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Hang glider pilot's error leads to tourist's injuries

When people in Connecticut attempt potentially dangerous recreational activities, such as hang gliding, they should reasonably expect the experts to take every precaution to keep them safe. However, a Florida man on vacation in Switzerland had to hold on for dear life and sustained multiple injuries when his hang glider pilot failed to properly secure his harness to the hang glider.

It was the tourist's first hang gliding flight. His wife had taken a flight just prior to his with no untoward incident, and she was not aware that her husband had any issues until both had finished their flights.

Drugs and alcohol holiday accident risks

People who live in Connecticut know that the time between the middle of November and the start of January tends to be filled with a myriad of parties, family gatherings and other holiday celebrations. Alcohol tends to be served at a large portion of these activities which can increase the number of drivers on the roads who had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. It appears anymore that alcohol may not be the only problem people should be aware of.

As reported by WJLA.com, more drivers may also be operating vehicles after using marijuana or cannabis products. When it comes to buzzed driving near Thanksgiving, the term "Danksgiving" has come to be used frequently to refer to the risk of this behavior. This term is similar to "Drinksgiving" which has been used to describe the risks associated with drunk driving over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Driver rescued from flaming car by homeless men

Roadway accidents in Connecticut involving both cars and trucks sometimes result in lost lives. This could also have been true in the case of a collision in California between a sedan and an 18-wheeler that had lost control. Nevertheless, the driver of the sedan is alive today thanks to the heroic actions of two homeless men who pulled him from the flaming wreckage of his vehicle. 

The cause of the accident is unclear but, according to reports, the runaway big rig crashed into the small sedan and pushed it, stuck to the big rig's bumper, for 150 yards along Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, California last Tuesday. The sedan burst into flames upon coming to a halt after striking several other vehicles. The noise of the explosion attracted the attention of men living in a nearby homeless camp, at least four of whom rushed to the scene to see how they could help. Two men hurried to the burning vehicle to see if they could render assistance to the driver, while another two men helped to calm a group of school children on a field trip who were also at the scene, as well as aiding authorities with traffic control. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder and serious car wrecks

People handle the stress of being in motor vehicle accidents in different ways. The severity of the crashes is one impacting factor. People involved in serious accidents, including those where lives were taken, might have more pronounced effects.

While it is easy to focus on the physical injuries since they can be seen, it is also possible for victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a car crash. This is a mental health condition that must be treated or it can worsen and overtake a person's entire life.

Tackling the issue of truck driver fatigue

Many drivers may already be intimidated by the many large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers that they encounter on Bridgeport's roads; the last thing they want to even consider is that those operating such vehicles might literally be asleep at the wheel. Some might try to argue that the potential threat posed by drowsy drivers is overblown, and statistics may seem to even back up this point. Indeed, research information shared by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that fatigue was listed as the primary cause in only 1.5 percent of fatal truck accidents in 2013. Yet those compiling this same information recognize that there are potentially huge gaps in data collection accuracy in these incidents. Thus, the actual numbers may be quite higher. 

So just how big of a problem is truck driver fatigue? The concern is sufficient enough for the federal government to impose strict hours-of-service regulations in order to prevent it. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these are as follows: 

  • No driving for more than 11 hours after having taken 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • No driving beyond the 14th hour after a period of 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • No driving for more than eight hours before taking a 30-minute break 
  • No working beyond 60/70 hours in a 7/8-day work week (which restarts only after a driver takes a minimum of 34 consecutive hours off duty)

Can I make my stairs safer?

Millions of people each day use stairs in workplaces, stores, malls or even their own homes. While stairs are often used with no problem, unsafe stairs may cause people serious injury or even death. If you are a Connecticut property owner who is worried about your stairs presenting hazards to pedestrians, keep in mind several crucial methods that could improve the safety of your stairs.

Weeklysafety.com warns to keep stairs clean of debris. Heavily trafficked stairs might attract food, gum wrappers, bits of paper or anything that a human being might drop while walking up or down. Litter on the stairs can cause trip hazards, so a stairwell should be kept as clean as possible. If you feel it necessary, post a warning for people not to litter on your stairs.

What are common post-crash damages?

Connecticut residents who get into a car crash will have numerous issues to deal with afterwards, including various damages. Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C., will identify some of the most common post-crash damages.

First of all, we can divide post-crash damages into three primary categories. These categories are: damage done to people, damage done to property, and psychological damage.

Is there a legal duty to render aid?

There are one's legal obligations in Bridgeport, and then there is general decorum. Most believe that there is a marked difference between the two, yet there are cases where the lines between them may be blurred. An example might be that of a car accident. Say that you are involved in a car accident caused by another. It is common knowledge that the all parties involved (yet especially the driver responsible for the incident) are to remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives, accounts and information are shared, and everyone is given permission to leave. Yet what if you also happen to be injured? 

Decorum might certainly call for the driver responsible to render aid, yet is that a legal obligation. Per Section 14-224 of Connecticut's General Statutes, the duty to provide aid extends not only the driver who may have caused an accident in which others suffer injuries, but also to anyone knowingly involved in such an incident. The question then becomes to what degree should aid and care be given. 

It may take days to notice injuries after a car accident

Car wrecks devastate victims for many reasons. They must handle the financial aftermath of property damage and often address devastating injuries as well.

There are several injuries that can occur in a car crash. These are directly related to the type of accident and the speed of the vehicles. While many are obvious at the scene, other injuries aren't noticeable until hours or days after the crash.

House and 2 parked vehicles damaged in Connecticut crash

When people think of car accidents, they usually think of vehicles crashing into one another. However, vehicle crashes involving parked cars or even buildings are more common than most people realize; according to the Storefront Safety Council, vehicles in the United States collide with buildings up to 60 times per day in the United States, and a recent crash in Middlefield, Connecticut involved two parked vehicles and an unoccupied house.

The vehicle was traveling southbound at the time of the crash, according to firefighters summoned to the scene of the accident. It hit the house and the two parked vehicles after leaving the roadway on the right side. The crash caused heavy damage to the two parked vehicles, as well as a trailer attached to one of them. The damage to the two parked vehicles caused a spillage of large amounts of fluids such as gasoline, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to evaluate the area and clean up the fluids. The unoccupied house sustained only minor damage from the accident. 

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