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Authorities seek third vehicle involved in crash in Shelton

When people unexpectedly lose a loved one in Bridgeport, their first question is often "Why?". That question often becomes more prevalent when the loss is sudden, such as in a car accident. Not only do the families of accidents victims seek an understanding of what caused the accidents that claimed their loved ones, but so too do law enforcement officials and insurance companies. Should information surface that such collisions were the result of recklessness, the grief felt by those impacted by them may be compounded even further. This may be true even if they know the allegedly reckless parties. 

Authorities are currently looking into the possibility that such recklessness was what caused a collision in Shelton that took two lives and injured multiple others. The accident occurred when a Mini Cooper collided with a Saturn. Law enforcement officials also believe a third car was involved, and are considering whether that vehicle might have been racing one of the two cars damaged in the collision (which one it might have been was not reported). The driver and passengers of the Saturn all were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Sadly, the occupants of the Mini Cooper were not as fortunate. One passenger as not seriously hurt, yet the driver is listed as being in critical condition. The two other passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. One was the driver's wife, who was eight months pregnant. 

What accident damages can you get compensation for?

If you've had an accident with a negligent driver on the roads of Connecticut, it may feel like you will never be able to recover from your damages. Fortunately, that isn't true. Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C., are here to help you regain financial stability after an accident and continue moving forward with your life.

When you think about recovering damages after an accident, you likely think of two things first: medical expenses, and car damage. These are going to be your priciest up-front costs. You may need to cover ambulance rides, surgery, medications, and more. Depending on the amount of damage done to your car, you could drop hundreds or even thousands of dollars repairing it. You may even need to buy a new one.

Death of autonomous car driver raises more questions

Connecticut may be on the other side of the country from California but that does not mean that area residents are not avidly watching the development of autonomous vehicles. This technology is promised by many to not only reduce but maybe someday eliminate vehicle accidents. Across the country there are numerous vehicles now with some self-driving features already included. Things like automatic braking and self-parking are just two examples.

Unfortunately it seems that autonomous cars have yet to be proven to be failsafe. Just a few weeks ago, a man operating a Tesla vehicle was killed when the vehicle drove into a concrete barrier on a California freeway. Many details remain unknown but it has been reported that the sport utility vehicle was in autopilot mode and the driver had received multiple warnings to put his hands on the steering wheel. However, it appears his hands never touched the wheel in the seconds leading up to the accident.

The dangers of defective electronics

Certain residents in Connecticut may have received defective products before. While this can be annoying, it's not often harmful. However, that isn't necessarily the case when it comes to defective electronics.

According to Platinum Electricians, defective electrical wires are the number one issue when it comes to electrical hazards in the home. Electrical wires can arrive damaged when a person orders any device that needs to be plugged in. It may be difficult to detect that something is wrong with the wire at first. Damage may not be apparent until it has already been placed in an outlet, causing an electrical short. Wire damage that is easy to notice usually involves the protective outer layer being torn or the inner wiring poking through. However, a wire can be damaged simply by being pinched or bent the wrong way, and improper or loose connections can be a manufacturing error.

Spring driving means that everyone needs to be very careful

Spring in Connecticut is a wonderful time to enjoy driving. You can see the trees starting to return to the beautiful green that will adorn them all summer and the weather is nicer than it has been in months. If you are going to head out for a drive to enjoy nature's beauty, you should make sure that you are ready to do so safely.

There are specific dangers that you need to be ready to face when you are driving during the spring. Keeping these in mind might help you to stay safe and avoid potential problems.

Collapsed bridge highlights work in Connecticut

It would be hard for any resident in Connecticut to not have heard about the tragedy in Florida in which a bridge under construction collapsed, injuring and killing people below it. While work continues into the investigation as to what went wrong with this bridge, it is important for area residents to know that one company involved in that bridge's development has and is very involved in work on multiple bridges throughout Connecticut.

Also important to know is that FIGG Bridge Group has been fined in the past for negligence on a bridge project in Virginia that resulted in injuries. While the Connecticut Department of Transportation asserts that all bridges in the state on which FIGG Bridge Group is or has been involved are safe, citizens have a right to know where these projects are located. They include the Gold Star Memorial Bridge that connects Groton and New Longon, the Moses Wheeler Bridge on Interstate 95 that connects Stratford and Milford and the Pearl Harbor Bridge in New Haven.

Medication impairment can be just as risky as alcohol impairment

People who would never consider drinking and driving may still be hitting the roads of Connecticut with their driving abilities seriously impaired. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, before getting behind the wheel, motorists should seriously consider how the side effects of medications are likely to affect driving skills.

When getting a prescription, patients have the advantage of being able to ask the doctor about how the drug may affect them. This can be followed up with the pharmacist, and finally, the information from the company which should accompany the medication.

28 workers died in Connecticut in 2016

If you or a loved one are employed in a job known to have a higher-than-average risk of serious injuries, you will no doubt want to keep a pulse on workplace safety issues and reported incidents in the area. The Connecticut Economic Digest recently published data about the number of people who have died as a result of work-related situations or factors in 2015 and 2016.

As reported by Hartford Business, the number of lives lost in job-associated incidents in 2016 in Connecticut was 28. This is the lowest number of state workplace deaths in eight years since 2008. Interestingly, at the national level, there were 5,190 workplace deaths in 2016 and this number of deaths represented the highest number since 2008. Neighboring Rhode Island experienced nine fatalities that were connected to people's jobs in 2016.

What are common construction site hazards?

Connecticut construction workers like you often work in extremely hazardous environments. Not only can equipment be dangerous to work around even when you're using it properly, but accidents can happen and mistakes can be made. Here are some common hazards to keep an eye out for.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that fatal accidents at construction sites average a higher rate than any other industry in the country. Some of the top hazards include:

  • Electric shock
  • Crush injuries
  • Falls from heights
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Scaffold or trench collapses
  • Equipment malfunction or improper use

Drive safely in the spring to make it home

As the winter months retreat and spring makes its arrival, drivers need to make sure that they are adjusting their driving habits to remain safe. There are many obstacles and considerations that occur when the weather warms up, so you should make sure you are ready for them before you leave home.

Of course, your safety doesn't depend only on your own driving skills to remain safe. You also have to rely on other motorists to drive in a suitable manner. Below are some points to remember about driving safety in the spring.

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