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How can employers prevent work vehicle accidents?

From ladder falls to accidents which involve machinery, people are hurt at work in many different ways. In New London, and in other parts of Connecticut, some employees are injured in a job-related accident that occurs while they are driving. Unfortunately, these accidents often lead to serious injuries and, in some cases, the loss of life. Because of the serious consequences associated with a crash, prevention is essential.

On-the-job traffic accidents have a plethora of causes. Sometimes, work-related crashes occur due to another person’s negligent behavior. However, there are steps that can be taken by employers, as well as workers, to avoid these crashes. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, driver safety programs are an effective way for employers to reduce the likelihood of an on-the-job crash for workers whose job responsibilities involve driving.

How many fatal car crashes are the result of speeding?

All sorts of dangerous behaviors can cause a fatal crash, such as the consumption of alcohol or getting behind the wheel while overly fatigued. However, speeding is especially problematic and continues to pose a threat to the lives of vehicle occupants in New London, and in all other cities around the state of Connecticut. Not only should you realize how many fatal wrecks happen because of speeding drivers, but you should not have any hesitation when it comes to holding negligent drivers accountable if your loved one was lost in a collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 27 percent of the people who lost their lives in an auto accident during 2015 were part of an accident that involved a driver who was speeding. Additionally, 18 percent of drivers involved in deadly collisions during the same year were driving above the speed limit when the accident happened. Over the course of 2015, more than 35,000 people passed away in traffic accidents.

Moving forward after a TBI due to medical malpractice

Suffering a brain injury can be incredibly difficult for an array of reasons. Not only do TBI victims sometimes encounter stress, painful headaches, and upsetting changes to their mood or personality, but they may be even more bothered to know that the injury never should have happened. At Beebe & O'Neil, , we know that some patients suffer brain injuries in Connecticut due to medical malpractice and we believe that they deserve a voice.

A traumatic brain injury may occur because of a surgical error or as a result of problems related to general anesthesia. However, there are far more ways that medical malpractice can lead to a brain injury, such as problems during child birth, medication errors, and a medical professional’s failure to monitor a patient properly.

Are fatal crashes more common at night?

With regard to motor vehicle accidents, various issues have been analyzed on this blog. From the consumption of alcohol to reckless speeding and simply failing to pay attention, many dangerous behaviors can cause car accidents. When thinking about fatal auto accidents, it is important to realize other potential risks and factors that may be overlooked by some people, such as the time of day.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly one-quarter of passenger vehicle travel occurs at night. However, 49 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who pass away lose their lives at night. As a result, the rate of passenger vehicle occupant deaths is approximately three times greater during the night in comparison to daylight hours.

Recovering from a scooter or moped crash

From those who are struck by drunk drivers to victims of head-on truck accidents, there are victims of many different types of motor vehicle accidents. If you ride a scooter or moped in New London, or on roads anywhere else in Connecticut, you should be aware of the dangers that you may face on a daily basis. At the law firm of Beebe & O’Neil, we know how upsetting these crashes can be for victims, as well as their loved ones.

If you ride a scooter or moped, you may be seriously hurt if you are hit by a car or truck. In fact, you may be especially vulnerable due to the vehicle you are riding and could even lose your life. While it is important to take all possible precautionary measures, and do what you can to avoid a crash, some of these accidents occur because of the negligence of a driver and could not have been prevented by the victim.

Does age play a role in large truck accidents?

From fatigue to the consumption of alcohol prior to driving, truck accidents occur for countless reasons. These crashes, which are much too prevalent in Connecticut and all across the U.S., often destroy the lives of victims, leaving them with physical, financial and even emotional scars that will never heal. As a result, it is important for truck companies and truckers to realize the different reasons why these crashes happen and focus on prevention.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 657 people passed away while riding in a large truck during 2014, 90 percent of whom were drivers. However, 3,697 large truck drivers were part of a deadly accident during the same year. Among drivers involved in fatal wrecks, six percent (216) were 66 years old or older, while five percent (202) were no older than 25. Clearly, the statistics show that large truck accidents involve drivers of various ages, some of whom are younger or older. While a driver’s age may not necessarily result in an accident, other factors could play a role in a crash. For example, a driver who does not have very much experience may be more likely to cause an accident.

How many young workers die in traffic crashes?

For young adults and teenage workers, going to work can be dangerous in many ways. However, traffic accidents are a particularly serious concern for younger workers whose job responsibilities include operating a vehicle. In New London, and in other Connecticut cities, it is vital for employers and young workers to realize how problematic this issue is and try to find ways to reduce the likelihood of such an accident occurring.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that traffic accidents claim the lives of more young workers than any other work-related cause. More than 840 young workers between 16 and 24 years old lost their lives in traffic accidents that occurred while they were working, between 2003 and 2010. In fact, younger adults and teen drivers have a higher fatal accident rate in comparison to people from all other age groups.

How many are injured and killed in drowsy driving crashes?

Motor vehicle accidents have a plethora of causes, such as a reckless driver making the poor decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence or failing to follow other traffic laws. In New London, Connecticut, drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians may also be hurt or killed because of a drowsy driver. Sadly, drowsy driving is a major reason why traffic accidents happen and some people do not even realize that they are dangerously tired while behind the wheel.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates suggest that 800 people lost their lives and 44,000 were hurt due to drowsy driving over the course of 2013. However, it must be pointed out that the scope of the problem is believed to be greater than these estimates indicate. An estimated 72,000 drowsy driving crashes occurred during 2013, but the number of fatal drowsy driving accidents could be as high as 6,000 per year.

How many truck crashes are caused by drugs and alcohol?

On this blog, many of the factors that lead to large truck accidents have been discussed, from fatigue and speeding to poor road conditions and blind spots, among other causes. However, intoxication due to alcohol or drug use is especially concerning and may lead to a fatal accident in New London that never should have happened. For trucking companies, truck drivers and all others on Connecticut roads, it is helpful to know how common these types of accidents are.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published information on large truck crash causation that draws attention to the dangers associated with drinking, illegal drug use and even legal drug use. In fact, a study which assessed 141,000 large truck accidents found that drunk truck drivers were responsible for an estimated 1,000 accidents, while drivers’ use of unlawful drugs caused an estimated 3,000 wrecks. However, the use of drugs that are sold over-the-counter by truck drivers played an even large role in these collisions. It is estimated that among these accidents reviewed in the study, 17 percent (25,000) happened because of truck drivers taking over-the-counter drugs.

Statistics on cell phones and traffic accidents

On a daily basis, traffic accidents that involve drivers who were distracted result in over 1,160 injuries and eight fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across the country, distracted driving takes many forms, whether a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to change the radio station or converse with others in the vehicle. However, cell phones are particularly problematic in New London, and on roads across the state of Connecticut.

After conducting a study, the CDC found that 69 percent of American drivers who were between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted to talking on their cell phones when they were operating a vehicle in the past 30 days. Moreover, 31 percent of drivers in this group also admitted receiving or sending an email or text while they were behind the wheel in the previous 30 days. Sadly, this behavior will continue to claim lives that never should have been lost in the first place.

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