Avoid Car Accidents – Choose Not To Text & Drive

We have written a great deal about the rising risk to driver safety fromAvoid car accidents - choose not to text and drive new technologies that distract the driver.  One of the leading distracters and biggest contributors to car accidents in Connecticut is cell phones.  When people use their cell phones to call or text while driving they significantly increasing the likelihood of a car accident. 

So what can be done about this problem?  First – when it comes to your children – lead by example.  Then firmly counsel them about the grave risks of texting or calling while driving.   Explain the legal implications if they are caught by law enforcement and be brutally frank with them about the safety risks.  Tell them cell phone use is a leading cause of fatal car accidents in Connecticut.  Tell them that if and when they use their cell phones while driving, they are risking their lives and the lives of others.

Now one would think that with all this technology, there would be a technological solution to prevent cell phone use by drivers.  In fact – there are emerging tools.

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Help Your Teenagers Avoid Car Accidents This Summer

Summer is a great time of the year in Connecticut.  Warm temperatures,keep your kids safe from car accidents this summer long days, great shorelines and lakes to enjoy – and vacation.

As great a season as it is – summertime is sadly the time of year when teenage drivers in Connecticut are most at risk for a car accident.  Fatal car accidents are also more prevalent in the summer.

What makes the summer more dangerous and car accidents more prevalent?

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Make Sure Your Employees Are Not Using Cell Phones While Driving!

Did you know that the National Safety Council has estimated that aboutprevent car accidents - make sure your employees do not use their cell phone while driving25% of all car accidents involve drivers who are either texting or using their cell phones while driving?  That adds up to over 1.2 million car and truck accidents a year.

Now here is the scary part for business owners…  If your employees illegally use their cell phones driving while working for you – you can and likely will be sued for any damages that occur.

Distracted driver lawsuits are now increasingly common.  Whether it is done in a company car, on a company issued phone or on an employee’s personal phone – if an employee has an accident while using a cell phone during hours in service to your company – your corporation will face serious legal and financial consequences.

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New Study on Teenage Drivers and Car Accidents

Anyone with a child of driving age knows the feeling. keep your teenage driver safe from car accidentsYour child has taken the car out on a Friday night to meet friends.  Every 30 minutes you’ve looked at the clock.  Every siren you hear has given you a sinking feeling in your gut.

As the night progresses, you lie in bed waiting to hear the door open, announcing the safe arrival of your child – still wondering if your child is safe.  Still sleepless, you finally hear the door open and a “hi mom and dad… I’m home”.

If you are like most parents – this scenario plays itself out for years.

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Alcohol Sales on Sundays and What That Means for Connecticut Drivers

A bill signed by Governor Malloy on May 14 made it official.  On May 20th,sunday liquor sales in Connecticut Connecticut consumers were able to buy alcohol on Sundays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.  This new legislation ended years of an enforced ban on liquor sales and leaves Indiana as the only state banning Sunday sales.

According the NBC Connecticut the bill will also allow liquor stores to sell fruit and well as cheese, crackers and olives.  The minimum pricing rules – setting limits on discounts – remains in effect in this legislation.

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Protect Yourself From An Accident On Connecticut Roads This Summer

As spring and summer return to Connecticut, we all feel the need to beProtect yourself from an accident on Connecticut's roads this summeroutside enjoying the change of seasons.  With gas prices being what they are, we all have additional incentives to walk, run or ride our bikes to our next destination.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign recently released a list of the most dangerous roads for these activities in Connecticut.  Two roads on which to use extreme care are the Boston Post Road (Rt. 1) and Route 5.  These highways have seen the greatest number of pedestrian/car accidents in the entire State.

On a county by county basis – Hartford County and New Haven County lead the state in these types of accidents.

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High Car Accident Rate For Connecticut Drivers

Recently released studies on highway safety provide disturbing news forHigh car accident rate for Connecticut drivers motorists.  There is a higher frequency of car crashes in Hartford, ironically the Insurance Capital of the World, than in any other major metropolitan area in the U.S.  And Bridgeport is close behind Hartford.  These studies show that Connecticut drivers face real safety challenges – particularly errors made by other drivers.

The two studies showing low scores for Connecticut drivers were the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview and the 2011 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.

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What To Ask Each Personal Injury Law Firm You Meet With

One question we encourage folks to ask each personal injury law firmAsk each personal injury law firm how many cases have they won they talk to about their accident case is, “how many cases have you won?”

Why does that question matter?  It matters because there are a number of high profile firms and attorneys representing injury victims who rarely if ever actually try cases in court.  To be successful as a personal injury lawyer, opposing parties (lawyers and insurance companies) need to know that you are prepared to take a personal injury case to trial if need be – and that you have a record of winning those trials.  Without that element – a personal injury lawyer’s ability to negotiate settlements is severely weakened.  Leverage is gone.

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Will Red Light Cameras Prevent Car Accidents in Connecticut?

The Connecticut State Legislature is currently considering legislation toWill red light cameras prevent car accidents in Connecticut? allow cities and towns to install what are called Red Light Cameras.  These devices record the behavior of drivers at traffic lights allowing for automated fining of drivers who run red lights.

Drivers ignoring or running red lights are a persistent cause of serious car accidents in Connecticut.

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Choose an Accident Lawyer Recognized by Peers

There are certain questions you should ask when meeting with a personal injury law choose an accident lawyer that has also been chosen by their peersfirm. One question to ask the accident lawyers you meet with is the following:

Have your peers recognized you for your accomplishments?

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