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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.

Head-on collision kills Rockville woman

One of the more common news items that may emerge following a car accident in Bridgeport is how authorities are investigating what may have caused the collision. While there certainly are cases where vehicle defects may contribute to an accident, most often an element of human error (be it intentional or not) is involved. It may be important for the causes of crashes to be determined in order to decide whether criminal charges need to be filed as well as to provide information for the insurance carriers of those involved. Beyond that, such knowledge may also prove to be beneficial to those who may end up seeking compensation from the driver deemed to be responsible.

How is self-driving car safety monitored?

If you have been following the progress of the development of self-driving cars, you may well have wondered just how safe these vehicles really are or will be. If so, you are not alone as many of your fellow Connecticut residents are asking much the same question. In fact, auto makers, technology companies and legislators are also asking this question.

New device may measure phone use after a crash

Most Connecticut residents have been hearing a lot about the dangers of distracted driving in the past couple of years. More and more research is coming out or being performed to track the use of phones while driving to vehicle accidents. The fact of the matter is that texting takes a driver's eyes, mind and hands off of driving and is therefore a danger that may increase the chance of an accident happening.

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