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The link between car crashes and the flu

Each year, flu season arrives and people worry about the chances of falling ill. While many people are aware of how the flu can make life hard, some do not realize the other ways that being sick could affect their lives. For example, those who are sick with the flu may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle crash. Unfortunately, there are too many drivers who should not be behind the wheel but make the decision to drive anyway, putting their life at risk and the lives of others also.

The flu can cause a person to suffer from various symptoms that could affect their driving ability. For starters, someone who is suffering from serious challenges due to their illness such as a high fever, headache, dizziness, or another symptom may not be able to concentrate or react appropriately while driving. However, there are more ways in which the flu could cause a traffic accident. When someone is not feeling good, they may have a hard time falling asleep. Unfortunately, this can lead to driver fatigue. Additionally, some people consume medications when they are sick, some of which can lead to drowsy driving.

What are some weather hazards to watch out for in the fall?

On the road, all sorts of risks may lead to a motor vehicle collision. From driving under the influence to distractions such as cell phones, this blog has covered many of the different threats that can claim lives and result in debilitating injuries. During the winter, many people realize the serious dangers associated with snow and ice on roads across Connecticut. However, there are a number of weather-related hazards that you should be mindful of even before snow starts to fall, such as wind, fog, and rain.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that rainfall is especially dangerous. In fact, most of the weather-related traffic crashes that took place during a ten-year period which was studied occurred during rainy weather and on wet roads. Aside from losing traction, some drivers may have difficulty seeing the road due to heavy rainfall. On top of rain, there are other weather risks that can be particularly problematic during the fall, such as wind. Not only do strong winds sometimes blow debris onto roadways across the state, such as fallen tree limbs and downed power lines, but wind can also interfere with a driver's ability to see through their windshield clearly. Moreover, fog can also affect visibility.

How many drowsy driving accidents happen?

On this blog, we have discussed some of the causes of drowsy driving, an extremely dangerous behavior that claims lives and injuries too many people each year. However, some people may not be aware of just how common these crashes are in Connecticut and across the whole country. Drawing attention to how widespread drowsy driving crashes are is important and drivers need to recognize the potentially devastating consequences they could face if they operate their vehicle while tired.

Information presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how widespread drowsy driving accidents actually are. From 2005 until 2009, it is believed that 83,000 drowsy driving accidents took place, according to estimates. In 2014, this behavior resulted in the loss of 846 lives. Moreover, research has shown that 48 percent of drowsy drivers fall asleep at the wheel during a time frame which ranges from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sadly, people will keep driving while tired for many reasons, whether they are trying to get home after a long shift at work or they struggle with sleep loss.

Labor Day and DUI wrecks

There are many different reasons why drunk driving crashes happen, some of which have been addressed on this blog. For example, a teenager may drive drunk because they are unaware of zero tolerance laws or are pressured by some of their peers to engage in risky behavior. However, there are certain times of year, such as Labor Day weekend, when drunk driving may be even more prevalent in New London and cities all over Connecticut. If you plan to celebrate this holiday, or will be driving during Labor Day weekend, it is vital to be aware of the risks of drunk driving.

With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, many people like to have one last celebration before fall officially starts. Sometimes, these celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol at a party with friends or family. Sadly, some people drive after drinking, whether they are not aware that their BAC level has exceeded the legal limit or they think they are capable of getting behind the wheel.

Multiple vehicles involved in Connecticut crash

Sometimes, traffic wrecks involve a series of vehicles, while others may only involve a single driver. Either way, the consequences can be devastating and may lead to either death or serious injuries. When multi-vehicle crashes happen, the ramifications can leave victims with many different types of problems, from physical pain to medical costs. In Connecticut, these wrecks have turned the lives of many victims upside down and it is crucial for those who drive recklessly to be held accountable.

A recent traffic collision that transpired in Connecticut involved three vehicles. Following the accident, which did not lead to any reported injuries, authorities had to shut down the I-84 lane where the collision happened. The wreck occurred at around 4:40 p.m. in Manchester.

Recovering from an animal bite

If you are struggling because of a recent animal bite, your life may be hard for different reasons. For example, you may be dealing with physical pain or a deep wound that the attack brought on. At Beebe & O'Neil, we also know that animal bite victims may face other difficulties, such as emotional trauma and even financial problems. As a result, those who are responsible for an attack in New London that never should have happened must answer for their negligence.

From deep wounds that leave permanent scars to medical expenses and mental trauma, animal bites can shatter victims' lives in many ways. Sadly, some pet owners are careless and do not take steps to ensure that their animal will not attack an innocent person on public or private property. As an example, people may take their violent dog to the beach and let it run around without a leash. 

How many car crashes are blamed on weather?

When it comes to motor vehicle crashes, there are many different factors that can cause an accident. For example, a wreck may happen because of someone’s poor decision to drive after drinking alcohol or while under the influence of drugs. Or, a collision may occur because of speeding, drowsy driving, or any other number of factors. Sometimes, accidents are the result of factors out of a driver’s control, such as poor weather. It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with inclement weather and understand how common these wrecks are.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that more than 5.7 million vehicle accidents occur per year, on average. Out of all of these accidents, weather plays a role in approximately 22 percent of the wrecks. While ice and snow are major concerns that many people realize, a majority of the weather-related traffic accidents happen when it is raining and on pavement that is wet. Other factors related to weather that can cause an accident include fog, which limits visibility, and wind, which can blow debris in the road.

What are the costs associated with deadly car crashes?

Many people recognize the emotional pain and other challenges that arise when someone passes away in a car accident. However, it is vital to realize that these fatalities can create other problems as well. Sadly, reckless drivers will keep putting innocent lives at risk because they choose to drive while excessively tired, distracted, or intoxicated. For all drivers, it is essential to understand that these wrecks also generate significant costs. Sadly, some of the consequences of a crash, such as losing a family member or friend, are incredibly painful and impossible to put a price tag on.

According to material published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accident fatalities lead to $44 billion worth of lost productivity and medical costs across the U.S. Among those between the ages of 1 and 54, traffic accidents are among the top 10 causes of death. Furthermore, more than 30,000 Americans lose their lives in these crashes on an annual basis.

Dangerous dog breeds and how to prevent attack

Dogs in Connecticut are responsible for a variety of bites and other serious, sometimes fatal, injuries. While any dog can become aggressive if feeling in danger, there are certain breeds that are responsible for the majority of attacks. Being aware of these breeds, and knowing what to do if danger lurks, can help prevent many unfortunate events from occurring.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the dog breeds that are most commonly associated with serious bite injuries are pit bull types, German Shepards, Rottweilers, mixed breeds and the Jack Russell Terrier. The AVMA also points out that some smaller breeds tend to be more aggressive but, because of their size, usually inflict less serious injuries. These dogs include toy breeds, collies and spaniels.

Car accidents and lost wages

On this blog, many of the physical consequences of a car crash have been covered, such as broken bones and other types of injuries. However, across the state of Connecticut, motor vehicle collisions have other ramifications. AtBeebe & O'Neil, we know that these collisions can also result in emotional distress and, in some cases, financial problems. From medical expenses to lost wages, traffic accidents can be financially devastating.

Following a motor vehicle wreck, you may not be able to work due to injuries sustained in the crash. Sadly, some car accident victims are never able to return to their line of work because of a permanent disability that was brought on by a traffic accident. Whether you are struggling with lost wages over the course of a short-term basis, or are trying to deal with the fact that you will never be able to return to the field you were working in before the crash, it is important to go over your choices and seek justice.

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