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June 2017 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unsafe train car platform leads to conductor’s fall injuries

When news of slip-and-fall injury cases breaks in Hartford, many may be willing to give property owners the benefit of the doubt given that it seems impossible to keep their eyes on every one of their guests. At the same time, however, one might assume that they are constantly mindful of the safety and well-being of any employees or agents that they expect to be working in or around their grounds. While it may be understandable that an accident or mishap during the day can cause an unsafe condition, not ensuring that an employee’s work area is safe and secure prior to the commencement of operations may seem baffling to some.

Understanding trucker hours-of-service limits

If you feel drowsy while behind the wheel, you should stop driving and get some needed rest. Yet what if driving is a primary function of your job? Truckers and commercial vehicle drivers can be subject to the same feelings of fatigue as everyone else, and they may not feel as though they can simply stop driving to rest. The trouble is that, as witnessed in the experience of many of our past Hartford clients here at McCoy and McCoy, drowsy truck drivers can cause untold damage.

Are motorcyclists more likely to pass away in a crash?

Whenever a collision occurs on the road, the outcome can be perilous. Unfortunately, this is particularly true for those who ride a motorcycle. In Hartford, and in all other parts of Connecticut, there are quite a few reasons why motorcyclists face particularly perilous outcomes when they are involved in a traffic accident. Not only do many loses their lives, but scores of motorcyclists are never able to return to their previous quality of life after a collision. If you ride a motorcycle, it is crucial to be aware of the multiple hazards you face every time you take to the road.

Highway accident in Orange kills one, injures another

Automotive safety technology has advanced to the point of people in Hartford realistically expecting that they will likely be able to walk away from any accident that they are involved in. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Those who die in car accidents likely leave behind a tremendous void, particularly in the lives of those that relied upon them for emotional and financial support. While nothing can truly compensate for such a loss, the families of auto accident victims may be left with little choice but to pursue legal action against the drivers that caused the accidents that affected them.