur, serious traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks often have deadly outcomes. Common causes of accidents involving commercial trucks include poorly maintained vehicles, driver fatigue and drug and alcohol use. In an effort to reduce these types of accidents, federal officials have instituted numerous laws and rules that govern the commercial trucking industry.

As teens' dangerous driving behaviors come to light, most parents are in the dark

There's a saying related to the belief that with age and experience comes wisdom. This notion can definitely be debated, but one area where it does seem to apply is driving. Young drivers are much more likely to cause and be involved in traffic accidents. A recent study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions found that too often, young and inexperienced drivers are engaging in driving behaviors that are dangerous and which put them at greater risk of suffering injury and death.

Snow removal laws and a property owner's responsibilities

Last winter, the entire northeastern U.S. region saw record-setting amounts of snow. In fact, according to the news station WXEDGE, as of April 1 last year inland Connecticut had received nearly 64 inches of snow which was nearly double the state's average snowfall of 38 inches. If this year's snow accumulation totals are anything close to those experienced last winter, state residents would be wise to prepare now.