Encountering road construction is a common occurrence for most Connecticut residents, but these work zones present numerous hazards that can make them hotbeds for car crashes. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we recognize that work zone car crashes are on the rise across America, and we have helped many people who suffered injury because of the negligence of someone else pursue appropriate recourse.
If you talk and text on your cellphone while driving, you are not alone. Approximately 600,000 people engage in this practice at any given moment of the day, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Yet thousands of people are injured and killed in accidents caused by this type of distracted driving. Some have turned to using hands-free cellphones as a way to minimize distraction and still use a cellphone while driving. Yet, a study released by AAA shows that hands-free cellphones are not much safer than their hand-held counterparts.
At the law office of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we know that many hazards confront drivers in Connecticut, from adverse weather conditions to distracted and drunk drivers. We also know that teenagers can be at risk, and they may also cause dangerous situations for anyone sharing the road.
The basic elements of any civil action initiated in Connecticut are a plaintiff and a defendant. The plaintiff is needed to supply the complaint, while the defendant is needed to answer for it. It is important to remember, however, that either side of a civil case need not necessarily be individuals; both can be represented by a legal entity or organization. For example, in cases where one of the parties to such a matter is deceased, an action may be initiated by (or responded to) by their estate.
As a driver, you may share the road with large trucks and semis on a daily basis. However, you may not know that it can be dangerous to do so. Here are some facts you may not have known about large trucks and semis that can help you stay safe on the road.
When people think of holidays when the most accidents occur, most think of New Year's Eve and other holidays where there tends to be a lot of drinking. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is consistently one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and also fatalities.
A Connecticut driver may be following another vehicle far too closely if he or she would not be able to avoid a collision if the other driver brakes suddenly or is stopped. The driver should provide enough stopping time between motor vehicles in order to avoid a citation for following too closely.
Increasingly, law enforcement officials are pursuing criminal charges against negligent drivers who cause serious and fatal accidents while in violation of traffic laws or using a cell phone. A Connecticut teen is being criminal charged nearly a year after a motor vehicle accident downtown Bridgeport killed a 56-year-old woman.
On Monday night, a young motorcyclist was killed in a tragic accident near an intersection in West Haven Connecticut. Since July, two others have been killed in accidents at the same intersection. Now investigators and residents are looking into the dangerous conditions that may have contributed to the catastrophic accidents and fatalities.
A recent report revealed that a fatal tour bus crash was caused by a fatigued driver. The accident that killed 15 passengers was mostly likely the result of a driver lacking sleep and a company that failed to proved safety oversight according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The driver had almost no sleep in the three days leading up to the March 12, 2011 accident except for a nap he took while passengers were in a Connecticut casino.