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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.

Connecticut car crash causes power outages, school delays

A car crash can sometimes cause a chain reaction that can have unexpected and far-reaching effects. On Friday morning, three public schools in Wallingford, Connecticut, a middle school and two elementary schools, experienced a delayed start of three hours because a car accident in the vicinity took down a utility pole, causing a power outage. 

At this time, few details are available regarding the crash. It is unclear whether the crash involved only one vehicle or if there were others. It is known that one vehicle struck a utility pole, causing it to fail and resulting in a power outage. The crash also resulted in one injury requiring hospitalization, though there is no information available as to the extent of the injuries or the individual's current condition. The accident occurred Friday morning in Wallingford at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street. 

Are gun makers liable for firearm injuries and deaths?

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 made it difficult, if not impossible, for gun violence victims and family members to seek restitution from gun manufacturers by affording gun makers protection from litigation except in cases in which the manufacturer had prior knowledge that the purchaser intended to use the weapon to commit a crime and sold the firearm to the individual anyway. The rationale behind the law seems to be that gun makers should be no more responsible for deaths related to use of their products than automobile manufacturers should be responsible for drunk driving deaths. However, according to The Motley Fool, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that could undo the protections in place shielding gun manufacturers from product liability lawsuits. 

Remington Arms is a Connecticut-based weapon manufacturer that produced the Bushmaster XM15 semiautomatic rifle used to kill six adults and 20 children in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Parents of some of the children killed in the attack subsequently brought a lawsuit against Remington under the state's Unfair Trade Practices Act, claiming that the manufacturer's marketing of the rifle as a "military-style" weapon contributed to the attack. The recent Connecticut Supreme Court hearing allows the lawsuit to proceed, stating that the question of whether promotional marketing schemes rise to the level of illegal trade practices should be for a jury to decide. 

Common distractions while driving

Drivers in Connecticut have a responsibility to stay safe on the road, but distracted driving continues to be a big issue. There are many common distractions that drivers should be aware of so they can take the proper precautions to prevent accidents with others.

The CDC reports that almost 400,000 people receive injuries, and around 3,470 people die, due to distracted driving. Distractions can occur visually, cognitively or manually, and examples include using the navigation system, putting on makeup, eating and reading. Cellphone use while driving contributes to many crashes. Texting is the worst, as it takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind away from operating the vehicle safely. 

Do you really need police for a fender bender?

It's a question any resident of Connecticut may ask themselves if they get into a minor crash. While you may think that you can get away without having to call the police onto the scene, there are a few things you should know before making that decision.

FindLaw states that the way you handle a minor collision should actually be similar to how you would handle a more major collision. Similar steps should be taken in regard to injury and risk assessment, as well as making sure to clear the roadway after you ensure no one is too injured and the cars can be moved safely.

Beware of common car wreck injuries

Car crashes can lead to significant injuries for the victims. These can range from things like broken bones or bruising to severe brain trauma or spinal cord damage. Not only can these lead to expensive medical bills, there is also a chance that they will have a negative impact on your ability to lead your life in the manner to which you are accustomed.

The specific circumstances of the accident play an important part in what types of injuries you might suffer. When seeking medical care, discuss the factors of the accident with the doctor so that they can check for the most common injuries.

Fatal multi-vehicle accident triggered by wrong-way driver

Most people who live in Connecticut understand the responsibility that comes with driving a motor vehicle. This responsibility includes not only following the traffic laws for the sake of obeying laws or avoiding fines but primarily to respect the lives of others by driving safely. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who seem to not take the safety of others or even themselves too seriously. Their actions make even the best safe and defensive drivers at risk of being in unnecessary accidents.

A tragic example of this reality can be seen in a recent fatal accident that happened near exit 91 along Interstate 95. The Day reports that a 32-year-old man was driving his passenger car in the wrong direction on the freeway early on a Saturday evening. There are no details about why the man may have been doing this. It is also not known if the man was potentially under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.

What does it mean when my car is totaled?

Getting into a car accident in Connecticut is never a fun situation. You may have to deal with injuries and the stress of being involved in such a situation. You also have to think about your vehicle. Regardless of how severe the accident was, there is always a chance your insurance company will consider it a total loss.

This is often referred to as a car being totaled. What it means, according to the State of Connecticut Insurance Department, is that your insurance company feels the cost to repair your vehicle exceeds the overall value of your vehicle. For example, if the assessed value of your vehicle is $2,000 and the estimated cost for repairing it is $2,500, your insurance company would consider it a total loss.

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