Women in Connecticut are more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle accident than men. In 2001, a piece in USA Today suggested that seat belts that were not designed with women in mind were to blame along with how women tended to sit and several other factors.
Drunk driving is an epidemic as most drivers in Connecticut know. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is behind 29% of all roadway fatalities. Drunk driving crashes accounted for 11,000 fatalities and over 200,000 cases of injury in 2017 alone. With automakers focusing so much on semi-autonomous vehicle technology, it may be a good time to start developing drunk driving prevention systems.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States, and Connecticut is no exception. Connecticut residents who have been injured as a result of a car accident may want to take the other driver to court in hopes of getting compensation for damages such as medical bills and lost wages. However, the court will first have to determine that the driver was indeed negligent. Even if it seems like a clear-cut case to the injured party, negligent driving has a specific legal definition.
Connecticut residents may have heard that the way to reduce distracted driving is to better educate people about the risks and better enforce the laws surrounding it. However, an online study from Wakefield Research, a market research firm, involving nearly 2,000 drivers across the nation shows that ignorance is not really the issue.
Connecticut drivers may be able to purchase Volvos with additional safety features starting in the early 2020s. The company says it hopes to focus its safety efforts on avoiding accidents instead of mitigating the effects of a crash after it happens.
The 2019 Travelers Risk Index asked over 2,000 people about their driving habits. Among the takeaways from the survey were that nearly 80 percent of consumers who responded said that they talk on the phone while driving. Furthermore, 30 percent admitted that they had nearly been in an accident because they were distracted. While distracted driving can be dangerous in Connecticut and across the U.S., many respondents said that they would have a hard time putting the phone down while driving.
Most Connecticut readers do everything they can to drive safely and avoid car crashes. However, accidents still happen and knowing what to do in the moments following a collision can be very important for insurance claims and any potential legal action.
Connecticut drivers who often find themselves drowsy behind the wheel should consider the danger that they pose. Drowsy driving, after all, is responsible for many auto accidents every year. Sleep deprivation, in its effect, is similar to alcohol. Going without sleep for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, well above the legal limit.
There are many ways in which a person in Connecticut can be killed in a drunk driving accident. In some cases, one can go into shock from losing too much blood in a short period of time. It is also possible for someone to bleed out from a massive cut or other open wound. Individuals who are struck by a vehicle could be killed because of blunt force trauma.
The car parts manufacturer ZF Group has released some safety data that could get automakers to consider the benefits of external airbags. However, Connecticut residents should know that external airbags, like self-driving cars, are far from being perfected, much less implemented on vehicles.