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June 2018 Archives

Connecticut looking to test self-driving vehicles

A lot of headlines in recent months have been devoted to self-driving vehicles. Unfortunately, this has been largely due to the number of recent car accidents involving vehicles equipped with the technology - including a handful of fatal crashes. The crash that resulted in the most extensive media coverage involved an Uber vehicle that was operating in semi-autonomous mode with a safety operator in the driver's seat.

Connecticut among safest places to live, less so to work

Citizens of Connecticut generally enjoy a higher quality of life than do citizens of many other states. In fact, a survey of the safest states was conducted and published by the website WalletHub and ranked Connecticut sixth overall among all states. In spite of its high overall ranking, however, Connecticut ranked only 22nd in the survey's "workplace safety" ranking. Clearly, this indicates that there is plenty of room for the state's employers to improve job conditions in Connecticut.

1 out of 6 traffic fatalities occurs on motorcycles

When the weather finally turns, motorists on Connecticut's highways begin to encounter increasing numbers of motorcyclists. Even though motorcycle riding is largely seasonal in Connecticut, a high percentage of all traffic fatalities stem from motorcycle deaths. This is because motorcyclists are more exposed and have considerably less protection than the drivers and passengers in other types of vehicles. Although car accidents are more frequent, motorcycle accidents tend to be more fatal.

Nice weather in Connecticut can bring motorcycle accidents

Once the snow has melted and the temperature rises, motorcycle enthusiasts hop on their bikes and hit the roads. Unfortunately, an increase in the numbers of motorcycles on Connecticut's roads also means more motorcycle accidents. There are, of course, many factors that lead to motorcycle accidents, including drivers of cars and other larger vehicles failing to be on the lookout for bikes.

Report: Connecticut has lowest work fatality rate in the nation

In AFL-CIO's annual "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect" report, 2016 data indicated that Connecticut was home to the safest workplaces in the United States. During that year, the latest for which statistics have been compiled, 28 people died on the job in Connecticut, resulting in a fatality rate of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national rate, by comparison, was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Rhode Island had the second lowest fatality rate at 1.8 per 100,000 workers, followed by California at 2.2 per 100,000.

How do you prevent car accidents?

At a time where everyone is so distracted behind the wheel, safety is always a very important concern. Even a small fender bender can be costly. Practicing safety at a time when the road is so unpredictable is a good idea. You never know who or what you may encounter, so it is good to be prepared.

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