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Study shows Connecticut has third strictest DUI laws in nation

Though not covered by federal law, every state has a drinking age of 21, plus their own drunk driving laws. Even so, more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Connecticut has strict statutes against drunk drivers, and a recent study shows that the state has the third strictest laws in the nation.

In addition to the 10,000 lives taken in the nation due to drunk driving, the American economy suffers an annual $60 billion loss due to the action. There is good news, however. The DUI laws have dropped fatalities by 52 percent between 1982 and 2013, the last year the study took into consideration. 

How the statute of limitations could affect you after a car crash

It is not unusual for someone involved in a serious car crash to refuse medical attention at the scene, and then wake up the next day or several days with severe pain and discomfort. It might take months, depending upon the injury, for symptoms to appear and cause you to seek medical attention.

Even car accident victims suffering catastrophic injuries requiring immediate medical attention might not realize the full extent of the long-term consequences. Many people do not think in terms of seeking advice from an attorney about making a claim for compensation against the negligent driver who caused the accident.

Challenges inherent in recovery for drunk driving accidents

The aftermath of a car accident in which the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol would seem, at least on first blush, to be a straightforward matter: you present your claim for compensation against that driver’s insurance company, and it settles. After all, if the insured was drunk at the time of the collision, many times the insurance company will be reluctant to see the matter end up in court where a sympathetic jury might award you much more than any settlement amount it has in mind.

But this seemingly good news -- the willingness of the other driver’s insurer to settle, and to settle quickly -- can also present a potential trap. You must always remember that insurance companies are like any other business, they have a “bottom line” that drives everything they do. And if minimizing a settlement offer at your expense will foster the insurer’s balance sheet, then it is a safe wager that that is what it will try to do.

What factors contribute to pedestrian accidents?

According to information available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year about 5,000 people die in pedestrian accidents nationwide and at least another ten times that many are injured. It is a certainty that Connecticut has its share of both of these statistics.

Pedestrians should be aware that just because they obey the rules and cross only at intersections with crosswalks when does not ensure their safety; there are simply too many drivers who themselves have a much more relaxed attitude when it comes to safety considerations.

Alcohol vs. marijuana: study suggests one is worse for drivers

Drunk driving has long been a source of mayhem on the roads. The increasing prevalence of drugged driving has added a new layer to this problem, and when it comes to mixing drugs and automobiles marijuana is the clear first choice. Recently, a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office on National Drug Control Policy on the effects of alcohol and marijuana suggests that of these two intoxicants alcohol is clearly worse in its effects on drivers.

The study used a driving simulator to monitor what happened when test subjects spent 45 minutes of simulated driving time while having a blood alcohol content level of up to .065 percent or who had taken marijuana in a vaporized form. The purpose of the study was to see how well the participants were able to keep the simulated car inside of their lane.

New law aims to prevent drunk driver from starting car

A new law aimed at preventing a drunk driving accident by preventing the drunk driver from starting his or her motor vehicle has just taken effect in Connecticut. The forces motorists convicted of driving under the influence to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

The device prevents a motor vehicle from starting without the driver first blowing into it. The ignition interlock device performs an analysis of the breath sample and, if it detects alcohol, will not allow the vehicle to start. Some models even if a separate camera to record who is breathing into the machine to prevent drivers from attempting to avoid detection by having someone else breathe into it.

New law aims to prevent drunk driver from starting car

A new law aimed at preventing a drunk driving accident by preventing the drunk driver from starting his or her motor vehicle has just taken effect in Connecticut. The forces motorists convicted of driving under the influence to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

The device prevents a motor vehicle from starting without the driver first blowing into it. The ignition interlock device performs an analysis of the breath sample and, if it detects alcohol, will not allow the vehicle to start. Some models even if a separate camera to record who is breathing into the machine to prevent drivers from attempting to avoid detection by having someone else breathe into it.

Police gather evidence in fatal bicycle accident

Determining if a negligent driver was the cause of a pedestrian accident usually focuses on the actions taken by the driver immediately prior to the impact. A distracted driver whose failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk is just one example of a situation in which fault might be clear.

Sometimes, however, the evidence does not clearly establish that one party in an accident, particularly an auto-pedestrian accident, was the only one at fault. A Connecticut bicycle accident in which the driver of a pickup truck struck and killed the rider illustrates how the evidence uncovered in an investigation requires careful analysis before it is clear which party might be at fault.

Police gather evidence in fatal bicycle accident

Determining if a negligent driver was the cause of a pedestrian accident usually focuses on the actions taken by the driver immediately prior to the impact. A distracted driver whose failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk is just one example of a situation in which fault might be clear.

Sometimes, however, the evidence does not clearly establish that one party in an accident, particularly an auto-pedestrian accident, was the only one at fault. A Connecticut bicycle accident in which the driver of a pickup truck struck and killed the rider illustrates how the evidence uncovered in an investigation requires careful analysis before it is clear which party might be at fault.

Car crash shows how personal injury can lead to wrongful death

A recent two-car accident on Connecticut Route 20 that initially caused five injuries has led to its first death, that of a six-year-old girl who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, nearly a week after the event. The incident offers a glimpse into some of the considerations that must go into making any decision whether to pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims in connection with any car or truck collision.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, including the participation of accident reconstruction specialists. What is known is that the two vehicles involved apparently hit each other head-on.

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