Sleepy drivers on Connecticut roadways contribute to car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified drowsy driving as an emerging threat to road safety in addition to drunk driving and distracted driving.
While most Connecticut motorists understand that taking their eyes of the road can be dangerous, they may still decide to adjust their sound system or look at their cellphone. However, even a brief distraction could potentially impede hazard anticipation and may actually increase the chances that the motorist could become involved in a car crash.
Individuals who drive in New London and elsewhere throughout Connecticut may be interested in knowing more about the dangers of sternum fractures. According to reports, fractures of the sternum occur more frequently due to motor vehicle accidents than any other cause. During a collision, a driver's chest could forcefully connect with a vehicle's steering wheel or dashboard, causing damage to the breastbone. Reports indicate that failure to wear a seatbelt and lack of air bags are often factors when a crash results in a sternum fracture.
The results of a new study show that pathologists may be misreading the breast cancer biopsies of women in Connecticut and across the United States as much as 75 percent of the time. The research was published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" on March 17.
In many cases, car accidents in Connecticut involving more than one vehicle are the result of a series of actions taken by the drivers involved. This means that it is likely that two or more drivers who were in the wreck share the fault for causing the crash. There are two main theories to determine how that fault will be shared: comparative negligence and contributory negligence.
In 2012, over 8 million motorcycles shared the roadways with passenger vehicles. In general, motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in accidents, thus driving with care can play a role in avoiding motorcycle-related incidents and injuries. Motorcycle drivers and their passengers have a higher risk of serious injury when an accident occurs, as the motorcycle does not provide the same protection as a closed vehicle. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that people on a motorcycle are five times more likely to become injured in an accident than those occupying a closed vehicle.
People in Connecticut who are involved in car accidents often experience a neck injury called whiplash. Whiplash is a broad term that refers to several different types of injuries that are caused by a sudden movement of a person's head at the impact of a crash. Like a whip, a car accident victim's head moves quickly in one direction and then another.
While thousands of car crashes happen each year, many people do not know that some of the common injuries received as a result are preventable. Using proper safety techniques and being aware of frequent accident injuries can help those in Connecticut stay safe.
Many deadly road traffic accidents in Connecticut occur when drivers are distracted or make unanticipated lane changes or other maneuvers. This often gives even motorists with fast reaction times little chance of avoiding a collision. However, the National Transportation Safety Board says that many of these accidents could be prevented if cars, SUVs and large commercial vehicles were equipped with currently available accident avoidance technology.
A woman was critically injured in Connecticut after she and another woman were struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the road on Nov. 12. The report stated that the incident occurred in the evening on Danbury Road in New Milford.