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Drivers in Connecticut are the most unsafe in nation

Using its EverDrive app to analyze more than 781 million miles of driving data that it compiled in 2017, EverQuote - an online insurance aggregator - was able to conclude that Connecticut is home to the United States' least safe drivers. However, drivers in the state shouldn't feel particularly singled out. The other four states among the five worst were also in the Northeast: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Distracted driving campaigns net hundreds of Connecticut drivers

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and several cities stepped up their enforcement of anti-distracted driving laws, which are some of the toughest in the nation. As a result, hundreds of drivers were issued citations for distracted driving, which is notoriously difficult for officers to enforce. Challenging enforcement, along with drivers' increasing inattentiveness, combine to make distracted driving one of the state's leading causes of car accidents and resulting personal injury.

Construction sites pose risks for Connecticut workers

Construction sites are well-known for the dangers they pose not only to visitors and passers-by, but also to the women and men who work on them. When a construction worker is injured on the job while performing their duties, filing a workers' compensation claim is typically the only recourse available to the worker. In Connecticut, the construction industry accounts for a large percentage of the workers' compensation claims filed in the state each year.

Warehouses can be dangerous workplaces for Connecticut workers

Any workplace can be dangerous for the folks who are on the job there. Of course, some industries, like health care and construction, are considerably more dangerous and account for a higher proportion of workers' compensation claims than others. In recent months, warehouses that fulfill orders for online retailers, such as the Amazon facilities in Windsor and Wallingford, have drawn the attention of regulators and worker safety watchdog organizations. Amazon will break ground on a new, 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in New Haven this summer.

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