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October 2014 Archives

Hours of service regulations for truckers

The current regulations for the amount of time drivers of large commercial vehicles can continuously operate their vehicles were published by the Federal Register in December 2011 and are known as the Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule. Besides designating the maximum hours of driving permitted for drivers, these regulations also establish mandatory breaks for them.

Fatalities from drunk driving accidents

Since it is estimated that 4 million American adults drove under the influence of alcohol one or more times in 2010, it is likely that Connecticut highways will experience multiple alcohol-impaired driving episodes this year. According to data released by the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, three Americans are killed in alcohol-related highway accidents every two hours. In 2010, highway crashes that involved alcohol accounted for 13,365 deaths in the United States. In addition to thousands of fatalities each year, drunk driving results in arrests, damages to property and injuries to people.

What damages can be collected for dog bites?

People who have suffered dog bite injuries in Connecticut may wonder if they are able to sue the dog's owners, and if so, what damages they may be able to recover. Under the state's strict liability statute, a dog owner may be held liable for damages even if he or she had no reason to believe that the dog had a propensity to attack others or had never bitten another person before. Moreover, injured victims do not need to prove negligence under this statute.

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