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Hartford Personal Injury Law Blog

Serious car accidents due to texting a growing problem

The advent of the automobile greatly increased a person's ability to travel greater distances faster. Later advances in technology have enhanced people's ability to remain in communication at all times. Unfortunately, the combination of these two inventions often leads to serious car accidents that injure and kill Connecticut residents every year.

According to one set of statistics, approximately 2.5 million people in the United States are involved in car accidents every year. Of that number, more than half of them are said to involve a distracted driver. The same statistics report that an estimated 37,000 people die in these wrecks, and more than 420,000 are injured by a driver who was negligent in some manner. It also appears that texting behind the wheel is more likely to result in a serious crash than intoxicated driving.

Left turn errors cause many motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle enthusiasts are aware of the dangers they face as they indulge in their passion for these two-wheeled vehicles. However, even the most experienced rider is not immune to the hazards posed by other motorists. One of the most common and deadly causes of Connecticut motorcycle accidents is drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to oncoming motorcycles.

Recently, another one of these tragic crashes took the life of a biker. According to police, the latest victim was a 38-year-old man. The accident occurred at a local intersection in the late afternoon hours. Purportedly, the motorcycle was headed in a west bound direction headed toward the intersection. A vehicle that was being driven by a 70-year-old woman made a left turn directly into his path.

Woman ordered to pay victim for serious animal bites

One of the greatest responsibilities a pet owner faces is ensuring that his or her pet does not cause harm to innocent victims. While most state that their dogs do not pose a threat, any animal is capable of inflicting serious animal bites under the wrong circumstances. Recently, a Connecticut judge ordered a pet owner to pay a victim for the harm she suffered in an attack.

The victim, who was a 10-year-old child at the time, suffered several serious wounds in 2014 when the owner's dog launched an attack. The incident occurred at the victim's home and was described as an unprovoked attack at the time. It was purportedly determined that the child did not in any way purposefully incite the aggressive behavior in the animal.

Man an example of serious injuries caused by motorcycle accidents

Those who choose to travel by motorcycle likely do so for a variety of reasons, including being able to experience the open road without the confines that come with most vehicles. However, as most are aware, even the most diligent rider is much more vulnerable to suffering a serious injury in car versus motorcycle accidents. Another Connecticut family has experienced this firsthand after a loved one suffered serious injuries in a collision.

According to Connecticut State Police, a rider suffered serious injuries in a wreck that occurred on Main Street in Ellington. Details have not been released, but a collision between a passenger vehicle driven by a 66-year-old woman and the 46-year-old motorcyclist resulted in the rider being dislodged from his bike. He landed violently on the road's surface and suffered serious head trauma.

Connecticut family may consider suing for wrongful death

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things to accept. When that loss is the result of the actions or negligence of another, the pain the survivors feel may be even worse. In those circumstances, there are often monetary damages that accompany the loss that need to be dealt with somehow. If there is sufficient evidence to show that another party caused the death, then Connecticut families may choose to file a wrongful death claim in an effort to recover some of those damages.

Last year, Connecticut police were in pursuit of a teen who was traveling at a high rate of speed. In the driver's attempts to elude the officials, he purportedly lost control of his vehicle. It continued along its path until it collided with a tree.

Woman handed jail time for her dogs' attack in 2014

Many people devote much time and attention to their four-legged companions. However, no matter how much they are doted on, these pets are still capable of inflicting grievous injuries. There have been several recent accounts of Connecticut victims suffering serious animal bites when dogs were able to escape from their homes or owners.

Recently, one dog owner was sentenced for her role after two of her pets mauled a woman. The victim, who was working as an in-home caregiver, was viciously attacked by two of the owner's five large breed dogs. The victim lost her nose and suffered horrific injuries to portions of her face as well as significant damage to her arm.

Family may file wrongful death after tragic hit and run accident

Life can change in the blink of an eye. The most routine decisions -- such as waiting at a bus stop -- have the potential to end in a tragic death when the actions of one or more individuals put others in jeopardy. One Connecticut family may seek closure and justice by means of a wrongful death suit after losing a cherished family member.

On a seemingly ordinary Tuesday in July, a 56-year-old mother and grandmother of nine, who was at a bus stop, was struck by an automobile. The driver and passengers reportedly did not stop to render aid or report the accident. The victim was left lying where she was hit until help was finally summoned for her. She was transported to a nearby facility where she remained a patient for several days for treatment of her severe injuries.

Sometimes families wait for justice after motorcycle accidents

It happens at times that an investigation into a fatal wreck takes Connecticut officials several weeks to complete. When families are awaiting news as to what may have led to a the loss of a loved one, the wait may feel like justice delayed. However, in the case of many motorcycle accidents, it can take considerable time to conduct interviews and examine all of the evidence.

One such recent investigation lead to charges being filed against a driver who allegedly caused a fatal motorcycle wreck. This collision occurred on a late April afternoon. According to investigators, a motorist who was approaching a crossroads failed to yield the right of way. His car collided with a motorcycle in the intersection.

Animal bites leave more than physical pain for victims

Americans spend billions of dollars every year taking care of their pets. However, while the majority of these animals are peaceful family members, there is always a risk of serious animal bites in certain circumstances. An elderly Connecticut man recently suffered serious injuries when a neighbor's dog attacked.

The man's neighbors came to his aid when a large dog escaped from a nearby home and attacked him. According to witnesses at the scene, the dog purportedly singled out this particular man and repeatedly charged him every time others tried to pull him off of the victim. Police who responded to the call for help stated that the animal was being restrained by neighbors when they arrived on the scene.

Car accidents cause more than physical injuries for victims

Few things can alter a life more than a seemingly random accident. Though car accidents take a heavy toll on one's physical health, the lives of victims are often shattered in many other ways. A recent Connecticut accident may leave one woman struggling to recover not just physically and emotionally, but financially as well.

According to the police, the woman was attempting to cross a local roadway. She was purportedly using the designated pedestrian crossing. A car traveling down the street struck the woman.