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Confused; negligent drivers pose danger of serious car accidents

Traveling comes with its fair share of headaches for most motorists. Along with congested traffic conditions, foul weather during Connecticut storms and ever-present road construction, motorists have enough to handle without the dangers posed by negligent or confused drivers. Unfortunately, even the most experienced driver cannot always avoid serious car accidents that are caused by the mistakes or carelessness of another party.

Connecticut officials were recently called out to the scene of a crash that occurred along Route 9 near the town of Essex. According to the report, the wreck was caused when a 38-year-old man entered the roadway from the wrong direction. Shortly after entering the highway, the driver's vehicle collided with another that was being driven by a 70-year-old man. A third vehicle driven by a 66-year-old man was also caught up in the wreck.

Connecticut riders at greater risk of motorcycle accidents

Even though much of the country is currently dreaming of warm weather while it deals with winter challenges, it is never out of season to discuss traffic safety issues. According to one study, riders in Connecticut run a higher risk of being involved in serious motorcycle accidents. While the lack of a comprehensive helmet law may play a role, there are other factors at play.

Almost as soon as the weather becomes favorable, the calls to emergency services concerning motorcycle crashes commence. While the overall crash rate involving motorcycles dropped throughout the country in 2017, it did not drop as much in Connecticut. According to a report compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities were approximately 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths. However, in this state, fatal motorcycle crashes comprised more than 17 percent of all the traffic deaths.

There are a few actions that may forestall serious animal bites

The vast majority of self-proclaimed dog trainers and behavior specialists claim that the old advice advising the general public in how to avoid an attack by a dog are still the most reliable methods. Unfortunately, there has been a disturbing upward trend in the numbers of victims who have suffered serious injuries from animal bites. There may be a few practical strategies that can provide some protection in the event a Connecticut resident finds him or herself facing a dangerous situation.

The majority of dog attacks occur when an owner is attempting to protect a pet from an aggressive dog. In the process of intervening, the owner becomes the focus of the attack. While one of the first reactions to being bitten is to try to pull away or hit a dog on the head, both of these attempts usually result in more severe injuries. Instead, a bite victim should push against the bite as this throws the animal off balance and encourages it to release its hold.

Families of fatal accident victims may pursue wrongful death

The loss of a loved one is never easy to accept, especially when the death is sudden and preventable. In the case of a fatal car accident, families are often left to grieve their loss while seeking answers as to how the accident occurred. Recently, one Connecticut family may have received some measure of closure after a police officer was charged with negligent homicide. Though criminal charges may ease the pain, some families in these circumstances may seek relief for their monetary damages through the filing of a wrongful death civil suit.

The accident, which took the life of a 50-year-old woman, occurred last July. Police and emergency responders received a report of a woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street. Responders rendered aid to the victim, who was transported to a local medical center. Unfortunately, the victim was critically injured and later died.

An icy fall could be basis for premises liability lawsuit

One of the winter chores that beset residents in the colder regions is clearing frozen material from their sidewalks and driveways. While shoveling and salting may be seen as an unpleasant task, it is also required by law in the majority of Connecticut's municipalities. In the event that a pedestrian were to be injured by a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, he or she may have a basis for filing a premises liability lawsuit.

Though there is no blanket law that applies to every state, the majority of cities and towns have laws regarding the time frame for removal of ice and snow from sidewalks, parking areas and other walkways that are accessible to the general public. If ice cannot be removed, then property owners are usually required to apply sand or other material that renders the walkway safer to pedestrians. Recently, a victim shared her story after suffering a serious fall on an icy sidewalk.

Pit bulls responsible for the majority of serious animal bites

According to several studies, pit bulls are to blame for a majority of fatal dog attacks. Rottweilers and pit bulls are cited as being responsible for more than half of all serious animal bites. One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, was criticized for getting the information on which it based its conclusions from media accounts Every state has reported serious injuries, including several vicious attacks in Connecticut.

Several reasons are cited to support the belief that these dogs are potentially more dangerous than other breeds. Pit bulls have a reputation for attacking without prior warning or provocation. They also tend to bite repeatedly and can inflict more damage due to stronger bite pressure. They were bred specifically to bait bears and feral hogs and have been frequently used for dog fighting. All of these factors combine to make these animals more dangerous, especially to children.

Sentence handed down in crash that led to wrongful death of 2

In the beginning of 2018, two Connecticut families were forced to endure the loss of two beloved women who were killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash. The man responsible for those tragic deaths recently appeared in court for the sentencing phase of his criminal trial. Even though a motorist may be held criminally responsible for these types of crashes, families may wish to seek their own justice and closure through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.

The trial reportedly stems from a car accident in which the man struck and killed two women and proceeded to flee the scene. During the trial, family members shared stories about how they are struggling to cope with the loss. The man was reportedly reminded by a relative that although he will serve time in prison, he may have the opportunity to see his loved ones again. This is something the families of the victims have been denied.

Connecticut car accidents can shatter lives and families

Interstate 95 that runs the entire length of the eastern coast of the United States. Connecticut motorists are certainly aware of the dangers of car accidents along this highway and the terrible toll these crashes can take on the lives of victims and their families. There have been between 500 and 700 wrong-way collisions every year throughout the state during each of the last five years.

The most recent wrong-way wreck occurred along a portion of I-95 that connects Connecticut with a neighboring state. According to the police report, a 38-year-old man was driving his vehicle against traffic along I-95 southbound. It is unclear how long the driver was traveling in the wrong direction before his car crashed into another vehicle driven by a 26-year-old woman. The impact of the crash killed one passenger in each vehicle.

Premises liability cases best handled with experienced help

Those who enter a Connecticut establishment typically expect to be safe from harm. In order to avoid the risk that an individual will be injured while on a particular property, there are obligations that a properly owner or manager is expected to meet. When one suffers an injury while on the property of another, grounds may exist for filing a premises liability claim.

When an accident occurs while visiting the property of another, it may be challenging to gather the necessary evidence to prove one's claim. These types of claims can include slip-and-fall accidents caused by slippery surfaces, cracked or broken sidewalks, faulty flooring or stairways or malfunctioning escalators. Property owners who are aware of such hazards are obligated to either correct the defects or provide adequate warnings that such conditions exist.

Fatal traffic accidents could prompt wrongful death claims

One of the most devastating events that can befall families is losing a loved one in a sudden and tragic manner. One of the most frequent causes of these deaths is traffic accidents caused by an inattentive or otherwise negligent motorist. Connecticut families who have been forever changed by these often preventable crashes may seek their own justice and closure through a wrongful death civil lawsuit.

One such accident claimed the life of a father of two children in June of 2016. The woman criminally charged in this wreck was recently sentenced to serve a 10-year prison sentence for causing the accident. The 43-year-old victim was riding his motorcycle down a local road when the 24-year-old woman pulled out of an intersecting road and collided with the motorcycle.

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