Connecticut residents know that there are risks inherent on the roads every day. Whether as a pedestrian, bicyclists, motorcyclist or occupant in a vehicle, the chance of being in an auto accident exists. When an accident is caused by the negligence of a drunk driver, the emotional impact can add to the challenges experienced by victims and loved ones.
Particularly heading into the end of the school year, it is common for teens in New Haven to host and attend social gatherings. Although the legal drinking age throughout Connecticut is 21-years-old, some minors choose to consume alcohol at such get-togethers. Sometimes, parents may think they are doing the right thing by providing a place for their teenage children to drink and party with their friends. Other times, parents may not be home, and are therefore unaware of the illegal underage alcohol consumption that is occurring in their homes. In either situation, however, they could be held responsible if a teen who has ingested alcoholic beverages in their home is involved in an accident.
Occasionally, drivers may have issues with their vehicles while traveling on the roads of New Haven. Whether due to a flat tire, mechanical problem or any other number of reasons, motorists who experience situations such as this must often pull over to assess the issue. Even if they have found a seemingly safe place to do so, this can be dangerous for them, their passengers and other drivers.
As large SUVs become more popular in Connecticut and in the rest of the country, the potential danger increases for accident victims. Because these vehicles are so large, it is sometimes nearly impossible for people who have been hit by drunken SUV drivers to survive. Fortunately, people who cause disastrous drunk driving accidents are often held responsible for their actions.
When car accidents, truck accidents or other unfortunate incidents occur, they can leave victims with life-changing brain injuries. Even though some victims can regain some of their lost mental acuity, it often takes time and constant medical care. Fortunately, some Connecticut programs help people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury.
When Connecticut and the surrounding states face harsh winters, residents rely on the aid of snow plow trucks. Without this service, many people would be unable to travel to work, school, or home. Unfortunately, when snow plow truck drivers enter roadways, they’re putting themselves at risk for devastating auto collisions.
Connecticut parents often encourage their children to participate in sports and extracurricular activities, which typically teach them important values such as teamwork and discipline. Unfortunately, participation in some sports can also put children at risk of brain injuries and even heart problems.
Most Connecticut residents have some sort of mobile device that enables them to stay connected with their family, friends, and colleagues. While these devices can be tremendously useful, they can cause car accidents when people use them while they’re operating a motor vehicle. For this reason, some lawmakers are looking for more innovative ways to discourage distracted driving.
Even though most Connecticut drivers are cautious and careful, some car accidents are unavoidable. However, when people fail to stop after an auto accident, the legal system often punishes them severely. Such reckless behavior can even lead to more collisions with other drivers. Thankfully, people who flee the scenes of car accidents sometimes turn themselves in to the authorities.
When people in Connecticut turn to medical and dental professionals, they trust them to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, in some cases, the medical caregiver fails to follow certain safety procedures, and their patients are harmed as a result and may even suffer a severe brain injury. In these circumstances, the victim or the victim’s family members may choose to hold these professionals responsible for the damage that they caused.