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What are Connecticut's crosswalk laws?

You may think collisions with pedestrians are easy to avoid provided that you drive in such a way as to avoid ever entering that section of the roadway that they control (a.k.a., the sidewalk). Yet there will inevitably be times when pedestrians must venture into the actual road when trying to cross the street. Fortunately for both you and them, designated crosswalks exist that afford them a safe avenue in which to cross. Yet a closer examination of Connecticut's crosswalk laws may reveal that you know less about them than you think. 

What are some common accidents involving bicycles?

According to SmartMotorist.com, there are approximately 90,000,000 cyclists in the U.S. Because bicycles are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles, Connecticut drivers must take the proper steps to prevent a serious accident from occurring. The following are a few common accidents, along with tips on how to avoid them.

Middlefield woman seriously injured in auto-ped accident

Many in New Haven may jokingly apply the concept of Darwinism to several situations outside of evolution. The idea of "survival of the fittest" may seem to imply that the biggest and the strongest of a related bunch always gets the best of a given situation. That may certainly be true in the case of an auto-pedestrian collision. Given the fact that pedestrians are fully exposed to the impact of a vehicle while motorists remain protected by their cars in such incidents, it is little wonder that pedestrians get the worst of it when such collisions occur. Thus, the law offers them protections is scenarios where they might encounter vehicles. 

How can you spot a drowsy driver?

Drinking and driving. Texting while driving. Eating while driving. All of these are practices that drivers in New Haven are told to avoid. Yet could there be an activity that most have no trouble avoiding, yet whose avoidance could also cause them to become hazards behind the wheel? There is indeed: it is known as sleep, and a drowsy driver could pose just as great a risk to you and others as any of the aforementioned groups of impaired or distracted motorists. 

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.

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