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Victims of serious falls may have a premises liability case

Some of the most popular videos on social media sites feature hapless souls suffering some type of harm through falls. Though the majority of these filmed accidents do not result in serious injuries, a fall is no laughing matter -- especially when the victim is an older adult. Connecticut residents who suffer significant injuries while on the property of another party may have a case for filing a premises liability civil suit.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one out of four older adults suffer a fall every year. An estimated 20 percent of these falls will result in a serious injury such as a fracture or a head trauma. More than 800,000 patients require hospitalization for a fall-related injury -- most commonly a broken hip or a brain injury. Nearly 95 percent of the hip fractures that are reported are caused by a patient suffering from a fall -- typically a sideways fall.

Drinking and driving plays significant role in many car accidents

The legal drinking age has been set at 21 for several years now. However, that has not deterred many college students from indulging in adult beverages and then climbing behind the wheel of a vehicle. Sadly, drinking and driving is a significant factor in many underage car accidents in Connecticut and elsewhere.

Recently, a former college student was sentenced for her role in a serious collision that occurred two years ago. At the time, the then 19-year-old woman stated that she had been indulging in alcoholic drinks at a local college dormitory. She then got in her vehicle and was driving under the influence when she encountered a 36-year-old man riding a scooter.

In latest report of motorcycle accidents, witnesses provided help

The warmer months lead to more motorcyclists indulging in their love of riding. As a result, Connecticut typically sees an increase in the numbers of motorcycle accidents that result in serious injuries. In a recent incident, witnesses played an important role in assisting police.

According to the report, a local CBS news crew was on the scene of another story when the sounds of a loud collision were noted. Crews immediately located the source of the sound and began reporting on the scene of a serious motorcycle accident. Witnesses stated that a driver of an SUV struck the motorcyclist and then drove away from the scene. The operator of the bike suffered undisclosed injuries and was transported by emergency workers to a nearby medical center.

2 killed in separate but related Connecticut car accidents

Interstate 91 is one of the longest highways in the Northeast that runs primarily north and south and connects three New England states. As such, it is heavily traveled on a daily basis and can prove to be hazardous to Connecticut motorists as it has been the site of many serious car accidents. One recent series of events along the route resulted in the death of two people.

According to the police report, a motorist traveling in the southbound lanes somehow lost control of a vehicle and wound up colliding with the steel guardrail on the left hand shoulder. Another driver, who was headed northbound, either noticed the disabled car or witnessed the accident. The driver of the second car then pulled over to the right hand shoulder of the northbound lanes and crossed the highway on foot, presumably to offer assistance to the stranded motorist.

Connecticut city sued for response to animal bites emergency call

When one is in a dangerous situation, the idea that emergency dispatchers are usually only minutes away can bring a sense of security. Unfortunately, the staff employed in these vital call centers have been known to make errors in judgment that can delay the dispatch of police and rescue crews. Recently, the city of New Haven, Connecticut, found itself the subject of a lawsuit after it was alleged that a call center inappropriately delayed help during an incident that resulted in a woman suffering fatal animal bites.

The fatal attack occurred in June of 2016, and the victim died of her physical wounds shortly after the mauling. According to court records, there were multiple calls placed several minutes apart to the New Haven 911 Public Service Answering Point center. The first caller was reportedly not in the immediate vicinity of the attack and was attempting to summon help based on the 53-year-old woman's screams and barking from the attacking dogs. The dispatcher purportedly asked a few questions to gather details and then categorized the call as a lower priority.

Family of man killed in crash could pursue wrongful death claim

Life comes with no promises of a tragedy-free existence. Unfortunately, the choices that others make can leave a trail of devastation for Connecticut families in the event those choices prove to be deadly. When a fatal crash takes the life of a loved one, the surviving family may consider filing a wrongful death suit against the parties deemed liable for their losses.

Recently, a prosecutor stated that a man who has been deemed responsible for causing a fatal collision was intoxicated. According to the police reports, the 22-year-old driver was purportedly on a test drive with a pickup truck to consider the purchase of that vehicle. At some point during the drive, he attempted to pass a vehicle that was in his path. In the course of overtaking the slower vehicle, the truck collided with the rear of the car.

Car accidents caused by negligence often injure innocent victims

There are many reasons why Connecticut travelers may find themselves caught up in traffic collisions. Though there are incidents that may be unavoidable -- such as a medical emergency or a mechanical failure -- the vast majority of car accidents are caused by negligence on the part of another motorist. One such collision recently injured two young children.

Connecticut police announced that they apprehended and subsequently charged a man after he was involved in a serious car accident. According to the report, the 32-year-old man was operating his pickup truck along a local road when, for reasons that are still unknown, he veered into oncoming traffic. His vehicle then collided with another that was carrying a woman and her children.

Charges following fatal car accidents may be delayed for months

No matter how carefully one plans his or her day, there are some events that cannot be foreseen or prevented. Car accidents are some of the most frightening experiences that can occur without warning. Connecticut officials recently announced that criminal charges have finally been brought in connection with a fatal wreck that occurred in February.

According to the report, the accident that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old man, was caused by a 71-year-old man who failed to maintain position in his travel lane. The crash took place along a local multi-lane route in Naugatuck. Investigators stated that the charged driver veered over the center line and crashed head-on into the victim's car.

Connecticut toddler suffers serious animal bites

The warmer weather months lend themselves to enjoying outdoor activities with loved ones. Unfortunately, there are times when even an innocent outing such as an evening walk with family members can end with loved ones suffering serious injuries when an animal launches an unexpected attack. Recently, two Connecticut children and their grandfather required treatment of injuries that were inflicted by animal bites.

The grandfather was taking an evening walk with his 1-year-old grandchild in a stroller and his 6-year-old granddaughter. As they approached a house, the resident's bulldog came from the back of the house to the front yard. According to the owner, the grandfather shouted at the animal and attempted to yank the stroller out of the dog's reach. At some point, the animal, described as an English bulldog, attacked the two children, seriously injuring the 1-year-old in the face and head.

Connecticut city concerned about wrongful death through accidents

Stamford officials are actively working to improve pedestrian safety. While there has not been a recorded homicide in the city thus far this year, the same cannot be said for deaths caused by traffic accidents -- specifically, those involving pedestrians. Those who have lost a loved one in Connecticut due to the negligence of another party may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court.

As of March, two pedestrians had been killed in Stamford motor vehicle crashes. Though the city is not the deadliest in the state as far as these types of tragedies, it is said to be gaining ground on New Haven. The city announced proactive steps to reduce the numbers of these types of accidents. The effort is being approached through a three-prong plan.

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