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Are hands-free devices safe to use when driving?

It’s no secret that texting while driving is dangerous, for both yourself and other drivers. Because of these dangers, many motorists rely on hands-free devices, which allow you to operate your smartphone via voice alone. But are these devices any safer and can they actually prevent accidents? According to many, the answer is a resounding no.

How many pedestrians die in traffic accidents?

Every year, motor vehicle crashes result in the loss of many innocent lives. Sadly, some of these incidents involve pedestrians who may have been walking to work, trying to get some exercise or walking alongside the road for any number of reasons. It is very important to watch out for reckless drivers if you go for a walk or someone you love regularly walks to work or takes to the road for any other reason. Tragically, it is too late for many pedestrians whose lives were cut short by an irresponsible driver.

Determining seat belt usage liability

Most in New Haven do not need to be told of the benefits that come (or perhaps more importantly, the consequences that are avoided) by wearing seat belts. Plenty of evidence exists to show why wearing a seat belt might a good idea. Indeed, information shared by the Connecticut Department of Transportation shows that seat belt usage reduces accident fatalities by as much as 60-70 percent and the overall occurrence of car accident injuries by 50 percent. Yet still, some refuse wear them. This opens the door to the discussion of whether or not drivers can be held liable for injuries sustained by passengers that were not wearing their seat belts. 

What sort of aid should expect after a car accident?

It may be common knowledge amongst most in New Haven that people are not supposed to drive off after having been involved in a car accident. If for nothing else, a driver whose vehicle collides with yours is expected to at least provide you with their contact and insurance information. Yet what if you are injured in the accident and need immediate aid? Is said driver expected to provide it? 

When someone is overexcited while driving

A driver’s emotional state can increase the probability of a crash in different ways. For example, those who are angry may drive more aggressively, while drivers struggling with deep depression may struggle to respond to a threat on the road promptly. In this post, we will look at some of the concerns that are associated with driving while overexcited, which can be dangerous for different reasons even though some drivers do not realize it.

What can I do if I’m involved in a hit and run?

It’s every Connecticut driver’s worst nightmare. One minute you’re going about your merry way and the next you’re involved in a hit and run accident. Even if you were not at fault, it’s important you take the right steps in the aftermath. State Farm explains what you should do immediately following a hit and run, both to preserve safety and to ensure you receive the assistance you need.

How can I prevent distracted driving?

Motorists in Connecticut have a responsibility to drive safely at all times. Preventing distractions while driving is a crucial part of preserving the safety of yourself as well as others, as driving distractions are known to cause a wide range of accidents. In order to empower motorists to be responsible on the road, Geico offers the following advice.

What is a dram shop law?

The first question you may have after learning that the person who caused your car accident in New Haven was drunk at the time may be who would let even let a person drive in an intoxicated state? While fault for your accident certainly lies with the person who chose to imbibe and then climb behind the wheel, you could argue that whomever gave him or her access to alcohol might also be culpable. In certain cases, you would be right. 

Duck boat involved in collision with car

Many motorists in New Haven may not fully grasp the enormity of the responsibility that they assume when they get behind the wheel. Not only do they have the duty to operate their vehicles in a way that does not endanger others on the road around them, but they also must drive in a manner that protects their passengers in their own vehicles. A failure to fulfill both responsibilities can quickly open a driver up to liability claims from multiple parties. 

Steps to take if you’re involved in an accident

Even the safest drivers in Connecticut may find themselves involved in a car accident. Knowing which steps to take is crucial in this case, for both safety reasons as well as helping you file a claim if you’re the victim of a negligent driver. U.S. New & World Report offers the following information, which can help you take the right actions should a car accident occur.

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