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Blood alcohol concentration levels and their effects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a listing of the effects of different blood alcohol concentration levels on driving skills. Based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Medical Association and other organizations focused on curbing drunk driving, the listing shows effects ranging from the level of .02 percent all the way to .15 percent. In Connecticut, as in all 50 states, the legal BAC limit for driving is .08 percent.

The CDC's listing shows that even the relatively low BAC of .02 percent, which is the equivalent of about two beers, involves some impairment in driving skills. There is some loss of judgment and a slight decline in visual tracking ability and in the ability to perform two tasks at once. At .05 percent, which involves drinking one more beer, drivers have reduced coordination, difficulty steering and a lowered response to emergency situations.

Filing a claim after a car accident

Many people who are injured in car accidents in Connecticut are unsure what to do when the other driver is at fault. By gaining an understanding of what to do after a car accident ahead of time, a person may be better prepared to seek compensation after they are involved in a crash.

When a person is injured because of the actions of another driver, the injured victim must file a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance provider. The non-liable party should also report the accident to their own insurance provider just in case the other party's insurer refuses to pay for the accident. When making the report, the injured victim should only relay the facts about the accident, as the insurer will determine who is at fault by assessing the police report and other evidence.

Tips for driving in rainy weather

Drivers in Connecticut may need to think about the wet weather that comes with spring because, according to AAA, these conditions are a contributing factor in 1.2 million traffic collisions around the country every year. While remaining alert is one of the best things drivers can do to avoid accidents on wet roads, there are several other tips that they could use.

Before drivers even take to the road, they should check their tires. Tire condition is vital to the ability of a vehicle to stop fast when the road is wet. Having a mechanic rotate the tires can make the tread last slightly longer, but it is unsafe to drive with low tread, at which point it is best to buy new tires. Additionally, the tires need to have the correct amount of air in them.

Understanding the severity of a jaw injury after a car crash

Connecticut drivers might be interested in some facts about one type of injury that can result from a serious car accident. In severe cases, an injury to the jaw can require surgery and lengthy recovery time in order to completely heal.

When a person experiences trauma to the face during an auto accident, one common result is a broken or dislocated jaw. A broken jaw means that the jawbone has been fractured, while a dislocation means that the bone has moved out of position at either one or both of the joints. When a person's jaw has been broken, common symptoms include bruising and swelling of the face, bleeding inside of the mouth and difficulty opening and closing the jaw. With a dislocation, the person will often have difficulty speaking or have a feeling that their bite is not correct. They may also have pain in the side of the jaw that is dislocated.

Connecticut pedestrian seriously injured after hit-and-run

According to law enforcement authorities with the Norwalk Police Department, a 55-year-old man is in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. The incident occurred on April 1 just after 5:00 a.m. on the Interstate 95 South on-ramp from West Avenue in Norwalk.

Reportedly, emergency responders found the man lying in the roadway suffering from serious injuries. He had been a pedestrian when he was struck. The driver who allegedly hit the man fled the accident scene after doing so. The pedestrian was transported for emergency medical treatment to Norwalk Hospital, where he was reportedly listed as being in serious condition.

Fiery Connecticut 2-car crash kills 1, injures 3

Police in Connecticut's state capital say that they have yet to determine what may have caused a two-car crash in the early morning hours of March 31 that claimed the life of a 40-year-old man and injured three others. Hartford police say that their accident investigation unit is canvassing the North End residential neighborhood where the accident occurred. Officers were also observed collecting surveillance camera footage to determine if one of the cars was speeding or ran a red light immediately prior to the collision.

According to reports, a Dodge and a Hyundai collided at the intersection of Mather Street and Garden Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. One of the vehicles involved then struck a utility box, which is thought to have sparked a fire that damaged both of the cars. Rescue workers praised the fearless actions of a local resident who pulled accident victims from the burning vehicles.

Connecticut accident kills 1 in fiery crash

A two-car accident at the intersection of Garden and Mather Streets in Hartford on March 31 left one person dead and one vehicle in flames. The police, fire department and EMS arrived on the scene to manage the area, put out the flames and transport victims to a nearby hospital. Investigators have not yet determined in alcohol, speed or the failure to stop at a red light were contributing factors in the accident.

The vehicles involved, a dark-colored Dodge and a red Hyundai, were located near the intersection by officials. One passenger was trapped in the rear seat of the burning vehicle, according to reports. He suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene. Investigators claimed to anticipate a delay in the identification of the deceased due to the nature of the fatality. Three other people had to be taken to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment of injuries. One was reported to be in critical condition.

Car accidents and sternum fractures in Connecticut

When someone is involved in a car accident, one of the worst injuries he or she might receive is a fracture to the sternum. These fractures normally are also associated with numerous other injury types, and the fracture itself may cause additional damage to the organs and tissues the bone protects.

Sternum fractures are caused by a blunt force trauma to the chest, and they are more likely to occur in accidents in which the person's airbags do not deploy or when the person is not wearing a safety belt. Between 22 and 45 percent of cases involving sternum fractures result in the death of the injured person. In addition to the fracture itself, the heart may be bruised, the lungs punctured, the aorta ruptured and the abdominal organs damaged. Most people who suffer a sternum fracture also suffer multiple rib cage fractures. Some also have vertebral column fractures and spinal cord injuries. Following a sternum fracture, people are at risk of developing osteomyelitis, a bone infection, as well as pneumonia.

How can someone prevent road rage?

Every year in Connecticut, incidents involving road rage occur, some resulting in tragic accidents. While it may be impossible to control the behavior of others, drivers can do certain things in order to lessen their likelihood of being the target of road rage.

Common driving behaviors can lead to road rage incidents. Surveys indicate drivers are angered most by certain driving behaviors, so avoiding committing them may also help prevent road rage. People should drive in the far left lane only to pass, then getting back over into the right lane. Even if when people are driving at the speed limit, if they are traveling slower than the rest of traffic in the left lane, other drivers may become angry.

Texting is not the only distraction for Connecticut teenagers

Most public service announcements on distracted driving focus on texting behind the wheel while ignoring other dangerous behaviors. In a recent survey conducted by Oregon State University, 27 percent of teenagers reported that they change their shoes or clothes as they drive. Some of the other drive-time activities discovered in the study include applying makeup, doing homework and changing contact lenses. As teenagers become busier, they may try to add more dangerous activities into their commute.

On the other hand, the number of teenagers to report they texted while driving decreased when compared to earlier studies, demonstrating that recent anti-texting campaigns may have been effective. However, according to a recent report, a simple action, such as looking down to change a radio station, increases the risk of a car accident because the driver's attention is not on the road.

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