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Family loses child in fatal crash on freeway

Connecticut residents who take to the roads as drivers, motorists, pedestrians or even bicyclists must be always aware of the risk of an accident. Even when acting safely and defensively this can happen because negligent people are, sadly, able to be anywhere at any time. The impact of a single crash can be extreme and cascade far beyond the person who may be hurt in a crash.

Today, there are likely many people who are affected by and trying to make sense of a recent crash near the exit number 17 along Interstate 95 near Westport. Reports indicate that a vehicle heading north on the freeway came to a stop in a sudden manner. The reason for this fast stop is not known and is part of what investigators will try to learn more about. What is known, however, is that a boy who was only nine years old was riding in that vehicle.

Must your employer carry workers’ compensation insurance?

You rely on your employer in Bridgeport for quite a lot, from compensating you with a salary to providing you with safe conditions in which to work in. Yet what if you get injured at work? Like most, you might automatically assume that workers’ compensation benefits will cover your injury expenses. However, what happens if your employer tells you that it does not carry such coverage?

The first thing to know is that by not offering such coverage, your employer may be in violation of the law. According to information shared by the National Federation of Independent Business, Connecticut state law requires that all companies employing more than one person must provide employees access to workers compensation coverage. There are only two exceptions to this rule: First, if your company self-ensures, then it does not have to carry coverage through a third party provider. In this case, you would receive benefits through your company’s own internal plan, thus giving you the added funds you need. The second exception is if you are a household employee that works less than 26 hours per week.

What happens when a driver uses a cellphone?

You may have heard some of the statistics about texting and driving thanks to national and statewide campaigns to bring awareness to the increased crash risks on Connecticut roadways and across the country. Because drivers take at least one hand off the wheel and look away from the road to read a text message, their chances of an accident rise significantly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the mental demands of even a simple conversation on a cellphone change the way that your brain processes vital information.

Researchers have called the effects of mental distractions “inattention blindness.” Even though you may be looking directly at the road while thinking about something else, such as a phone call, you are still likely completely miss important cues or fail to respond to them quickly enough. In simulated situations, scientists have studied people’s brains via imaging techniques and discovered that the brain activity was reduced by 37 percent when using a headset while driving. This may be the reason that many studies indicate delays in reaction time for drivers talking on the phone.

Understanding who is most likely to talk and text while driving

Few of those that we here at Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico, August and Butler, P.C. work with ever anticipated encountering a dangerous driver on the road. You may carry the assumption, yet the fact is that you are taking a risk every time you take to the streets of Bridgeport. Among the many groups of dangerous drivers out there, distracted motorists may pose one of the greatest threats to your safety.

Distracted drivers have become an increasing problem in recent years. Much of this has to do with the proliferation of cell phone technology. With almost everyone now carrying a handheld device that seemingly begs for attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including while people are behind the wheel), it is easy to see why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted drivers took the lives of 3,477 people in the U.S. in 2015 alone.

3 common car crash injuries from rear-end collisions

You were stopped at a red light when it happened: The driver behind you didn't see you and failed to stop. Immediately, you were thrown forward by the force of the impact. You hit your head on the back of your seat and again on the airbag as it deployed. You have bruising from the impact against your glasses. You have lacerations and bruising. You're able to get out without severe injuries, but that doesn't minimize your experience.

What kinds of injuries can you expect in a crash like this?

What are some of the consequences of brain injuries?

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious brain injury in Bridgeport, you are likely aware of the damaging consequences head injuries can have on one’s health and well-being. There are a number of complications associated with brain injuries, some of which may even be life-threatening. While proper treatment and timely medical care can sometimes limit their impact, in some cases these complications will be irreversible.

As stated by The Mayo Clinic, complications associated with traumatic brain injuries can involve both physical and mental aspects of your body. If the damage affects the area at the base of your skull, you may develop significant cranial nerve damage that can impact other areas. Damage to these nerves can result in lack of sensation within the face, vision loss, paralysis and trouble swallowing.

Detailing state-approved hand signals indicating on-road actions

Both motorcyclists and drivers are expected to share Bridgeport’s roads with each other. However, many of those who operate motorcycles may tell you that drivers often do not afford the same level of this courtesy to them as they do other cars. Indeed, if and when motorcycle accidents do happen, drivers may often attempt to place the blame on the motorcyclists for cutting in front of them or not indicating a turn. Sadly, the motorcyclists involved in these accidents are often not around to defend themselves. According to research data shared by the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to perish in collision than the passenger vehicle occupants involved.

Motorcyclists may help further ensure their own safety on the road as well as take away not signaling as an excuse for motorists to cite by learning the state-approved hand signals indicating turns. The proper use of such signals can be seen in the official Driver’s Manual released by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. It describes the signals (and the actions they indicate) as follows:

  •          Left turn: Left palm forward, left arm extended completely outward.  
  •          Right turn: Left palm forward, left arm extended out, bent upward at the elbow, forming a 90 degree angle.
  •          Slow down or stop: Left palm facing backwards, left arm extended downward at a 45 degree angle.

How can I share the road safely with large trucks?

Every day Connecticut drivers must share the road with trucks and other large vehicles. This can prove deadly in some instances, especially when truckers are careless or exhibit dangerous driving habits. While you can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to preserve the safety of yourself and others when sharing the road with large trucks.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large vehicles like trucks must maneuver differently on the road due to their expansive size. As a result, passenger vehicles should be aware of these differences to be able to respond accordingly. For instance, trucks take much longer to stop than smaller vehicles. That means cutting in front of a truck can prove highly dangerous, as the vehicle may not be able to stop in time.

Who pays if someone you love is paralyzed in car accident?

Modern vehicles offer a lot of benefits to society. They allow for secure and rapid transportation to essentially any place that is accessible by land. They allow individuals increased autonomy, and can help create a feeling of independence in youth as they mature.

However, motor vehicles are also incredibly dangerous for those who operate and ride inside them. When accidents happen, serious injuries are not uncommon. Sometimes, those injuries can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one suffered spinal damage and paralysis due to an accident, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney.

Are there cases where an owner is not liable for a dog bite?

Many in Bridgeport may look to dogs for love and companionship. However, it should not be forgotten that these animals are capable of causing harm. If you or a member of your family is bitten by a dog, then most would likely assume that responsibility for the incident (as well as any expenses that may come with it) should be that of the dog owner. Yet is that always the case?

Connecticut state law does very clearly state that the owner of a dog (or, if the owner is a child, his or her parents) is liable for injuries the animal causes. There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule. The law also states that the owner may be absolved of liability if you (or your family member) are proven to have been doing any if the following to the dog:

  •          Teasing
  •          Tormenting
  •          Abusing
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