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.
Spring weather is known for an increase in precipitation in many parts of the country, and Connecticut motorists should remember that rain can be a major factor in car accidents. AAA notes that more than 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents can be traced to wet conditions annually around the country. A focus on good driving habits for such conditions may be helpful in limiting a driver's risk of becoming part of this statistic.
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.
Spinal fractures are serious injuries and most often occur in the mid-back (thoracic spine) and lower back (lumbar spine). Connecticut motorists might not know that these types of spinal fractures are often the result of high-impact traffic collisions, although falls from high places, sports accidents and other traumas may also be causes.
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.
As several Connecticut residents may know, motor vehicle accidents might cause shoulder injuries that can range from fractures and dislocation to soft tissue injuries. Recovery from some shoulder injuries may take an extended amount of time followed by rehabilitation.
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.
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.
A 71-year-old man entered a not guilty plea to charges of negligent vehicular homicide stemming from a June traffic accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The Stamford incident occurred on Harvard Avenue.