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Defensive driving techniques all drivers should practice

One of the top ways you can avoid an accident is by practicing strong defensive driving habits. For example, if you are the first car in line at a red light and it changes green, you should not assume that it is safe to enter the intersection. First, you should act defensively and look both ways to make sure all cross traffic has actually stopped and there isn't a rogue vehicle barreling toward the intersection. By taking those few extra seconds, you can avoid becoming the victim of a reckless driver.

While each situation is unique and can require different defensive driving tactics, by adopting some basic techniques you can increase your chances of staying safe on the road. Here are a few defensive driving tips every driver should follow.

What happens with a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries can change a person’s life in an instant. Along with the physical effects of these injuries, damage to the spinal cord can also impact a person psychologically, especially when long-term impairment is a factor. The Mayo Clinic provides the following information on spinal cord injuries, including risk factors and complications.

The severity of an injury usually depends on what part of the spine sustained damaged. Complete loss of function in all limbs is called tetraplegia. This condition also impacts the hands, feet, and pelvic muscles. A person may also experience paraplegia, which impacts the lower extremities alone. Paralysis can be complete, meaning no sensation or function can be found in the affected areas, or non-complete, where there is minimal sensation and function.

Conn. rollover crash results in fatality, injured DOT worker

Even a single-vehicle accident can cause injury or death to vehicle occupants, pedestrians or others. Sometimes the aftermath of one collision can contribute to another. Both conditions occurred in relation to a rollover crash in Berlin, Connecticut last Sunday evening.

The driver and sole occupant of a vehicle died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained when he crossed over normal lanes of traffic, through a wire rope barrier and down an embankment. The vehicle rolled and came to rest upside down in four feet of water. Later, another car struck a Department of Transportation worker responding to the scene. The DOT worker's current condition is not available, but authorities report that he was conscious and alert during transport to the hospital. 

How do defective products happen?

Connecticut residents like you rely on the products you use to be safe. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C., take a look at the defective and harmful products that can cause liability issues among the consumer base and how they get to the shelves in the first place.

Defective products happen for a number of reasons, but a good portion of them fall under the umbrella of negligence. This can be willful at times, or it may be unintentional. Negligence in any form is a lack of care or attention payed to situations in which a sharp eye is crucial. Any area of an item's production can suffer from negligent actions. Quality assurance is one of the areas mentioned most frequently, simply because it's a last line of defense.

2-vehicle crash kills Connecticut man

Head-on collisions between two vehicles are not very common, but the rate of fatalities that result from such crashes is disproportionate to their occurrence. A number of different factors, including time of day, weather, road conditions and vehicles' speed, affect the severity of a head-on collision. Such an accident on Tuesday afternoon in Colchester, Connecticut resulted in the death of one of the drivers and sent a driver and passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Authorities closed Route 16, where the accident occurred, near Northern Boulevard. Each of the two vehicles, which were coincidentally manufactured by the same company, sustained heavy damage as a result of the head-on collision. One of the drivers involved in the accident, a 37-year-old man from Plainville, Connecticut, died at the scene after Colchester Fire and EMS removed him from the vehicle and attempted to administer CPR. A man and a woman in the other vehicle went to a nearby hospital via transport for their injuries, the extent of which is not known at this time, nor is their current condition known. It is also unclear whether the man or the woman was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Can car crashes cause medical conditions?

Connecticut residents who get into a car crash have to deal with plenty of short-term issues. This includes injuries like bruising, broken bones, sprains, head trauma, spinal cord damage, and more. These issues often come with a high hospital bill as well. But do the hospital visits stop there?

The American Family Physician looks at post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) resulting from car accidents. This can be considered a medical condition, and it can impact your life on a daily basis. PTSD and other related disorders can make it hard for you to accomplish daily tasks, live with the same vigor you had before, or even leave your house at all. Many people don't know how to deal with or treat their disorders, especially because they don't believe a car accident is a "good enough" reason to seek therapy.

Gathering evidence to build a claim after a car accident

Car accidents occur every day, resulting in months or even years of legal conflict and recovery for the victims, especially if an accident causes injuries. Unfortunately, building a strong injury claim is much easier and often more successful if victims collect important information and evidence before leaving the scene, but this not always possible.

If you or someone you know experiences a car accident, it is wise to gather as much evidence as you can before leaving the scene and before the cleanup crews arrive to clear away debris. In many cases, if a victim leaves the scene without collecting important evidence, that evidence may disappear permanently, complicating the claims process.

Holiday accident and drunk driving arrests

The holiday time is one that is often marked by local car travel for Connecticut residents. This might include going to or from parties, dinners and other events with friends, families and co-workers. This travel might also entail longer distance trips to visit relatives who live out of the area. Either way, being on the roads and highways at this time of year is not always something people look forward to.

The concern about travelling during holiday times is that there may be an increased number of drunk drivers around. This, in turn, increases the risk of being hit by those drunk drivers. According to The Westerly Sun, law enforcement teams in both Connecticut and Rhode Island were busy over the 2018 holiday season responding to vehicle accidents and arresting impaired drivers.

Connecticut drunk driving deaths higher than national average

With the end of the year come festivities that often involve the consumption of alcohol, making the holidays a dangerous time of the year for people to be out on the road. Even though drunk driving deaths are 100 percent preventable, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that 4,110 people in the United States died in car crashes involving drunk drivers during the month of December over a period from 2013 to 2017. The same federal agency reports that Connecticut's percentage of fatal crashes involving drunk drivers is well above the national average. 

The national average for fatal crashes involving one or more driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher was 29 percent in 2017, showing a 1.1 percent decrease from 2016. According to the NHTSA, the average in Connecticut is significantly higher at 43 percent, or 120 fatal crashes involving one or more drunk driver out of 278 fatal crashes for the whole year. Between 2016 and 2017, fatal crashes involving drunk drivers in Connecticut increased by 3.5 percent, even as the total number of fatal crashes actually decreased slightly. 

Bold move made to curb drunk driving

For nearly four decades, residents in Connecticut have been exposed to a strong increase in education about the dangers of drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in 1980 and, since then, many other groups and law enforcement agencies have worked together to get the message out that drinking and driving really do not mix.

When MADD was first established, most states in the country identified a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent as the threshold at or over which a driver was considered legally drunk. Then, in 1983, the state of Utah made what was then a bold move by lowering that limit to 0.08 percent. In the subsequent twenty years, all remaining 49 states and the District of Columbia did the same.

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