Many Connecticut drivers are aware that driving can be a dangerous activity, especially as drowsy and distracted drivers are found on the roadways. However, a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that collision avoidance systems like lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts can save lives.
One misconception people have about motor vehicle accidents is that "It takes two" - two or more vehicles to justify a claim.
Previous studies showed a link between ADHD and a higher risk of getting into a car accident. However, if a driver in Connecticut with ADHD takes medication, that accident risk may be reduced according to a study published in May 2017 in JAMA Psychiatry.
Connecticut motorists may have heard that fatal car accidents in the U.S. reached a nine-year high in 2016 despite the adoption of several safety features. It was determined that the increase in the number of fatal accidents were caused by excessive speeding, the failure to use seat belts and the increase in the number of motorcycle deaths.
Traffic safety advocates believe that smartphones are causing more deadly car accidents in Connecticut and across the U.S., but new federal statistics show that distracted driving deaths actually declined in 2016. What is going on?
While many Connecticut drivers believe that those traveling long distances may be more likely to become involved in a car accident, the fact is that many crashes actually occur within 25 miles of home.
Several studies have found that accident rates could be reduced and lives saved if drivers in Connecticut and around the country used their headlights during the day. Some researchers believe that the number of crashes on the nation's roads could be cut by 10 percent if all vehicles were fitted with daytime running lights, and countries including Denmark and Canada have passed laws mandating the use of headlights during daylight hours.
According to a 2016 study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, higher speed limits over the last 20 years have resulted in 33,000 deaths in Connecticut and the rest of the country. The report, which examined accidents occurring between 1993 and 2013, found increased speed limits led to 1,900 deaths in 2013, even as frontal airbags saved close to the same number of lives during the same year.
Improving economic conditions and falling fuel prices have led to increased traffic congestion in Connecticut and other U.S. states, and more cars, trucks and SUVs on the nation's roads means more traffic accidents and traffic accident fatalities. Road deaths increased by an alarming 7 percent in 2015 after several years of steady falls, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that 2016 was an even more deadly year for motorists.
To recover compensation in a car accident case, a plaintiff must satisfy the required elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation and damages. Specifically, the plaintiff must persuade the jury that the defendant breached his or her duty of care, resulting in injury, by a preponderance of the evidence standard.