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Man in Connecticut strikes another with vehicle following dispute

A collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian is frightening enough when it occurs unintentionally. It is even more disturbing when the driver deliberately attempts to run a pedestrian over. Such an attempt allegedly occurred recently in New Haven, Connecticut. Following a dispute between two men, one apparently struck the other with a car, then reportedly fled the scene.

The dispute occurred in the early morning hours in the parking lot of a gas station near the cross streets of Sherman and Whalley Avenues. It is unclear what prompted the dispute between the two men, but it appears that they were not the only people on the scene at the time. A car with a busted tire and broken window reportedly remained at the scene after authorities arrived and took the pedestrian to the hospital. This vehicle contained three women and a small child, according to accounts of witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

Was your knee hurt in a crash?

As a Connecticut driver who was recently involved in a car crash, it wouldn't be unusual for you to experience injuries. Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C., are here to talk about knee injuries in specific, which are often overlooked.

Your knees are not usually the first thing you're going to be worried about after getting into a crash, and for good reason. Any potential damage done to the brain, skull, spine or back is going to be a more immediately pressing matter. However, knee damage should not go overlooked or untreated, as it can also have a negative impact on your health.

Massive Conn. wreck leaves 3 injured, car completely destroyed

Authorities closed Interstate 84 east between mile markers 28 and 30 in Southington, Connecticut, after a massive wreck that occurred last Wednesday afternoon. Cleanup after the collision took approximately two hours. Law enforcement has not yet offered any explanation as to what caused the crash. However, it is known that the vehicles involved included a tractor-trailer and five cars. 

Law enforcement released some details of the crash via Twitter. Of the six people injured in the crash, three refused treatment while the other three traveled to the hospital via transport. The crash destroyed one car so completely that it was necessary for authorities to extricate the driver, a process that took 16 minutes to complete. It is unknown whether the driver extricated from his vehicle is among the six who sustained an injury in the crash, and if so, whether he was one of the three who refused treatment or among the three who traveled to the hospital. No data as to the severity of any of the injuries is available.

How can I stay safe while using ridesharing?

When you were little, your parents probably told you to never get into a vehicle with a stranger. It seemed like solid advice. You never know a stranger's motive, and once in his or her car, you are pretty helpless. However, with the growth of ridesharing in Connecticut, adults all over are hopping into cars with strangers every day. Even though things have changed, there is still a risk when you get into a stranger's car, even if you ordered it.

Staying safe while using ridesharing is a matter of paying attention and being aware of what is happening. Uber suggests using the tools it provides you to make sure the correct vehicle is picking you up. You can see the driver's photo and license plate number in the app. If they do not match, then do not get in.

Proving negligence after suffering car accident injuries

Injuries after a car accident can be mental as well as physical. Very often, car accident victims deal with a combination of both. The physical pain and suffering caused, as well as the emotional stress of the event, can often lead to certain types of trauma. Many car accident victims are later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and they often need ongoing therapy to help them heal.

Injured car accident victims should never underestimate the way that their injuries could affect their lives for years to come. So many injured people fail to take the appropriate action to make the claim for the damages that they deserve. The following are some ways that you can increase your chances of a successful claim.

Warning: Hands-free is not risk free

At Miller Rosnick Damico August & Butler PC in Connecticut, we represent many clients who have suffered serious injuries as the result of a car crash. All too often they tell us that the driver who caused the accident appeared to be talking on his or her cellphone at the time of the accident, even though they failed to notice a phone or other device in his or her hand.

Unfortunately, the advent of hands-free devices in vehicles has led to the absolutely false belief that hands-free means risk-free. The National Safety Council reports that around 100 people die every day from distracted driving accidents, mostly having to do with cellphone usage. It also counsels that any kind of cellphone usage while driving, whether hand-held or hands-free, puts you at grave risk for involving yourself in a car crash.

Tips for safe summer road trips

With summer just around the corner, residents in Connecticut who are planning on hitting the road for a vacation should plan ahead to ensure they and their families are safe when driving. While there is no way to fully control the actions of other drivers, motorists can protect themselves by making sure their vehicles and passengers are properly tended to. This can go a long way toward preventing problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that one good place to start when preparing for a summer road trip is vehicle maintenance and condition. Scheduling a routine checkup and servicing is wise but even before going in for that service appointment, drivers should check for any recalls that may be ordered for their vehicles. This may allow time for any service needs related to the recall to be addressed at the same time as other service tasks.

Motorcycle fatalities trending downward

When it comes to owning a bike in Connecticut, many motorcyclists are more concerned with the cool factor than safety. As a result, you may see many riders on the highway without a helmet, or riding with cut-off sleeved outfits. While sleeves on a shirt will not be saving lives any time soon, that helmet might be the difference between life or death for many.

Forbes notes that even though motorcycle crash fatalities went down by around 5.6% for 2018, bikers still had higher fatality rates than passenger vehicle occupants. The figures say about 28 times higher. Is it any wonder so many parents refuse to purchase bikes for their teenagers?

Do you have whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when a sudden force forces the neck to move back and forth in a rapid motion. Though whiplash can occur for a few different reasons, the most common cause of whiplash is car accidents. If you were recently involved in a car accident in Connecticut, pay attention for signs and symptoms of whiplash. Whiplash does not always present itself immediately after a crash — in fact, many of the more noticeable whiplash symptoms occur up to 24 hours after the incident. Mayo Clinic details the signs of whiplash, possible complications and when to see a doctor.

Whiplash can cause both physical and mental symptoms. The most common sign of the condition is neck pain and stiffness, worsening pain, shoulder and neck tenderness and loss of range of motion of the neck. You may also develop headaches that begin at the base of your skull, tingling or numbness in the arms or dizziness. Many persons who develop whiplash complain of feeling extremely tired, having blurred vision or experiencing ringing in their ears.  

The biggest reason for car accidents: Flawed human choices

It's easy to point fingers after a car accident, looking for reasons the wreck occurred. What were the weather conditions like at the time? How was the road designed? How old was the driver who caused the crash? Do some cars crash more than others?

It's not that these aren't important questions to ask. They are, and they can shed a lot of light on why car accidents are still one of the major sources of serious injuries and death in the United States. But they hide the fact that the root problem is far simpler than that. The issue is just that human drivers make mistakes.

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