Drivers in Connecticut always have good reason to be concerned about an auto accident when taking to the roadways. A large number of car crashes happen throughout the United States each year, with numbers exceeding 60 million. More than that, the number of accidents has grown year over year in 2015 and 2016. Because car accidents can cause significant bodily injury or even death, researchers have dedicated themselves to understanding the causes of auto accidents in order to lower the number of accidents and cut down on driving behavior that can lead to preventable injuries.
Research into auto crashes has involved both detailed study of previous accidents and the use of technology to outfit vehicles in order to study driver behavior. This research has pointed to a few key types of accidents that can be prevented with changed behavior. One of the most common types of car accidents is caused by drivers who enter a rolling right turn on a red light, potentially injuring cyclists, pedestrians and others. This type of accident is the cause of 6 percent of passenger deaths. By coming to a complete stop at a red light before making a right turn, this type of accident can be avoided.
Another danger on the roadway that happens to more people than one might think is drowsy driving. Approximately 37 percent of American adults have reported falling asleep while driving at one time in their lives. This can be deadly as 21 percent of fatal accidents and 7 percent of crashes overall involve drowsy driving. Taking care to avoid driving when overtired can help avert this type of crash.
People who have been injured by dangerous driving on the roadway may not only be concerned with preventing future accidents, but also with seeking recompense for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer can represent car accident victims seeking compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages and other damages.