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.
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.
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 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.
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 cause of an automobile accident may be evident in some cases. In other cases, an investigation leads to a reasonable conclusion as to the cause. Sometimes, however, authorities remain puzzled as to the cause of a motor vehicle accident. Such is the case for a head-on collision that left one driver dead and another injured late Sunday evening in West Haven, Connecticut on the Boston Post Road. Authorities have determined that one of the vehicles crossed the center line but are unclear as to which one and are currently asking any witnesses to the accident to come forward with whatever further information they may have.
Driving while distracted is a huge issue in Connecticut. State lawmakers often create laws to combat serious issues such as this. One of the top causes of distracted driving these days is the use of cell phones. Cell phones are very distracting. You may think glancing down for a couple seconds cannot possibly cause any problems, but taking your eyes away from the road for just a brief time increases your chances of getting into an accident. Most accidents happen in a matter of seconds, so every second counts when it comes to staying safe.
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.
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.
Traffic accidents rank among the deadliest risks that Connecticut residents face on a regular basis. The incidence of these events is high and their potential outcomes are disastrous. With all of this in mind, you might feel that the criminal court system takes car accident deaths too lightly — and you would not be alone. You could pursue such a matter in the civil courts up to two years after the fatal collision took place, in most cases.