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Teenagers and distracted driving

Some Connecticut parents may worry about the dangers of distracted driving as their teenagers learn to drive. However, they may not always consider that their behavior plays a role in how often a teenager uses a cellphone behind the wheel.

Avoid a drunk driving tragedy this New Year’s Eve

Across the country, countless people will be ringing in the New Year next weekend. It should not be a surprise that alcohol is often a large part of the festivities. There is nothing wrong with getting together with friends or family to drink and celebrate, but it is vital for those who drink alcohol to make smart choices. Revelers in Connecticut and elsewhere may significantly increase their chances of making it home safely by New Year’s Day when they are responsible about drinking and driving.

State sees Thanksgiving jump in speeding, crashes

When the holidays arrive, many people take to the road as their way of getting to friends' or family members' homes in Connecticut to share in the celebrations. This can be an efficient and affordable means of travel for people, especially for families that may not otherwise be able to afford to make the trek to be with their loved ones at these times. Unfortunately this opens up the possibility that instead of safely reaching relatives' or their own homes, people in vehicles will be involved in one of the many crashes that seem to happen when the roads get busy.

How many traffic fatalities occur in Connecticut?

If you drive regularly in Connecticut, you have no doubt seen your share of dangerous driving maneuvers. It can leave you amazed that some people manage to make it from one place to another without causing an accident when you see how they drive. Even if you do not witness accidents caused by speeding, drunk, distracted or otherwise reckless drivers, that does not mean that serious crashes are not happening.

Data inconclusive on Uber's effects on drunk driving

Many Connecticut drivers fear being hit by a drunk driver, and the existence of Uber and Lyft has left some feeling relieved. Yet studies on the effects of ride-sharing services have not found consensus on whether or not the existence of these apps has actually lowered rates of drunk driving.

Drunk driver hits officer

Connecticut residents know that should they ever been hit by a drunk driver, they can look to police officers or other members of law enforcement to help them and their loved ones. However, it is also important to know that these same people who are tasked with helping others can also themselves be the ones injured or killed by negligent drivers.

What are dram shop laws?

You know that drunk drivers are out there, yet like most, you probably never anticipate encountering one on the streets of Bridgeport. However, if and when sucn an encounter results in a collision, the results can often be devastating, with you and your passengers suffering serious injuries (or even death), and your vehicle sustaining extensive damage. Unquestionably, the irresponsible actions of the driver are to blame for your predicament. Yet could you also hold those who contributed to his or her drunken state liable as well? 

Explaining the Family Car Doctrine

Like many of those that we here at Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico, August and Butler, P.C. have helped in the past, your primary concern after having been involved in a car accident in Bridgeport is likely how you will be able to afford your injury expenses. If the other driver was at fault, then you may be able to recover beyond what his or her insurance company is willing to pay. Yet what if the other driver is a teen? He or she likely has little in the way of added resources. However, a unique legal doctrine that Connecticut courts subscribe to may allow you to hold his or her parents liable.

Two people extricated from accident scene on I-95

Among the many laws that the state of Connecticut has in place to keep motorists and pedestrians safe is the Move Over Law. Simply put, this law mandates that if drivers see disabled vehicles on the shoulder of a roadway, they should change lanes to get further away from the shoulder as they pass the disabled vehicles. The reason for this is to avoid inadvertatently hitting those vehicles or any people who may be outside the vehicles tending to flat tires or the other reasons that may have made them pull over in the first place.

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